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Pacific County market heats up

Pacific County home sales up 20%, prices up 15% in 1st quarter 2017 Washington state’s housing market showed the continuing influence of high demand and tightening supply in the first three months of the year, according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Pacific County reported some of the…

Honored by Olmsted – David de la Cruz

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, David de la Cruz spent his high school years attending Communities for a Better Environment youth meetings, while also watching his mother grow to become a pillar of the community, shaping his ideas for the potential of his own impact. “Communities for a Better Environment’s commitment to social…

The Man Who Gave Us the Fremont Troll

Who was it that possessed the perverse audacity to look at a dark patch of dirt under the Aurora Bridge and imagine a peculiar form of immortality? It is, of course, the world famous Fremont Troll, a colossus of engineering and vision and quirky, twisted madness. A tourist stands atop concrete fingers and says, “I…

University of Washington, City of Tacoma announce Livable City Year partnership for 2017-2018

The University of Washington’s Livable City Year (LCY) program has selected the City of Tacoma as the program’s community partner for the 2017-2018 academic year. This partnership establishes a yearlong relationship connecting students and faculty with city staff working on projects that advance goals outlined in its One Tacoma: Comprehensive Plan and Tacoma2025 strategic visioning…

Amazon builds a tree-filled crystal jungle in downtown Seattle

Americans tend to think of brown shipping boxes when it comes to Amazon. But in Seattle, the company is increasingly known as a real-estate owner. That’s especially true downtown, where Amazon employs more than 24,000 — some of whom will soon hold meetings and take lunch breaks inside three gigantic glass spheres that add a geodesic flare to…

Construction Students help Seattle Children’s Theater

The Seattle Children’s Theatre is regarded as one of the nation’s top children’s theater companies. Its home at Seattle Center was completed in the mid-1990s and a pavilion was added in 2000. But the building, part of which was originally built in 1956, is not as energy efficient as it could be. The theater has…

AIA Honors and Awards Luncheon

Celebrating design excellence at the AIA New York Chapter’s Honors and Awards Luncheon on April 21. This year’s honorees include former UW Department of Architecture faculty member, Sharron Egretta Sutton, FAIA. Dr. Sutton is an activist educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they…

On Earth Day, check your privilege

On the first Earth Day 47 years ago Saturday, some 20 million Americans marched to focus attention on the need to protect our environment. Here in Seattle, many of us say we care about the environment, but it is communities of color and poor and low-income people who are bearing the brunt of environmental pollution…

A Visual Tool for Guiding Urban Change

Photo-powered “urban diaries” can give residents a powerful new way to contribute to the dialogue that shapes their cities.  Affiliate faculty Chuck Wolfe explains:   At this moment of epic political gridlock at the national level, localism is back. Increasingly, cities are devising local solutions to the pressing challenges of the 21st century — from transportation…

Mexico City Studio: Affordable Housing in a Mega-City

For 12 CBE students, their home, studio, and living laboratory for winter quarter was Mexico City. With a population of almost 25 million people, Mexico City is facing critical deficiencies in infrastructure, transportation, and affordability. For the fourth Mexico City Studio, the Department of Architecture challenged students to address the issues of affordable housing and…

CBE Husky 100 Student: Ru’a Al-Abweh

Planning with People and Questioning the Answer Throughout fall quarter, second year Master of Urban Planning student Ru’a Al-Abweh spent much of her time listening to people’s stories for her thesis project. She asked them about where life had taken them and how this had shaped what home and community mean to them. People contemplated…

2017 CBE Research Open Labs

Data, Climate Change, and Design May 19, 2017 Gould Court 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Organized by the College of Built Environments in collaboration with Urban@UW RSVP Now How can we use the rapidly increasing available data and data analytics to create better urban design and policies to address climate change? Six panelists will share their…