The majority of people in the world live in urban places and the city is a critical site for examining a variety of practices and processes. These include analyzing the built environment (architecture and infrastructure for instance), the flows of people, goods and information, the meanings and politics of space, urban ecosystem processes, and environmental sustainability. At the University of Washington, faculty and students draw on a range of approaches and methods to understand how cities are produced, represented and contested. We study the city in terms of economic development and restructuring, housing, identities, inequalities, labor markets, migration, urban ecosystem processes, nature-society relations and political action. Research and teaching on the city covers a range of locations across the globe, including metropolitan regions in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Department of Urban Planning
City of Seattle Municipal Archive
The Fabuluous Ruins of Detroit
The Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program
The Urban Institute
Globalization and World Cities Research Group