Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

​Photo by: David de la Cruz

​On November 7th and 8th Urban@UW, in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (CIG), hosted a symposium to begin transdisciplinary conversation on the multifaceted dynamics and consequences of Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change (UEJ). Below are some reflections from this event, and a sample of the resources we’ll be sharing from our time together.

Urban environmental justice has been impacting cities...

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September Recap - News, Big Data, and Monthly Hightlights

September Recap - News, Big Data, and Monthly Hightlights

Cropped image from Flickr user Eric Fischer under CC 2.0.

September is nearly gone, but this was not a very sleepy month. The University of Washington has started the new school year and the past month has seen some tremendous developments for urban thinking and the City of Seattle.

KQED published a piece about urban heat islands and how changes in landcover from hard-scapes and lawns to gardens and natural plantings would yield cumulative cooling effects—but in a surprising way, where day...

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PARK(ing) Day+ and Little Collective’s “Bees and Salmon”

PARK(ing) Day+ and Little Collective’s “Bees and Salmon”

Little Collective

Today you may notice some new public spaces in your neighborhood; but look fast, because they will be gone by Sunday. Now a global phenomenon, PARK(ing) day is a few hours per year when cities endeavor to convert city spaces into public places called parklets. The parklet’s origins are tied to ReBar, a San Francisco based studio, that converted a single parking space into a micro park. This first parklet lived for...

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August Sees New Grants, Project Launches, and Original Research and Writing

August Sees New Grants, Project Launches, and Original Research and Writing

Wikimedia Commons and Patrick Rodriguez - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

August was a busy month at the University of Washington and the Seattle region when it comes to urban research, writing, and project launches. Take a look at what’s been happening.

Urban@UW will be running a half-day workshop as part of the Eighth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016.) Our workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore how we can apply urban data science to the challenges of...

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NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

Wikimedia Commons and Movez

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $180,000 for a new summer institute on the urban environment at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

The institute, City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities, examines how Western cultures have historically viewed city and nature as separate—and how a more integrative understanding can serve an increasingly urbanized world. It uses Seattle’s complex environmental history as a window into...

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Exploring Artistically Significant Landscapes

Exploring Artistically Significant Landscapes

Wikimedia Commons and Jim Henderson

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Thaisa Way has been appointed chair of the Dumbarton Oaks Fellows in Garden and Landscape Studies. Way, who has been a Senior Fellow with Dumbarton Oaks since 2011 will serve a one year term.As one of six Senior Fellows, the group serves as advisors to the Director of Dumbarton Oaks in relation to the Garden and Landscape Studies Program.

As chair, Way will play a guiding role...

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Urban Alleys: Seattle and Beyond

Urban Alleys: Seattle and Beyond

Mary Fialko and Jennifer Hampton

Alleys have long been seen as places of both delight and terror. These urban spaces have a cultural history built around them much the way train and subway stations, markets, or parks do. But alleys have an encompassing spectrum of associations: home to magical night markets as well as our most sinister fears. However, the more nightmarish invocations of alleys are increasingly waning as cities re-approach the purposes of alleys.

Historically, the much slower...

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Data Science for Social Good 2016

Data Science for Social Good 2016

This summer we are thrilled to be supporting the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program.

Modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, with elements from eScience’s own Data Science Incubator, sixteen DSSG Student Fellows have been working with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects. This year’s projects specifically focus on Urban Science, aiming to understand...

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Office Hours with Britton Shephard

Office Hours with Britton Shephard

Britton Shephard & Hailey Mackay

Britton Shepard is a Masters student in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, and will be graduating this June. He is currently wrapping up his thesis project, Site 1121: Field Notes, a public site exhibition of an abandoned lot that explored the history and identity of a landscape in an urban setting. The week-long installation took place in the U District at 1121 NE 45th St. March 21- 25, 2016, with support from the Washington State Employee’s...

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New Project to Shine Light on Dark Places Around UW campus

New Project to Shine Light on Dark Places Around UW campus

UW Today & The Integrated Design Lab

Where do you walk on campus after dark, and which areas could benefit from better lighting?

An interdisciplinary team of students, faculty and staff together with lighting design experts is asking the UW community those questions as part of a new plan to improve the efficiency and sustainability of outdoor lighting around the Seattle campus. The team’s survey to campus includes an interactive map for respondents to place markers and comments...

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Urban Planning and PhD Program Addresses ‘The Future City’ (5/5)

Urban Planning and PhD Program Addresses ‘The Future City’ (5/5)

Courtesy Arup and John Robertson Architects

What kinds of cities shall we live in, and how can urban planners help make them a reality? What possible future scenarios lie ahead, and how will big data and new technologies affect science and decision-making in urban design?

The University of Washington Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning’s annual symposium for 2016 will tackle such questions with panel discussions featuring faculty, industry professionals and a pair...

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Quick Recap: A Busy April!

Quick Recap: A Busy April!

Designed by Urban@UW, images courtesy of UW, Wikimedia, Flickr, African Centre for Cities

April saw a lot of wonderful developments here at the University of Washington, here’s a quick recap:

Our first Office Hours interview with John Vidale (more coming of these soon!) UW researchers continued to explore the effects of a $15/hr minimum wage. PBS premiered their 10 Parks that Changed America program featuring our own Thaisa Way and Iain Robertson of UW Edgar Pieterse delivered a fantastic talk about African urbanism! Joe Lott launched...

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10 Parks that Changed America Premieres Tonight on PBS (KCTS9)

10 Parks that Changed America Premieres Tonight on PBS (KCTS9)

Courtest Joe Wolf, Flickr

Tune into KCTS9 at 8:00pm to see the premier of 10 Parks that Changed America. Two of Seattle’s great parks made the list for this interesting look at the influence parks and public spaces have had on America. A packed house at Architecture Hall saw a preview a few weeks ago and it’s great! Our very own Thaisa Way along with fellow UW Landscape Architecture department professor Iain Robertson are both featured!

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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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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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