Heterogeneity and American Ghettos with Dr. Mario Luis Small - 2/25

Heterogeneity and American Ghettos with Dr. Mario Luis Small - 2/25

February 25th / 6:00-7:30pm / CMU 120

Dr. Mario Luis Small Grafstein Family Professor, Harvard University

By the end of the 20th century, the dominant theories of urban poverty argued that U.S. ghettos had become isolated areas devoid of everyday institutions and disconnected from mainstream society. Dr. Small examines whether the conventional models have underestimated the extent of heterogeneity across U.S. ghettos and its consequences for...

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2016 Urban Studies Forum: Alternative Visions of Livability Choices, Costs and Consequences

2016 Urban Studies Forum: Alternative Visions of Livability Choices, Costs and Consequences

February 25, 2016 8:30am to 1:30pm William W. Philip Hall 1918 Pacific Avenue Tacoma Washington 98402

For a city or a suburb to be livable, we assume certain characteristics and experiences. What are these and how do we define a livable place? Is there an agreement on what defines livability? The 2016 Urban Studies Forum will focus on these questions and what they might mean to the South Sound. In two separate panel discussions, we...

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New! Urban Map Gallery

New! Urban Map Gallery

​We’ve created a new urban map gallery to explore how other people and organizations are studying and visualizing data. The gallery features seven cities facing different social, economic, and geographic issues. This curation is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather provide insight and inspiration. Maps included track everything from sound to subway pathogens.

Check it out, it’s fun!

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Metrolab Project Library

Metrolab Project Library

MetroLab

MetroLab Network is now featuring several members’ projects online. Visit their site to explore the research, development & deployment projects being undertaken by some of our city-university members (Seattle & UW included). Check out projects that address transportation, energy, and climate issues. And stay tuned, they will be adding many more projects from their other members.

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Risk of lead poisoning from urban gardening is low, new study finds

Risk of lead poisoning from urban gardening is low, new study finds

Using compost is the single best thing you can do to protect your family from any danger associated with lead in urban soils. Good compost will also guarantee that you will have plenty of vegetables to harvest.

That’s the main finding of a paper appearing this month in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The University of Washington-led study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined...

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Monthly Wrap up January 2016

Monthly Wrap up January 2016

It’s been a great start to 2016.

UW Alumni association and History Department put together a woderful history lecture series: Excavating Seattle’s histories: Peoples, politics, and place check out details and videos here>

The CBE also hosted a number of great speakers and events including SUSTAINING JAPAN: 3.11 FIVE YEARS ON lecture and panel discussion with Hitoshi Abe

Smart city leaders from around the world...

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Looking Forward to: Future of Seattle, Panel Discussion, 2/10

Looking Forward to: Future of Seattle, Panel Discussion, 2/10

Wed. Feb. 10, 2016 7:30 p.m. Kane Hall 130, UW Campus

Moderator: Enrique Cerna Panelists: David Rolf, Trish Millines Dziko, Ruby Love and Eric Carlson

The 2016 History Lecture Series focuses on Seattle’s fascinating history; complete the experience with a lively discussion of Seattle’s future. KCTS9’s Enrique Cerna leads a panel featuring nationally-recognized labor leader David Rolf, Technology Access Foundation founder and education advocate ...

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Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

February 2-3, 2016 NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture University of Washington

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Charles Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data Dr. Paul Waddell, University of California, Berkeley Professor of City & Regional Planning

Cities house more than 70% of the U.S. population; provide essential services...

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Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Smart city leaders from around the world are gathering at UW’s Seattle campus for a two-day workshop called the “NSF Visioning Workshop on Smart and Connected Communities Research and Education” to discuss the future of smart and connected communities on January 13-14, 2016. The UW Department of Electrical Engineering is organizing and hosting the workshop, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between stakeholders, including municipalities, states,...

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Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment

Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment
Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment

Eliza is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of Biology and a graduate fellow in the IGERT Program on Ocean Change. She studies urban marine ecosystems under the guidance of Dr. Ken Sebens. If you like what you read below, check out her blog at www.urbanmarineecology.org.

In 1955, Columbia Pictures released the thriller It Came From Beneath The Sea, in which an enormous octopus begins terrorizing the good citizens...

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What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

Lower- and middle-income King County residents who live in denser neighborhoods — with stores, libraries and other destinations within easy reach — are more likely to walk or bike, according to new University of Washington research.

But neighborhood density didn’t motivate higher-income residents to leave their cars at home, the transportation engineers found. Of the environmental factors they studied, the only one that significantly influenced how frequently that group walked or...

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Re-Imaging Urban Scholarship: Differencing the Data

Re-Imaging Urban Scholarship: Differencing the Data

Winter Quarter 2016 | HUM 597E | 1 credit, C/NC

Instructor:Thaisa Way (Landscape Architecture)

Meeting Dates:

Friday, January 15, 12-1:20 pm (Startup Hall) Friday, January 29, 12-1:20 pm (Henry Art Gallery) Tuesday, February 2, and Wednesday, February 3 (Participation encouraged as feasible, Center for Urban Horticulture) Thursday, February 4, 9-10:20 am (eScience Institute, Physics/Astronomy Tower) Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30 pm (Communications 120) Friday, February 26, 12-1:20 pm (Communications 202)

This microseminar explores how we might re-read cities by...

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UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

Have you been wondering what exactly is going to happen with the Seattle / UW partnership under the MetroLab initiative?

The three “named” projects from Seattle will be the Array of Things partnership with Chicago, Private data sharing with the Tech Policy Lab, and a smart grid study of the relationship between temperature and power organized by UW’s Electrical Engineering department.

Check back for progress on these and other...

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Weekly Recap 12/12-12/18

Weekly Recap 12/12-12/18

A few of the highlights in Urban news for the past week:

195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/world/europe/climate-change-accord-paris.html UW announces new Master of Science in Data Science for professionals program https://www.washington.edu/news/2015/12/14/uw-board-of-regents-approves-new-master-of-science-in-data-science-for-professionals/ San Diego Vows...

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SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

A new University of Washington initiative is thinking “upstream” when it comes to creating safer, healthier and more livable cities.

Urban@UW aims to bring together UW faculty, staff and students from different disciplines with city decision-makers and citizens to wrestle with urban issues such as housing and poverty, growth and transportation, and food and economic disparity. The program is funded by the UW Office of Research.

Organizers held...

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