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ROGER CAVES: Community Livability



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George C. Galster: Making our Nighborhoods Making Our Selves 

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2018-2019 Lecture Series

Urban Design Exhibition and Public Lecture

Urban Design Exhibition
Tacoma Paper and Stationery Building, Room 112

Public Presentation
Making Place: Landscape Language and Literacy
William Philip Hall - Jane Russel Commons

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About the speakers

Beth Hagenbuch, PLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect and Partner at Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture (HWLA) in Farmington Hills, MI. She is also president of GrowTown, a non-profit landscape architecture studio dedicated to transforming neighborhoods and landscapes in post-industrial cities.  HWLA received a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award for Lafayette Greens Urban Garden in Detroit, Michigan. GrowTown is a 2010 Buckminster Fuller International Challenge semi-finalist and a 2015 Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant recipient.  Beth has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Michigan State University. Studies and work in the fields of photography and graphic design, in addition to living in Merida, Yucatan, Houston, Miami, London, Los Angeles and Detroit have informed her understanding of the profound impacts of landscape, place and design on human and environmental well-being.

Ken Weikal, PLA, ASLA is founder and owner of Hagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture. Driven by a passion for the landscape, Ken believes that everyone deserves to live in a healthy and inspiring place to live. For over 35 years of landscape architecture practice Ken has worked to create environmentally sensitive landscapes for projects ranging in scope from LEED certified manufacturing facilities, senior living campuses to neighborhood affordable housing developments.

Annual Urban Studies Program Lecture Series (2016-17)

"Suburbs for Settlers: Reconciling layers of Indigenous land rights, affect and trauma in the postcolonial landscape of Canadian suburbia."

Robert Shields, Ph.D., Endowed Research Chair and Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Professor Rob Shields of the University of Alberta will discuss the first suburb of Edmonton, the capital of the oil-rich western Canadian prairie province of Alberta, which arguably was an Indian reservation. Situated inconveniently close to the settlement that had grown up around a Hudson's Bay trading fort, the reservation was eliminated as its starving populace one-by-one 'took scrip' in the mid-to-late 1800s, and accepted payment to cede their aboriginal rights to reservation land. Almost a century later around 1970, parts of the area of the reservation of the Papaschase Cree became the site of an idealistic project to create an affordable suburb, "Mill Woods". In the context of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report, this talk explores the changing topologies of layers of occupation in the prairie urban landscape, the intersection of the social ideals of the 1960s and 1970s and the subsequent influx of migrants from all over the world with colonial oppressions that are an unacknowledged legacy of settler society.

Robert Shields, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 18,  2017
UW Tacoma Campus - William W. Philip Hall, Jane Russell Commons     
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"After Latino Metropolis"

Rodolfo D. Torres, Ph.D., Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science, University of California, Irvine

The role of class and spatial politics in Latino Los Angeles will be the subject of this timely talk. Professor Rodolfo D. Torres is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Latino Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). He will revisit this important book. Special attention will be paid to recent developments in urban theory and Latino urban studies and what contemporary Mexican/Latino Los Angeles can tell us about the future of American cities in a changing political economy.

Rodolfo D. Torres, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Keystone 102 (Carwein Auditorium)

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Past 2016 Lectures

"Justice as Subject and Object of Planning"

Robert W. Lake, Ph.D., Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Robert W. Lake, Ph.D.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Keystone 102 (Carwein Auditorium)

Video of lecture

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What's So Hard About Collaborative Governance?" 

Dr. Susan Clarke, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Susan Clarke, Professor Emeritus

Thursday, May 12, 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Keystone 102 (Carwein Auditorium)

Video of lecture

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"(Not) Hating Growth: If done right, growth will let this region grow gracefully"

Gene Duvernoy, President of Forterra

With the help of a pollster, the regional sustainability organization Forterra recently surveyed Puget Sound residents about attitudes toward growth. Hear the results, which may surprise you. Plus learn what values we hold most dear in the face of continuing -- or even intensifying -- expansion. Gene Duvernoy, Forterra President, will also discuss his organization's innovative efforts to protect the spots that are foundational to keeping this place we live, a place we love.  

Gene Duvernoy

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Thursday, April 7 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Jane Russell Commons     
Reception immediately following lecture.

"Hipster Lifestyles, High-Rise Living, Hard Lives: Fashioning, Urban Hegemony after the Crisis"
Dr. Jamie Peck, Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Dr. Jamie Peck, Professor, Department of Geography

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Dougan 280, UW Tacoma     [1]

Event Flyer (PDF)[2]

2015 Urban Studies Public Lecture

New Deal Ruins: Race, Gentrification and the Dismantling of Public Housing in the United States

Dr. Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

For more information call 253-692-5753 or email eventuwt@uw.edu[9]   

Event website[10]

2015 Urban Studies Forum: Jobs and Housing in the South Sound

Thursday, February 19, 2015

William Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

Urban Studies Panel: Density for Destiny?

Density for Destiny? Planning and Urban Design Implications of the Proposed New County Building[18]

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Jane Russell Commons, UW Tacoma

Panelists: David Boe, Architect, Tacoma City Council Member; Marty Campbell, Tacoma City Council Member; Jim Merrit, Architect
Moderator: Ali Modarres, Urban Studies UW Tacoma

2015 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

"Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution"
Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

Thursday, January 15, 2015
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

Lecture Slides[19]


2014 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

"Behind the Image of Urban Success: Learning from Baltimore and Atlanta"
Dr. Heywood Sanders, Professor, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas, San Antonio

Thursday, October 16, 2014
GWP 320 - Lucien Boardroom, UW Tacoma.

Lecture Slides [21]

"The University and the City: Place-based Anchor Institutions and Community Development"
David Perry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma.

Lecture Slides [22]

"Place-based Leadership and the Inclusive City: An International Analysis"
Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Carwein Auditorium, UW Tacoma

Lecture Slides[23]