Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary PhD

May 22, 2020

UW Pandemic Urbanism symposium (May 29) – full schedule announced!

A virtual symposium on COVID-19 and cities
Hosted by the University of Washington
May 29, 2020, 9a – 5:30p PDT


What does COVID-19 mean for cities? What are the implications of this pandemic for urban form, mobility, sociability, and politics?

In recent months, life in our cities has been radically transformed. The novel coronavirus pandemic has demanded cities’ urgent responses to the acute pains brought about by this crisis. Yet at the same time, the pandemic has merely revealed and intensified cities’ preexisting conditions of inequality, neglect, and discrimination — and so too their capacities for mutuality, resilience, and care. While the urban experience of COVID-19 is necessarily occupied with basic survival in the present tense, it also invites critical reflection on what our cities are and more hopeful reimaginings of what they could be. In this spirit, this one-day online symposium brings together more than 50 academics, researchers, practitioners, and activists to share their thoughts on the emerging state of pandemic urbanism.

See the full schedule and register to attend at pandemicurbanism.com.

Symposium organizers include current and recent University of Washington doctoral students:

Evan Carver (ehc@uchicago.edu)
Peter T. Dunn (ptdunn@uw.edu)
Katherine Idziorek (kidzi@uw.edu, personal site)
Lan T. Nguyen (lan8@uw.edu)
Elizabeth Umbanhowar (umbanhow@uw.edu)

Support comes from College of Built Environments, the PhD Program in the Built Environment and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Additional support is provided by PacTrans.