James A. LaGro, Jr.

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My courses often include a physical planning and/or design project within one of the Madison-area communities.  These projects promote civic engagement and build collaborative campus/community partnerships through public service, service-learning, and community-based research. The Morgridge Center for Public Service on campus promotes service learning within local, national, and global communities (www.morgridge.wisc.edu).

LA 351 - Housing and Urban Design
Spring Semester
4 credits

This course focuses on urban design principles, precedents, and methods. Topics covered include land use controls, smart growth, civil infrastructure, evidence-based design, and 3D graphic communication. Projects focus on retrofitting the built environment (e.g., urban corridors, shopping malls) to improve community health, livability, and sustainability.

URPL 601 - Site Planning
Spring Semester
3 credits

Site planning is a multi-phased process of site selection, project programming, site inventory and analysis, conceptual design, design development, and construction documentation and administration. This course provides an introduction to site planning (and the site plan/design review process) for students interested in the structure and function of the built environment.

Class Projects:
Urban Design District 6 - Corridor Plan and Guidelines (Madison - 2008)

Garver Feed Mill Redevelopment (2004)

URPL 611 - Urban Design: Theory and Practice

Spring Semester

3 credits

This course surveys both classic and contemporary literature on urban design theory.  Emphasis is placed on enduring principles and practices that contribute to walkable, visually attractive, and socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable built environments.

Class Project:

Vision 2040: The City of Madison's Park System (2013)

URPL 912 - Planning Workshop
The Department's planning workshop provides training in planning practice. This workshop also serves an outreach function by connecting communities across Wisconsin with the University's resources for addressing applied planning problems.

Fall 2009 - Sustainable Madison Community

Final Report

 Spring 2002 - Commuter Rail in Dane County: Analysis and Planning for Transit Oriented Development