Urban Sustainability

 

Gavin Derleth, BA ‘20, presented his research on gentrification in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood at the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference in Austin, Texas.

Gavin Derleth, BA ‘20, presented his research on gentrification in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood at the Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference in Austin, Texas.

Geography students collaborate with faculty to research urban environments firsthand, from the university’s backyard of Washington, D.C., to cities around the world. Students have authored papers on demographic shifts in D.C.’s Chinatown and inventoried the trees on campus in order to help restore the District’s canopy.

Recent faculty research projects measure the vulnerability of urban populations to flooding threats, urban sustainability in the Arctic, contemporary challenges to protecting open space on the National Mall and the effect of the Bolivian, Asian Indian and Ethiopian diasporas on urban landscapes in U.S. cities.

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"It's helpful to approach planning issues from a geographical perspective. We care about where people live and where they want to go. As planners, we have some ability to influence these decisions and options."

Laura Smith

MA ‘06
NYC Department of City Planning


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Research Spotlight

Professor Lisa Benton-Short in front of a crowd at the Washington Monument.

The National Mall: Geography and America’s Front Yard

Home to monuments, memorials and marches, the National Mall is the United States’ most important public space.