Student Projects

Student Projects

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In the first semester of the EMUP program, students complete an immersive group project, diving into the details of a planning problem. Students apply their knowledge of urban planning and real estate project analysis to develop solutions to planning and broader governance issues. In teams, students present these projects to a panel of experts as part of the first intensive. Past projects include the below:

LA Plaza Village

Location: Los Angeles, CA
The LA Plaza development site is in one of the oldest parts of the city. It is representative of larger conversations around modern development in which issues of culture, development and land use arise and intersect with one another. It attempts to reflect and refract the history and articulated experiences of the surrounding community.

EPIC Tower Project/Netflix Campus

Location: Hollywood, CA
Located at 5901 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, EPIC Tower occupies a prime location in Los Angeles. The project integrates cutting-edge technologies including drone ports, autonomous vehicle garage and fully built integrated solar generation. The project includes 26,000 square feet of retail, 274,000 square feet of office use in a tower structure and 830 parking spaces on a 1.55-acre site.

Wonder Flats and Shops

Location: Kansas City, MO
The Wonder Bread Factory shops and flats is approximately 1.18 acres of land. The proposed project is designed to improve the building by converting it for mixed residential/retail use.

Culdesac Tempe

Location: Tempe, AZ
Culdesac Tempe is the nation’s first proposed non-car dependent community, purposely designed at the pedestrian scale instead of the automobile. The $140 million project is a ground-up build on approximately 15.6 acres. Culdesac Tempe will be a multi-phased, urban master-planned community intended to provide a destination for those seeking a more sustainable and tight-knit way of life.

Treasure Island

Location: San Francisco, CA
Treasure Island is a man-made landform connected to the natural island Yerba Buena in the San Francisco Bay, halfway between San Francisco and Oakland, directly under the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. The original plan has since been revised to include up to 8,000 residential units (1,684 affordable homes and 168 affordable apartments); 300 acres of public open space (arts master plan); 22 miles of walking, hiking and biking paths; 500 hotel rooms; a ferry terminal; and about 250,000 square feet of commercial space.

Creative Living Community (CLC)

Location: Connecticut
Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) is a social justice venture focused on society’s most vulnerable citizens. It is a great example of the intersection of commercial development and planning with the need for a different kind of solution due to the failed policies of governmental agencies.

Domino Sugar Refinery

Location: Brooklyn, NY
The Domino Sugar Refinery is a mixed-use facility that includes affordable residential housing and office and retail space, as well as four new buildings and a former refinery. Additionally, there is an open space with a waterfront park, a five-block artifact walk and ferry access to Manhattan.

El Monte Gateway

Location: El Monte, CA
The city of El Monte and its downtown area would undergo economic development and revitalization and create affordable housing to walking, cycling and regional transit use.

Los Angeles Stadium

Location: Inglewood, CA
Inglewood is quickly becoming a regional center for arts, sports and entertainment venues. These additions to the city are expected to bring additional traffic as the arena and surrounding area are being revitalized.