> Mission

Recognizing a fundamental web linking people's quality of life to ecology, long-term economic vitality and affordable housing, social vibrancy, diverse transportation options, and a coherent and integrated built environment, the Northwest Center for Livable Communities seeks to promote awareness of these connections and affect the creation of more livable communities through applied research and community initiatives.

The work of the center is primarily directed toward incorporating the following principles of livability some of which have been adapted from the Ahwahnee Principles, into decisions concerning the shape, function, and potential of the built environment:

  • Develop "compactly" so that walking and biking between places of activity such as home, work, shopping, and public events is encouraged.
  • Provide a diverse transportation system with an emphasis on safe walking and biking routes, as well as clean and efficient public transportation.
  • Preserve open spaces, sources of natural beauty, and agricultural, historic, and cultural resources in the landscape, as well as spaces for various recreational activities.
  • Sustain economic vitality through a diverse range of locally-generated job types.
  • Encourage social interaction by having well designed and easily accessible open spaces in the form of public squares and parks, as well as vibrant and walk-able urban centers that have a combination of commercial, civic, cultural, and recreational uses.
  • Protect ecological resources that are both critical to other species and overall environmental quality.
  • Provide equal services and opportunities to all people.
  • Contain a variety of housing types that respond to a wide range of socio-economic needs.
  • Coordinate transportation and other services, environmental protection, and economic development with other governments and jurisdictions within the region.

The Northwest Center for Livable Communities is housed in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington. It is a joint endeavor between the Washington Office of Community, Trade, and Economic Development and the University of Washington.


> People

Picture Hilda  

Hilda Blanco, Co-Director

Professor of Urban Design and Planning
Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning
410-D Gould Hall, Box 355740
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-616-9057
206-543-4190
206-685-9597 (FAX)
hblanco@u.washington.edu

Dr. Blanco is currently the Chair of the Urban Design and Planning Department. She earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and her M.C.R.P. from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a BA in Philosophy from the City College of New York. Outside academia, Dr. Blanco has worked as a planning consultant to the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and New York. She has evaluated land reform efforts in China, led workshops on growth management for Puerto Rico, and been Manager of Policy and Research for New Jersey Office of State Planning where she was principle author of early versions of New Jersey's first statewide growth management plan.

 

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Fritz Wagner, Co-Director

Dean Emeritus, University of New Orleans
Research Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Managing Director, NW Center for Livable Communities
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-543-7459
206-685-9597 (FAX)
fwagner@u.washington.edu

Dr. Wagner received his Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1974. Former Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans, Fritz has over 25 years of experience in both academic and professional roles in urban planning.

 

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Nancy Rottle

Associate Professor, BLA Coordniator, Landscape Architecture
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Archotecture
Faculty, Historic Preservation Certificate Program
Faculty, Urban Design Certificate Program
410 Gould Hall, Box 355734
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-543-7897
206-685-4486 (FAX)
nrottle@u.washington.edu

Associate Professor Nancy Rottle joined the Landscape Architecture faculty after over a decade of professional practice in the Pacific Northwest and a former career as an educator. Her interests center around the use of design as a means to create places that are culturally meaningful, ecologically healthy, and experientially resonant.

 

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Daniel Winterbottom

Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture
410 Gould Hall, Box 355734
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-616-1876
nina@u.washington.edu

Associate Professor Daniel Winterbottom's interests focus on urban and community landscape design, vernacular landscapes, therapeutic gardens, sustainable design and the craft and detailing of built forms.

 

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Branden M. Born

Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-543-4975
206-685-9597 (FAX)
bborn@u.washington.edu

Assistant Professor Branden Born's primary interests are in planning process and policy/decision making, land use, and social justice.

 

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Anne Vernez Moudon

Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-685-4057
206-685-9597 (FAX)
moudon@u.washington.edu

Professor Anne Moudon's primary interests focuses on urban form analysis, land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, and non-motorized transportation. .

 

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Frank Westerlund

Acting Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning
Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning 410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
206-543-4190
206-685-9597 (FAX)
fwest@u.washington.edu

Associate Professor Frank Westerlund's primary interests are in Maintaining the health and stability of natural systems in urban regions as related to the long-term sustainability of human settlements has been a central theme that led me to work in a number of areas once seen as separate, which have become increasingly integrated.

 

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Mark Hallenbeck

Director, Washington State Transportation Center
1107 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98195
206-543-6261
206-685-9597 (FAX)
tracmark@u.washington.edu

 

 

 

 


> Contact

Address: Northwest Center for Livable Communities
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Box 355740, Gould Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Phone: (206) 543-7459

   


 

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