The goal of the Master of Regional Planning Studio is to develop a student’s techniques for collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing spatial and non-spatial data and then presenting that collective data in a manner (i.e., report, video, presentation, and charettes) that is understandable to academics, professionals, and the public. Planning Studio allows students to integrate knowledge from coursework and research, and apply such knowledge to resolving representative planning problems. At UMASS Amherst, these problems are found in neighborhood, rural, urban, and/or regional settings.
In the fall of 2015, the City of Chicopee contracted the MRP Studio to create a vision plan to improve Chicopee’s relationship to the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers, enhance open space, create local destinations for recreation, encourage local economic activity that re-populate and energize the City’s oldest neighborhoods: the West End of Chicopee Center and Chicopee Falls. The vision plan has three components: Delta Park (24 acres) in idyll for passive recreation; Baskin Property (4 acres, 2 story brick warehouse) a potential maker space, food incubator, local market; and River Mills South (28 acres) an active recreation destination.