Towards a Speculative Politics for African Cities with Edgar Pieterse - 4/12

Towards a Speculative Politics for African Cities with Edgar Pieterse - 4/12

African Centre for Cities

Join us April 12 at Kane Hall (Room 120) for Visiting Scholar Edgar Pieterse, Please Register for this Public Event

Towards a Speculative Politics for African Cities

The available frames to understand and reimagine contemporary urban politics in the African context come down two divergent pathways: 1) build the institutional infrastructure to enact the deliberative model of urban politics as imagined within the prescripts of the Habitat...

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Geology and Art Connect at UW Light Rail Station

Geology and Art Connect at UW Light Rail Station

Photo by Sound Transit

Tens of thousands of people will pass through the new University of

Washington light rail station that opened this week. While most riders will focus on their destination, they may also learn something as they pass through the station.

“Subterranium,” by UW alumnus Leo Saul Berk, lines the walls with 6,000 unique backlit panels inspired by the geology of the site that was excavated to create the station.

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HALA Studio Publishes Research and Proposals About Housing in Wallingford

HALA Studio Publishes Research and Proposals About Housing in Wallingford

Seattle’s recent transformations have meant big changes throughout the city.

In Autumn Quarter of 2015, The HALA Studio explored how to productively engage with Seattle’s single family zoning and neighborhood development in the Wallingford neighborhood. Led by University of Washington instructor, Rick Mohler, students explored “an expansion of housing types, ownership models, and community engagement.”

The Studio examined ways to think about preserving the city’s “values...

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Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)

Southern Urbanisms: Edgar Pieterse and Jean-Marie Teno (1 cr. seminar)

This microseminar addresses the emergence of global urbanisms and especially southern urbanisms, focusing on the dramatic urbanization of Africa and the resurgence of African urban studies. The course is coordinated with the visits of the influential scholar of African urbanisms Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town) and renowned African filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno. Their visit provides an opportunity to contemplate the politics, practices, and representations associated with Africa’s rapid urbanization, the specificity and diversity...

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Report By UW Labor Studies Student Details Music Industry’s $1.8 Billion Boon to Seattle’s Economy

Report By UW Labor Studies Student Details Music Industry’s $1.8 Billion Boon to Seattle’s Economy

A new study commissioned by Seattle musicians’ union and authored by Geography PhD student Megan Brown found that 16,607 people are directly employed in the city’s music industry, creating $1.8 billion annually in direct economic impact. Including jobs dependent on music, the industry creates $4.3 billion in economic output, supporting 30,660 jobs.

Yet despite a 50% increase in music-related jobs since the industry was last analyzed seven years ago, music payroll has risen only 12%, with payroll...

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Making Disruption a Force for Good - A letter from President Ana Mari Cauce

Making Disruption a Force for Good - A letter from President Ana Mari Cauce

We hear a lot about “disruption” these days as businesses and institutions—and universities are no exception—are faced with the prospect of an upstart coming along and disrupting a portion of, or their entire, enterprise or industry. Disruption is often seen as a side effect of innovation, particularly in technology. Each of us carries an example of a disruptive technology with us every day in the form of our cellphones. I wrote...

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How a rising minimum wage may impact the nonprofit sector

How a rising minimum wage may impact the nonprofit sector

As the income inequality discussion continues to simmer across the country, municipal minimum wage ordinances have become hot topics of conversation in many cities. In January 2016, Seattle will implement its second step-up in the local minimum wage in 9 months, reaching $13 for many employers in the city and edging closer to a $15 an hour minimum that will apply to most firms by 2019. San Francisco will reach a $15 an hour minimum by July 2018. Yet cities as...

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Seattle mayor signs new open data policy that makes city information more accessible

Seattle mayor signs new open data policy that makes city information more accessible

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today signed an executive order that instructs city departments to make their data more accessible to the public.

The new open data policy was developed by city IT staff with help from the University of Washington and the Sunlight Foundation to help make data about everything from homelessness to local parks more easily available online.

“As a city, we view open data as...

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Reading List for Dr. Mario Small’s Visit 2/25

Reading List for Dr. Mario Small’s Visit 2/25

In anticipation of next week’s lecture with Harvard’s Dr. Mario Luis Small we thought you might enjoy a few readings to get a feel for what exactly he is all about.

No Two Ghettos Are Alike - This short piece by Dr. Small shares it’s name with Thursday’s lecture, and explores some of the complex challenges facing theory and urban scholarship. http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mariosmall...

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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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