Community & Regional Planning

If you care about the present and future sustainability of neighborhoods, cities, and regions then look no further than Community & Regional Planning.  

We are practitioners and scholars engaged in developing practice- and policy-based solutions to the pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges faced by communities in Philadelphia, the greater Philadelphia region, the US, and communities across the globe. 

We are educating the next generation of leaders with the essential knowledge, skills, and values to work collaboratively with stakeholders to establish lasting improvements in the quality of life of residents. 

The department offers a BS Community Development and MS Community and Regional Planning, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Both programs integrate theory, methods, practice and service learning to provide students with an in-depth understanding of urban problems, ability to craft solutions, and capacity to act and to affect lasting change. 

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  • Planning Studio Brownfields Study Wins Award!

    Above: Members of the 2015 Graduate Planning Studio at Wednesday’s award ceremony The southwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia bear the scars of a long history of indu...

  • Jeff Featherstone writes about his work in the West Bank

    Professor Jeffery Featherstone has contributed articles covering his work in the West Bank to a new online magazine published by the International Society Of City And ...

  • Undergraduate
  • Accelerated BS + MS Degree

    The  4+1 Accelerated BS Community Development + MS Community and Regional Planning Program enables students to graduate with a MS Community and Regional Planning degree in 5 years rather than the typical 6 years. 4+1 students are able to comp... More More about Accelerated BS + MS Degree

  • Minor in Community Development

    Students in the Tyler School of Art (except for Community Development majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community Development. Through this minor students undertake formal studies a... More More about Minor in Community Development

  • Minor in Community & Regional Planning

    Students in the Tyler School of Art as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community and Regional Planning. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about public planning, thereby pr... More More about Minor in Community & Regional Planning

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian

    Jason Hachadorian (MS CRP '15) is heading to Washington to work as a research assistant focusing on Innovation Districts with the Brookings Institution. Like many who land in the nation’s capital, he wants to use his talents to affect positive change, particularly in urban centers. “Cities right now are enjoying a real resurgence. After decades of people leaving urban centers, people are moving back to cities,” said Hachadorian, 26, of Collegeville, who graduated with an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple in May. “The focus now needs to be on how to handle this influx of people and apply sound redevelopment strategies to accommodate them. As a planner, you develop on-the-ground knowledge of how cities work in addition to learning how to communicate and mediate between different stakeholders, recognizing changes in demographics and the environmental realities cities face.” More

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    Featured Event

    Placemaking - Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia

    April 29, 2016

    Morning Public Lecture followed by a Design Workshop for Temple University Students Public Lecture Learn successful placemaking strateg

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    Graduate Information Session: Planning

    February 04, 2016

    Register for the MS Community and Regional Planning information session on February 4th at Temple's Center City campus.  The graduate inf

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    Butterfly Gardens at Local Schools

    February 2, 2016

    On October 30th and November 3rd, Community Development and Community and Regional Planning students along with community connectors an

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    Building the 21st Century Library: Co-Sponsored by the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design and Temple University Libraries

    February 10, 2016

    Architecture and the Evolution of the 21st Century Cultural Memory Institution 


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