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Manish Chalana

Departmental Faculty

Manish Chalana, MArch, MLA, PhD
Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Adjunct Associate Professor: Architecture
Landscape Architecture, Affiliate: South Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies


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Office: 448C Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 616-6051
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
448C Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My research and teaching interests emphasize three themes: historic preservation planning, international planning and development; and urban history. In this work I draw on my academic training as well as my professional and personal experiences in both the United States and my native India. Within historic preservation planning, I focus on three areas: 1) planning for large-scale cultural resources; 2) preservation of vernacular environments; and 3) preservation planning in India. My work on international planning and development focuses on India in both urban and rural contexts. In the urban context I focus on spatial restructuring, particularly its impact on historic neighborhoods associated with low-income communities. In rural India, I am working with remote mountain communities, looking specifically at how planning and development work occurs in those regions. Finally, I am interested in multicultural urban history and its relationships to planning and preservation, with a particular interest in the urban experiences of minority groups, immigrants, and women in the Pacific Northwest. My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Park Service, Graham Foundation, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit, Colorado Historical Society, Royalty Research Funds (UW); King County's Cultural Service Agency—4Culture, Washington State Department of Ecology and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I teach specialty and international studios on topics of urban design, urban planning and historic preservation. In addition I teach a course each on American Urban History (URBDP 565), Digital Design Practicum (URBDP 573), Intro to Preservation Planning (URBDP 585), and Preservation and the Vernacular Environment (URBDP 587).

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Urban Design and Historic Preservation Planning Studios and Study Abroad

Selected Publications

“Centering the Periphery in the Chandigarh Master Plan”.” Journal of Planning History. Forthcoming, 2014

“Whole Community Resilience: An Asset-Based Approach to Enhancing Adaptive Capacity before a Disruption,” (with Freitag, Abramson and Dixon). Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA). Forthcoming, 2014

“Preservation and Hazard Mitigation for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in Seattle.” With Jeana Wiser. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology. 2003, 44(2-3), pp. 41-49

“Beyond Le Corbusier and the Modernist City: Reframing Chandigarh’s ‘World Heritage’ Legacy” (with Sprague). Planning Perspectives 2013, 28(2), pp. 199-222

“Of Mills and Malls: The Future of Urban Industrial Heritage in Neo-liberal Mumbai.” Future Anterior 2013, 9, pp. 1-15

“With Heritage So Wild: Cultural Landscape Inventory in the US National Parks.” Journal of Preservation Education and Research 2011, 3, pp. 1-16

“Slumdogs vs. Millionaires: Balancing Vernacular Environments and Global Modernity in Mumbai, India.” Journal of Architectural Education, 2010, 63(2), pp. 25-37

“The Pay Streak Spectacle: Representations of Race and Gender in the Amusement Quarters of the AYP Exposition.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 2009, pp. 23-35

Recent Projects

Studio Reports

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