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Doug Kelbaugh

Doug Kelbaugh is Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, a position he assumed after serving as Architecture Chair at the University of Washington from 1985-93. He recently moved back to Seattle.

20 Years Later, The “Seattle Box” Has Reinvented

Biking around Seattle to re-engage a city that I had not lived in for 21 years, I was intrigued and positively impressed with the quality of speculative housing projects. They exhibit rich texture and articulation, with colors often vivid by historical standards.

Out in Public: Rethinking our Shared Spaces?

Are cities now dangerous places due to their density? No, I believe, the face-to-face city will endure. It’s simply too productive, efficient, and advantageous. And compact cities address the existential crisis of our time -- climate change.

City-As-Heat-Island. And Then There’s COVID

The coronavirus crisis should not make us reduce the density of our cities. It’s the dense mix of uses, the walkability and bike-ability, the public transit of cities that directly combat climate change by reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint of urban residents.

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How to Cook a Weed

One evening, when I was maybe nine years old, we were in Spokane having dinner at another family’s house and one of their children pushed his plate of asparagus away and declared to his mother, “I hate vegetables.” Appalled by his ignorance, I shot him a look of withering scorn and said, “Asparagus is not a vegetable. It’s a weed.”

Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

Celebrating Cinerama – It Made Watching Movies an Event

The Cinerama is such an important part of our city because, to take a page from the Martin Scorsese’s school of cinematic thought, there are some movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.

Low-Cost Housing: Here’s the way to do it

Building microhousing for use as transitional housing, or renting it from private developers, is the most obvious way to move forward. But we don’t.