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Good Urbanism

Good Urbanism is our popular smart growth planning seminar, which teaches planning and design professionals, government officials and neighborhood residents about the importance of creating sustainable communities.

The courses are taught by dynamic lecturers, including several faculty members from Georgia Tech's College of Architecture.

Good Urbanism 101

In Good Urbanism 101, attendees learn the history, principles and current practices of urban design and planning in America with an emphasis on ways that existing infrastructure -- roads, blocks and buildings -- can be refashioned into more walkable, sustainable places. The foundation of this course is that the decisions we make in dividing our land into lots, blocks and streets either do or do not allow for change over time. Accommodating change over time is fundamental to a more sustainable future. Lecture themes include platting and subdivision, street design and transportation, zoning, and urban design.

Click here for an overview of our Good Urbanism 101 lecture series.

Good Urbanism 101 Road Show
Good Urbanism 101 Road Show is a four-hour version of our original Good Urbanism 101 course. This condensed version allows us to provide this educational course to cities throughout the state, including Savannah, Augusta and Macon.

Learn more about Georgia Tech Professor and Georgia Conservancy partner Richard Dagenhart's Ten Lessons for Designing Cities, which serve as a foundation to our Good Urbanism 101 lectures.

Good Urbanism 201

In response to the success of our 101 classes and the demand for additional offerings, our Growth Management team developed Good Urbanism 201. This advanced class allows attendees to participate in a real-life design project and attempt to retain principles of the 101 courses in developing a site plan. The 201 course includes a limited refresher of 101 principles; then, the class is divided into teams and given a challenging site within metro Atlanta and directions for a site plan. The teams work over two weeks to develop their proposed site plans, which are presented in the final class. Good Urbanism lecturers provide critiques to each team’s plan before selecting a winner. Then, the real world design proposal for the site is revealed.

Click here to learn more about the Good Urbanism 201 course.

For upcoming Good Urbanism workshops, please reference the Georgia Conservancy events calendar.

For more information on Good Urbanism, please contact Georgia Conservancy Sustainable Growth Program Manager Katherine Moore at or Georgia Conservancy Urban Designer Johanna McCrehan at