Planning Cascadia, walking through Columbia City, and designing a real city


Over the next two weeks, converse with planning leaders from cities, explore the rich history of Columbia City, and design your ideal city.  

Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):

Tuesday – 6/29

15-Minutes in Cascadia: A Conversation with Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver City Planners

Join AIA Seattle for an exploration of the 15-minute city in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, with a planner from each city. Learn about urban planning concepts such as affordability, community, mobility, equity, sustainability, responsiveness, and more. 

4:00pm-5:30pm – Online event. RSVP required.

Saturday – 7/10

Columbia City: Expect Random Encounters

Columbia City is now considered one of Seattle’s most dynamic, diverse, and desirable neighborhoods. Explore the city with Seattle Architecture Foundation on this tour that will examine the revitalization of the historic business district and more. 

10:00am-12:00pm – Columbia City Light Rail Station (4818 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98108). Ticket purchase required.


Imagining the Ideal City

At this in-person event by MOHAI and the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development, work with friends and family to assemble the elements of a real city in a game created by designer Anna Armstrong. 

1:00pm-3:00pm – MOHAI Terrace and Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)


Every day until July 17 

When Seattle Shakes: Preservation and Resilience

When Seattle Shakes is an exhibit that explores how to align the goals of historic preservation and resilient design by understanding the most effective ways of protecting a city’s historic building stock against earthquakes. This online exhibit will be open until July 17th and will include resources ranging from disaster preparedness trainings for architects to a how-to guide for creating your own disaster preparedness safety kit. 

All day – Online event. 


Other News and Information:

Urban@UW Research Spark Grants Application Window Open

The goal of Urban@UW’s Spark Grants program is to *spark* new and emerging urban research initiatives to scope out their mission and initial research, teaching, and engagement goals. Proposals may request up to $20,000. Urban@UW anticipates funding 2 projects. Applications that include scholars whose research programs were impacted as a result of the pandemic will be prioritized. The deadline for applications is July 16. 

Read more here.

LGBT Pride Month resources:

Learn more about Lambert House

Founded in 1981, Lambert House is an international leader in LGBTQ youth community building that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. 

Urban@UW strives to amplify and connect the efforts of city-focused scholars and practitioners from UW and our larger community. For many more on- and off-campus events please see our calendar; for the latest urban news check out our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. If there are happenings or stories you would like us to share, please let us know by emailing