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Smart Growth

Seeking Common Ground in Smart Growth and Food System Planning: Lessons from the "Food for Growth" Studio

Submitted by Samina Raja, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Buffalo.

This course demonstrates how smart growth approaches to development can help create "food secure" neighborhoods, where residents have access to nutritious, fresh food. Professor Raja shows that food security is a fundamental component to improving quality of life for many urban residents.

The prospectus discusses the expectations of the client (the Massachusetts Avenue Project), the goal of the studio, the expectations of the students (who were expected to think of themselves as entry-level planners), and the end products.

In addition, Professor Raja discusses the integration of smart growth and food system planning, which are not typically associated with one another. This discussion is valuable for future work on food security and in areas where the connection to smart growth is not so obvious.

See more examples of course prospectuses that teach smart growth concepts at colleges and universities.

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