Real Estate Development: Planning and Process Online Short Course

Course Overview

As the real estate market becomes increasingly complex, both the public and private sectors require an in-depth understanding of the real estate development process. By developing a nuanced overview of public-private stakeholder interaction, professionals will be able to navigate the process more effectively and create value for all parties involved.

Gain insight into the real estate development process through a North American lens and explore the private-public stakeholder dynamic in the Real Estate Development: Planning and Process online short course from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (MIT SA+P). Through the use of real-world case studies, you’ll delve into the complexities of city planning and the urban development process and explore how various stakeholders interact, compete, and negotiate.

Throughout this six week online course, you’ll also learn how innovative public-private partnerships can create new and diverse opportunities in real estate developers and assist in the transformation of cities. Guided by Professor Kairos Shen’s extensive professional and academic experience, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to approach the public sector, and apply the concepts learned to your local context.

What You’ll Learn

This online program integrates rich, interactive media such as videos, infographics, and e-learning activities, as well as didactic components such as downloadable course notes. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums. The following modules contribute to the holistic approach your learning path takes:




You’ll be welcomed to the course and begin connecting with fellow participants, while exploring the navigation and tools of your Online Campus.

Be alerted to key milestones in the learning path, and review how your results will be calculated and distributed. You’ll be required to complete a participant profile and submit a digital copy of your passport/identity document.

Visions of the city — public planning and private development

Discover how various public stakeholders view and plan the city, and how these different plans impact real estate development and city-making.

Zoning fundamentals and the development process

Learn how the state acts to shape its cities using a zoning framework to regulate land use and development.

Discretionary zoning and development review process

Discover how public, private, and community stakeholders negotiate through the discretionary zoning process to obtain public and project-based benefits.

Public benefits and real estate value capture

Explore the complex interactions and trade-offs among public, private, and community stakeholders in the development process.

The role of the state in making cities

Explore the powers and tools available to the public sector in making cities and the emergence of public-private partnerships.

Public-private partnerships — entrepreneurship and innovation

Understand how public and private interests intersect to create new opportunities in real estate development and the transformation of cities.