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Cities Collab closely integrates research and teaching. In 2013 we led development of innovative digital teaching projects, one of which won the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology.

Visit the Lake Union Lab website for more information and research exhibits.

Undergraduate courses:

Geographies of Cities, GEOG G277 (Spring 2013), Kim England, Geography. This course provides an understanding of the geographic nature of urbanization, urban systems (inter-urban geography) and the internal spatial patterns and activities within cities (intra-urban geography). The students engaged the LULab Omeka platform for a course project.

Urban Environmental Histories: An American Context, LARCH 498/598 (Winter 2013), This course considers how urban environmental histories are shaped and produced, through the lens of seven American cities and their histories. Students created team-generated histories of Lake Union using the Omeka Platform and the resources of the LULab.

Urban History, HSTAA208 (Winter 2013), Margaret O'Mara, History. This large lecture course provides a foundational understanding of the economic, political, and social forces shaping cities' evolution over time and the central role cities have played in modern history. The final project was the South Lake Union Stories website using the Omeka platform and the resources of the LULab.

Graduate courses/seminars:

Decoding the Landscape, Microseminar with the Simpson Center, HUM 595 (Spring 2013), Kim England, Geography; Lynne Manzo, Landscape Architecture; and Margaret O'Mara, History. This microseminar with twenty graduate students (and waiting list) brought together two important critical thinkers about cities, sprawl, nature, infrastructure, and the role of design in the urban landscapes: Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale University, and Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT.

Design Studios:

Lake2Bay Challenge: Urban Performance/Catlytic Landscapes, LA507 , (Fall 2014), Thaisa Way, Landscape Architecture. An advanced landscape architecture design studio focused on a competition style challenge to develop a design that would catalyze the urban landscape in order to "create the healthiest urban space in the world to live, work, learn, study, create, visit, and play" in the Lake2Bay District of Seattle.

GhostWorks Studio, Arch 503, (Spring 2012), Rob Corser, Architecture, Tad Hirsch, Design. GhostWorks Studio was a undergraduate studio offered to Interaction Design and Architecture students. Student teams prototyped "ghosts" – interactive media installations that collect and project stories, histories and dreams of a former forest service station currently being developed as a cultural and economic development center in Twisp, WA. Working with TwispWorks, the community organization responsible for the site, the project engaged the public through built form and digital media. See GhostWorks project site.

Designing for Urgent Change in the Pacific Rim, BELAB, LA 598/ Arch 504, (Spring 2011), Ken Oshima, Architecture, Thaisa Way, Landscape Architecture. This interdisciplinary BE LAB addressed the global challenge of climate change and the more localized dilemma of designing for indeterminacy and change. We considered the urgency of responsible and responsive design to engage both immediate and future needs of Pacific Rim cities including predictions of rising waters.

| Public Discourse: Now Urbanism | Teaching Domain: Lake Union Lab | Faculty Projects: Urban Research |