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Just Circular Communities

Just Circular Communities (JCC) is an interdisciplinary collaborative that seeks to envision and implement localized, regenerative, and community-driven circular systems for a Just Transition – by, with, and for Frontline communities. At the University of Washington, College of Built Environments, students have engaged with JCC topics through Participatory Action Research and Service-Learning design studios. Led by Associate Professor Catherine De Almeida, landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning students have participated in community-engaged design activities to explore the development of the…

Book Launch: Nature-Based Allied Health Practice with Affiliate Amy Wagenfeld and Shannon Marder

“Amy Wagenfeld & Shannon Marder are excited to launch their book: Nature-Based Allied Health Practice: Creative and Evidence-Based Strategies. The benefits of interacting with nature for our social, cognitive, and physical wellbeing are well documented. But how practical is it to take therapy into nature, or bring nature into therapy? This evidence-based and accessible guide demonstrates easily workable, creative, tried-and-tested strategies for bringing nature into therapy. It includes simple and fun ready-to-go activity ideas. Using the life-course as a framework,…

Just Urban Design

Newly released! “Just Urban Design: The Struggle for a Public City” (MIT Press 2022) features a collection of chapters and case studies that apply a social justice lens to the design of urban environments.

End-of-Year Note from the Chair

I hope this letter finds you and those close to you doing well as we enter the holiday season here in the U.S. This has been a year of change in the department as we have bid farewell to several faculty and welcomed new… yet there is a buzz of excitement again among our students, faculty, and others in the classrooms and studios.

Jeff Hou’s Research Recognized by Office of Global Affairs

In 2019, Jeff Hou received a Global Innovation Fund Research Award to explore how youth are engaging in social action and creative space-making in East Asia. Hou used the funding to host a three-day online workshop with special guests from the U.S. and East Asia to explore and share knowledge on current social movements across East Asia that reflect a desire for alternatives to the current socio-economic and socio-cultural structures, from social startups and new communal spaces to alternative economic…

2022 CELA Awards

Congratulations to Dani Slowik (BLA ’22), Assistant Professor Catherine De Almeida, and Professor Daniel Winterbottom for receiving the following awards at the recent Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2022 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fountain Scholar Award Winner: Daniella Slowik Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Works, Junior Level: Catherine De Almeida Outstanding Educator: Daniel Winterbottom