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Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Records

 Collection
Call Number: UA090

Scope and Contents

This collection includes annual reports and programs generated by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy; field project reports from the Master's program; course syllabi; and archived versions of the departmental webpage. Additional UEP records are contained within the records of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Dates

  • 1978 -- 2021

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning has experienced three stages of development. It began in 1973 as a fledgling interdisciplinary program called the Program in Urban, Social and Environmental Policy (PUSEP) situated within the Political Science Department in the School of Arts, Science and Engineering at Tufts University. In 1980 PUSEP was elevated to departmental status and became the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) and in 2000 the department's name was changed to reflect its growing orientation to the field of planning. In 2004 UEP became an accredited planning program, with that designation granted by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). PAB is comprised of three separate organizations: the American Planning Association, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the American Institute of Certified Planners. The founder of the original program was the visionary planner-architect Hermann H. Field. Mr. Field had a distinguished career in urban planning before he envisioned a new master's degree program that responded to the needs of urban development, land use planning, architectural design, as well as social and environmental concerns.

Mr. Field was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He graduated from Harvard College, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute. He directed the urban development of Cleveland College before becoming planning director at the Tufts School of Medicine from 1961 through 1972. social, urban or rural, local or global. Accordingly, your curriculum focus can be narrower (on the public policy and planning challenges in one' policy or planning area) or broader (on sustainable development which looks at these issues as a whole), depending on your goals.

In 1972 Mr. Field taught a pathbreaking course in environmental planning and design at Tufts and developed the framework for a new master's program, which enrolled its first class in 1973. He taught and directed the program until his retirement in 1978. Mr. Field continued to provide guidance and vision to the program until his death at age 90 in 2001. He wrote in 1982 in the 50th anniversary report of his class at Harvard: "I was appalled by the mindless despoiling of the physical environment essential to any quality of life, urban or otherwise, in which my profession was a key participant." Mr. Field's vision of higher education for planners and policy makers embodied a holistic view of planning encompassing a sensitivity to community participation, social justice, and environmental concerns. This is the legacy that he has brought to Tufts and to UEP. Shortly before his death he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Through the generous contributions of the friends and family of Hermann Field, the Hermann and Kate Field Education Fund was established to enhance the education goals of UEP.

Extent

6.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

1 web_sites

145 Digital Object(s)

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series: Annual reports; Web crawls; Master's program field project reports; Additional accessions; and Syllabi.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed. The Syllabi series was processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist, Jane Kelly, in June 2021.

Web sites were crawled by Archive-It. Web crawl information updated in finding aid annually.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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