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September 29, 2022

How Will Downtowns across America Change in the Next Decade?

Pedestrians and vehicles at busy intersection amid mixed use development in downtown Seattle.

There is nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of a city. No matter where you are, you know when you’ve made it downtown. Since downtowns have changed so much in the past, what will they look like in the next decade? Well, in order to predict the future, we must go back to the…


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September 27, 2022

Green Buildings Get a Boost in WA, but Policy and Demand Still Lag

A photo of the Bullitt Center, located in Seattle. Small tree in the foreground.

Two decades ago, Washington became a foothold for a global movement to decarbonize buildings. But since then momentum has sputtered. Embodied carbon is still an emerging field. Since the U.S. Department of Ecology began collecting and cataloguing data on building energy use, carbon emissions have slowly but surely become a bigger part of the equation….


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September 26, 2022

Annual letter recaps urban efforts across UW, beyond

As we all head into another autumn and academic year under the COVID-19 pandemic, Urban@UW wishes to acknowledge the ongoing impacts of this and so many other acute and chronic drivers of struggle, inequality and injustice. Along with the uncertainty, loss, and weariness, we also acknowledge this community’s perseverance and commitment to co-creating cities that…


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September 23, 2022

Central WA Home Prices Spike Amid Influx of Seattle-Area Transplants

Aerial photo of housing units and a community center in Roslyn, Washington.

When the pandemic limited travel and forced many professional workers to work remotely, many city-dwellers sought retreat in the mountains, trails and waterways of Central Washington. Chelan and Kittitas counties were a short car ride away. In the same places Seattleites found recreation and retreat, demand for second homes — and even permanent single residences…


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September 21, 2022

Q&A: Exploring How the Design of the Built Environment Affects Our Health and Well-Being

How does the design of the built environment – such as houses, schools, workplaces, streets, parks, transportation systems, and urban form – affect our health and well-being? To explore these issues, editors Nisha D. Botchwey, Andrew Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin, recently published the second edition of “Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Well-being, Equity,…


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September 20, 2022

What Would It Take to Bring Seattle Home Prices Down to Earth?

Construction of two high rise buildings in Seattle

However you slice it, Seattle homebuying is wildly expensive. The median sale price for all homes is $840,000, according to Redfin. If you look only at stand-alone single-family homes, the median is $975,000. The median condo is selling for over $500,000. Supply and demand isn’t the only factor in Seattle’s housing costs — 50-year-old bungalows…


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September 16, 2022

The Power of Pedaling

A class project quickly became a passion project for civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. student Dan McCabe. A cycling enthusiast, McCabe is working to optimize the delivery of groceries from food banks to people experiencing food insecurity — by bicycle. To help streamline delivery operations for the Pedaling Relief Project (PRP), McCabe is developing technology…


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September 15, 2022

Can Blockchain Help King County’s Urban Carbon Credits Go Further?

Dirt trail leading through bushes and trees in Fauntleroy Park in West Seattle

In June, King County made headlines for a huge deal in the fight against climate change: three parcels of land – in King County, Issaquah and Shoreline – got the highest prices ever for carbon credits generated by urban forests. The purchaser is Regen Network Development, a Delaware-based blockchain company that plans to offer the…


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September 14, 2022

2022 Urban@UW Spark Grants Awardees Announced

South Lake Union neighborhood at sunset

Urban@UW is excited to announce awardees for the third round of funding through our Spark Grants program. The three projects selected address critical urban challenges, with a focus on transdisciplinary scholarship and engagement with vulnerable populations. Analysis of a Food Bank Home Delivery Program Food security, defined as access at all times to nutritious food,…


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September 13, 2022

Benjamin F. McAdoo’s Lasting Legacy as an Architect and Activist

Image from 1950 showing the construction of a nine unit apartment complex designed by Benjamin McAdoo, Jr.

Enid McAdoo was only 6 when her family of five moved from the apartment above her dad’s Capitol Hill office to a brand-new custom home in Bothell. It was an impressionable age, an influential era and an exceptional place, and so her kaleidoscope of early memories reflects the still-vivid images of childhood. Enid is the…


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