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  • Student Profile: Sarah Samdin

    February 13, 2024

    Sarah Samdin

    We sat down with Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM) student, Sarah N Samdin, to hear how the program has enhanced her career.


  • Tsunami preparedness in WA

    January 22, 2024

    Westport coastline

    UW Urban Design & Planning faculty and other many partners have been working with Westport and their neighbors to help them face the threat of tsunamis head-on. | The Seattle Times


  • Homeownership has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. But should it be?

    January 11, 2024

    money house

    For E. David Blum, there's one reason for the current state of the market: supply. Blum is a teaching associate with the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. He said the only way to create more supply is to build more housing.


  • Chuck Weinstock - UW Department of Urban Design and Planning Lecture Series

    November 20, 2023

    Chuck Weinstock - UW Department of Urban Design and Planning Lecture Series

    Chuck Weinstock, former director of Capitol Hill Housing (Seattle) and a former VP with Chase Community Development Banking, spoke on November 1, 2023 at the University of Washington campus in Seattle. His presentation was titled "Affordable Housing: If It Was Simple, We'd Have Solved It By Now. We Still Can."


  • Global Collaboration Studying Untold Narratives About Sustainable and Equitable Urban Change

    September 26, 2023

    View of Belo Horizonte, Brazil showing buildings and a cloudy sky. In the foreground there are concrete and block homes with aluminum roofs. In the background, there are rows of newer beige and salmon-colored apartment blocks (approximately 4-7 floors tall). A greenspace is visible on the left.

    A new international research partnership aims to spark dialogue and learning through storytelling about sustainable and equitable urban development. Collaborators from five global cities have partnered to shift common practices of how stories of successful urban change are told and who tells them.


  • Creating eco-friendly infrastructure design: Meet Jan Whittington

    July 19, 2023

    Jan Whittington

    “I’m exactly where I want to be.” For associate professor of Urban Design and Planning Jan Whittington, this statement sums up her feelings about being on the faculty of a large public university, doing what she loves, with good opportunities to secure research funding. Read Jan's interview with The Whole U.


  • From vacant storefronts to vibrant hubs: Revisiting ‘third places’ for urban resilience

    June 28, 2023

    In Seattle, city government and the Downtown Seattle Association continue to build on the “Amazon Great Return” through a variety of strategies to reactivate downtown. Increased foot traffic, intriguing office-to-residence retrofit proposals and trends toward park and retail reopening suggest a spirit of renewal. But here’s an old term—”third places”—that can help even more to…


  • Lecture Recap: Planning a Resilient and Equitable Food System

    June 14, 2023

    UDP Lecture: Planning a Resilient and Equitable Food System

    On May 24th, our guest panel described the emerging food systems planning paradigms and how they are infused with values of equity, social justice, and resilience.


  • Q&A: UDP welcomes new faculty member Dylan Stevenson

    May 14, 2023

    Dylan Stevenson

    Learn more about new faculty member, Dylan Stevenson, in this Q&A including his focus on indigenous issues within the built environment and his passion for sewing!


  • Seattle Urban Eco-Evo Research Collaboration Network Workshop

    May 12, 2023

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    Dr. Marina Alberti recently led the 2023 Seattle Urban Eco-Evo Research Collaboration Network Workshop, hosting a total of 40 in-person and virtual attendees from 25 universities around the globe. The Urban Eco Evo NET is a NSF funded collaboration research network to advance the study and understanding of urban eco-evolutionary dynamics and potential implications for…