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Robert Mugerauer

Departmental Faculty

Robert Mugerauer, PhD
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Professor, Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture
Adjunct Professor, Anthropology
Director, PhD Program in the Built Environment
Adjunct Professor, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, UK


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Office: 448G Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 221-4415
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:
3949 15th Ave NE
448G Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

I am interested in a wildly wide range of subjects and approaches, but they all cohere around the themes of “social and cultural values,” “social urban ecology,” and “qualitative and participatory methods for responding to the world.” I think that pursuing a synthetic goal such as “environmental health and well-being” involves many complex dimensions that usually are treated only in a fragmented or even contradictory manner. The alternative for research and practice is to find ways to unify alternative modes of understanding and acting that still respect, even nurture, differences. This means combining approaches that focus on large, structural dimensions of phenomena and, simultaneously, using very specific cases in which meaning is contextually generated. Surprisingly, we under-utilize the current theory of self-organization, the power of film and new media, and do not fully appreciate the importance of scenario building in the democratic planning process—shortcomings which we can remedy.


Selected Publications

Mugerauer, R. “The City: A Legacy of Organism-Environment Interaction at Every Scale” in I. Stefanovic & S. Scharper, eds., The Natural City: Revisioning the Built Environment (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011), pp. 257-294.

Mugerauer, R. “Toward a Theory of Integrated Urban Ecology: Complementing Pickett et al.,” Ecology and Society, December, 2010, 15 (4), 31 <http//www.ecology and society.org.vol15/iss4/art31>.

Mugerauer, R. “Anatomy of Life and Well-Being: A Framework for the Contributions of Phenomenology and Complexity Theory," International Journal of Qualitative Studies of Health & Well-Being, July, 2010, <5:5097- DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v512.5097>.

Mugerauer, R.“Insinuating a Better Way of Life: Making Do in the Everyday Spaces of Buenos Aires." Traditional Dwellings & Settlements Working Paper Series, IASTE, UC-Berkeley, Fall, 2010

Mugerauer, R. “Architecture and Urban Planning: Approaches to Tourism Studies," in M. Robinson and T. Jamal, editors.,The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies, Sage Publications, Ltd., 2009, pp. 290-311, illustrated.

Mugerauer, R. “Tradition, Tourism, and Technology: Local and Scientific Knowledge and Action in Freiburg in Breisgau.” (UC-Berkeley: IASTE Working Paper Series, Dec., 2008).

Mugerauer, R. Heidegger and Homecoming, 688 page book (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Mugerauer, R. "Deleuze and Guattari's Return to Science as a Basis for Environmental Philosophy," in Bruce V. Foltz and Robert Frodeman, editors, Nature Revisited: Environmental Philosophy in a New Key. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Mugerauer, R. "The Tensed Embrace of Tourism and Traditional Environments: Exclusionary Practices in Cancun, Cuba, and South Florida," in Nezar AlSayyad, editor, The End of Tradition. New York: Routledge, 2003, pp. 116-143, illustrated.

Mugerauer, R. "Openings To Each Other in the Technological Age," in Nezar AlSayyad, editor, Global Norms & Urban Forms in the Age of Tourism: Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage. New York: Rouledge/Spon, 2001.

Mugerauer, R. "Porous Boundaries: Fence Patterns and Mexican-American Identity in San Antonio, Texas," in Nezar AlSayyad, editor, Hybrid Urbanism: On Identity and Tradition in the Built Environment. New York: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Press, 2001.

Mugerauer, R. "Qualitative GIS: To Mediate, Not Dominate," in Donald G. Janelle and David Hodge, editors, Information, Space, and Cyberspace. Frankfurt am Main, 2000, pp. 317-338, illustrated.

Mugerauer, R. with David Seamon, Eds. Dwelling, Place, and Environment, new 3rd Edition, Gainesville, Florida: Krieger Press, 2000, 355 pp., illustrated.

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