Urban Studies & Planning seniors present solutions to real-world problems

USP senior seminar group photoOn May 2, seven teams of students in the Urban Studies & Planning Senior Seminar showcased projects they worked on in collaboration with community clients, including many local government agencies. The teams presented their findings to a professional jury that included clients and faculty. Their work addressed issues in the areas of housing policy and planning, community economic development, land use planning and transportation planning.

USP senior seminar

Under the direction of Professor Ayse Pamuk, the Urban Studies & Planning Senior Seminar teaches students to solve urban planning and policy problems by combining theory, substantive knowledge and analytical skills by working on real-world projects addressing the needs of Bay Area communities. Students practice working in a team and prepare a written report. SF State has designated the seminar as a Community Service Learning (CSL) course since Spring 2005. Projects are selected through an RFP process.

Clients benefit by working with a team of enthusiastic, graduating seniors who have been exposed to a variety of research techniques and software programs, and who are developing a broad set of skills. External clients this spring included the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services, Rebuilding SF Together, SF Planning Dept., City of Burlingame, City of South San Francisco, Mission Economic Development Agency, and SF Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

Team Presentations

See team presentations below with links to slideshows:

Housing Diverse Narratives in SF: Seniors & Adults with Disabilities
Team: Telesia Alusa, Evan Gorman, Jonathan Hamada
Client: Department of Aging & Adult Services, SF

Identifying High Impact Neighborhoods for Housing Repairs for Low-Income Homeowners and Renters
Team: Ryan Costello, Annamarie Cunningham, Andrew Humphries
Client: Rebuilding Together SF

San Francisco Invest in Neighborhoods: Excelsior & Outer Mission Commercial Profile
Team: Ben Baczkowski, Lashan Wiley, Claye Fowler, Nicholas Evans
Client: SF Panning Department

North Rollins Road Industrial Arts & Design District in Burlingame
Team: Matt Ferullo, Brandon Durant, Paulo Roman
Client:‚Äč City of Burlingame

Downtown South San Francisco Residential Lanes: Analysis of Public Realm
Team: Austin Gates, Ziyun Li , Ellen Edgar Li
Client: City of South San Francisco

Transportation Assessment of the Mission District Community
Team: Raul Justo, Tony Pang, Mia Taylor
Client: Mission Economic Development Agency 

Mapping Rent Controlled Properties in SF
Team: Nick Fish, Quinn Oliver, Christina Mirani
Client: SF Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development