October has seen a lot of research and engagement surrounding urban design, health, and transportation from University of Washington’s urban scholars and practitioners. Here at Urban@UW we’ve kicked off our Livable City Year program, reflected on our first full year of work and collaborations, and are planning for our symposium on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change (November 7-8).
- The Livable City Year Program is in its first year of operation. Partnering university courses, students, and instructors with a city, this year Livable City Year is working with the City of Auburn to collaboratively generate ideas, analysis and potential solutions to advance urban livability and sustainability.
- Urban@UW turned 1! Our Director Thaisa Way penned a letter reflecting on our mission, accomplishments, and next steps for Urban@UW to further collaborate with communities, cities, and researchers to collectively advance urban thinking and problem-solving.
- The College of Engineering has opened a new lab working with the City of Seattle through support from UW, Costco, Nordstrom, and UPS. The Urban Freight Lab is uses analytics to generate potential solutions as transportation infrastructure and delivery systems become stressed by increasingly heavy use.
- The Department of Urban Planning’s Anne Vernez Moudon and Andrew Dannenberg—who is also a professor in the School of Public Health—and a team of other researchers co-authored an urban design series published by The Lancet. Their research looked at transportation, design and human health.
- The Department of Electrical Engineering’s Baosen Zhang and Lillian Ratliff are working with the City of Seattle, Vanderbilt University, and the City of Nashville to utilize user input and smart devices to develop new ways of thinking about the efficacy of multi-modal transportation.
- In advance of our symposium and Jacqui Patterson’s Walker-Ames-endowed lecture, we have compiled a reading list of her work, including some brief pieces and some more substantial reports on climate justice.
Urban@UW compiles monthly recaps highlighting the urban research happening across the University of Washington.