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Welcome to the Department of Urban Design and Planning (UDP). Our core mission is to develop a community of inquiry, learning, and practice that helps urban regions to become more livable, just, economically effective, and environmentally sound through a democratic process of urban design and planning.

Professor Marina Alberti¹s new paper "Eco-evolutionary dynamics in an urbanizing planet" is highlighted in the Feb 18th edition of UW Today news. Click here to read the article.

Announcing the Mitch Cushman Scholarship Fund
The Department of Urban Design and Planning announces the establishment of the Mitch Cushman Scholarship, made possible by a generous bequest from Dr. Mitchell Cushman. Dr. Cushman earned his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 1973. Read more

Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) Featured in Provost Report on Innovative Academic Programs.
The Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program is featured in the recently published Provost report, Connecting the Dots: Helping Students Link Academics and Careers, part of the Provost series on leading trends and issues in public higher education. The report identifies CEP as a campus model for how innovative undergraduate education can connect academics and student learning with successful career preparation. Read more

Bicycling across Latin America to Discover What Agriculture Can Be
What do Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) students do after they graduate? If they’re Lydia Caudill (class of 2012) they buy a bike, head to Latin America, and use their film making talents to explore how communities from the south to the north are maintaining sustainable agricultural practices in the face of rapidly industrializing food systems. Read more


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