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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor Branden Born's primary interests are in planning process and policy/decision making, land use, and social justice.
Professor Anne Moudon's primary interests focuses on urban form analysis, land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, and non-motorized transportation. .
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.
Address: Northwest Center for Livable Communities
Phone: (206) 543-7459
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