Regional Growth and Regional Governance:
Ohio State University
City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Introduction and Overview | Course Topic
Books | Class Meetings | Grading and Group Projects | Trip Notes
|Introduction and Overview|
Professor Bernhard Müller, at the Technical University in Dresden (TUD) and Professor Hazel Morrow-Jones at the Ohio State University (OSU) teach joint seminars on Regional Growth and Regional Governance in Germany and the US during the spring term of 1999. The classes include reading, field work and cooperative work with professional planners in both countries.
The OSU course, taught by Professor Morrow-Jones, is a seminar/discussion class with a small number of students (we aim for approximately 12 students in each country). We make use of guest speakers and other faculty members from both countries as much as possible. Students will work in small groups on papers and in different small groups on field projects. Each group will contain students from both countries. We will work jointly with the German class during the spring quarter via electronic-mail, fax, the world wide web and video conferencing. We hope to make the video conferencing available for small group and individual use as well as classroom use. At the end of the quarter we plan to have all of the OSU students go to Dresden for two weeks to complete the group projects and do one of the field analyses (the German class will still be in session at that time). I will offer Seminar in Housing (CRP 816) during the second term of summer quarter and the German students will join us in Columbus for the last two weeks of that class in order to undertake field work in Columbus.
We encourage a broad interdisciplinary mix of students and welcome participation from those with many different backgrounds. For students at OSU, the only requirements are graduate standing or permission of the instructor, the ability to go to Dresden for at least two or three weeks after spring quarter finals, and availability to help with the visit of the TUD students in August of 1999. Knowledge of German is not be required - readings will be in English and our colleagues in Dresden will be able to work with us in English. Previous classes in planning or in housing studies are not be required. If more students want to take the joint seminar than space permits, selection will be made on the basis of the formal requirements, followed by the student's background and ability to contribute to the class (including enthusiasm for the topic). We are searching for funds to help defray student expenses, but students will probably have to pay for at least the airfare. In the summer of 1998, students from OSU visited Dresden for two weeks for the cost of airfare and incidentals. We were able to cover room (in a youth hostel), most meals, ground transportation and most admission fees.
These regional problems are often viewed as examples of issues that should have regional solutions. Germany has a regional level of planning regulation. The U.S. does not. However, the lack of a standardized approach in the U.S. means that many more experiments are being tried around the country. We want to explore the efficacy of the German system and of these different U.S. experiments in handling regional problems. Examples of some of the regional solutions we will examine include: urban growth boundaries; “smart growth”; regional taxation schemes (e.g., revenue sharing); and regional land use legislation, including American zoning and German regional planning.
We have the unusual opportunity of working electronically with a seminar at the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) during the quarter and then completing our work in the field by visiting Dresden in June and hosting our German colleagues in Columbus in late August. The class will be conducted in English or, when German is necessary, with a translator.
During the first ten weeks (before we travel to Germany) students will read extensively, work with their groups to define their topics and base information and write background papers on those topics for their own country.
The course is international in scope and experimental in nature. Consequently we need to be as flexible as possible to take advantage of opportunities or to work around problems as they arise. This syllabus describes my best estimate of our situation. Please feel free to suggest changes or other ways of doing things.
Tom Daniels, 1999. When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Douglas R. Porter. 1997. Managing Growth in America’s Communities. Island Press, Washington, DC.
David Rusk. 1999. Inside Game Outside Game: Winning Strategies for Saving Urban America. The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.
At least once during the quarter, I would like to have a social gathering at my home and we may also decide to have some class meetings there. Last year, we discovered that one-day a week wasn’t really enough time for the discussions and material we wanted to cover. Class meetings will usually involve discussion and short presentations from class members. The discussions will focus on readings, questions, and concerns from class members in either country.
During the quarter we will also try to prepare everyone as much as possible for the trip to Dresden. Consequently, class time will also be spent discussing readings on Germany and the German planning system, as well as familiarizing everyone with Dresden and its surroundings.
Grading and Group Projects
During the first ten weeks (before we travel to Germany) students will read extensively, work with their groups to write background papers, and undertake a variety of small assignments. Some of those assignments will require that the American students get information from their German colleagues and vice versa.
For each question you and your German counterparts will have to narrow the focus of the question and decide what you will concentrate on for each county.
Grades for the course will be based on the following assignments:
35% Group Project
We will explore as many of the salient regional strategies as possible, including (but not limited to) growth boundaries, fair share housing provisions, revenue sharing, land use planning, transportation financing, and so on.
In each of these topics the groups will address questions about the need (if any) for regional action, the kinds of regional action needed, the pros and cons of regional action, and proposals for action within the constraints of the two national systems.
The due date for your first draft is: May 11, 1999. I will return them to you by May 18 and you will rewrite them by June 1. Each paper must be presented in both hard copy and electronic form. On June 1, you will e-mail the papers to Germany, sending by email a copy to me as well.
The draft of the final paper from each group will be due on Oct. 15, 1999. This paper will use the original two background papers (one from the U.S. and one from Germany) as the base, but will continue the discussion, examining various possible solutions to the problems and issues you identified as well as discussing their positive and negative points. The due date for the final rewrite will be no later than Nov. 15, 1999.
After spring quarter is over, we will travel to Dresden for two weeks of intensive fieldwork. The fieldwork may involve visiting developments; interviewing planning officials, developers, etc.; collecting data; doing survey work; . . . and lots of other things. Unless you have specifically arranged it with me, I expect you to make the trip with us, and for those two weeks, to remain with the group, undertaking all of the activities that our hosts plan for us. In Dresden we will work and travel together as a class (in 1998 we visited Berlin, Leipzig, the Saxon Switzerland, the Czech Republic and many places in and around Dresden). Students will also work with their German colleagues on small group focused field projects, which will culminate in poster presentations.
In the second half of August the TUD students will come to Columbus for fieldwork here. I hope that everyone will be able and willing to participate actively for the two weeks they will be here. If you are working try to arrange your schedules so that you will have time to attend our events (all day every day for two weeks). I will offer CRP 816 in the second term of summer quarter so that you can get course credit for strong participation with the German students’ visit.
When the German students visit Columbus we will undertake a similar schedule including the small group field projects and poster presentations. In 1998 the Columbus schedule for the German visit included: a weekend in Cleveland, a hard hat tour of COSI's new site, several neighborhood tours, lunch on the 34th floor of the Huntington Tower, a visit to the Longaberger Basket Company Headquarters, lunch at the Kahiki, talks from the Columbus Auditor and Columbus Planners, a tour of the Darby Creek and many other activities. The local poster projects in central Ohio examined Campus Partners' plans, the Morse-Bethel Connector, residential development near a landfill in Delaware County, Gahanna's plans for riverfront development, and the problems of inner suburban areas.For background information on Columbus and Dresden, see:
Ideally, everyone in class will attend all sessions, will travel to Dresden with us and will be available in August to work with the Dresden students when they come here. The final aspects of the group projects cannot be completed until the Columbus field portion of the class is done – and that will happen in August.
Some examples of the kinds of tasks we’ll need to get done over the course of the seminar include:
Keep track of what contributions you have made (I may not realize all the things you’ve done or forget in the rush of other things going on), and include the list as a separate page with your journal when you turn it in.
The journals will be due Sept. 27, 1999.