The third week was shortened to only Tuesday. In the morning our instructor Deland provided us detailed introductions on Urban Planning. We got to learn some of the insight as urban planner and history and important figures in urban planning. Although I lived in New York, I did not have much knowledge on urban planning history there. Roy told us about the issues within Oakland Chinatown and he and his team’s methods on recording the everyday life of the park there.
In the afternoon, Deland gave each of us a tool-kit and letting us chose group of two to get some hands on experience from the lessons we learned during class. I was excited because it was our first time applying our knowledge in Urban Planning. It was an interesting observation following the instructions of the handbook, and thanks to this activity I discovered many things I left unnoticed, such as smells, noise, and people’s behaviors on the street. Although we had limited among of time to complete the tasks, but it was a very engaging activity and I am looking forward to do more related activities into my final project.
Eric Y. Lu