Public Infrastructure & Finance

Professor: 
Angelides
School: 
PennDesign
Department: 
CPLN
Course Code: 
651
Topic: 
Policy

This class is designed to help you develop the analytical skills necessary to understand and tackle common infrastructure problems in cities around the world, by emphasizing simple but key calculations that will help you focus on the key issues in each system, such as estimating system costs, capacity, and congestion. The first half of the class will focus on planning and engineering issues for systems for water, energy, telecommunications and large-scale transportation infrastructure such as ports and airports, but the overall emphasis will be on developing skills and tools applicable to any system. The second half of the class will focus on financing mechanisms, such as the size and structure of government investment, authority financing mechanisms, user fees, and public-private partnerships.