Conflux

CONFLUX is the occasional papers series of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Derived from the Latin word confluere, Conflux literally means “to flow together.” We believe this imaginary of urban flows and socio-spatial interconnections captures the inherent dynamism and vitality of cities and urban processes all across the world. The word conflux also suggests the kind of intellectual space we hope to nurture here. We intend this series to serve as an active resource for various participants “to meet up”—faculty, staff, students, UWT alumni, citizens, colleagues near and far, community members, public officials, and public activists.

The submissions we include here explore various aspects of the urban experience, whether focused on policy, theory, or even opinion. Papers are not formally peer reviewed as such, but do communicate ideas, emerging impressions, research results, formal critiques, and/or extended comments about the urban experience in the broadest sense—past, present and future; local and global. We especially want to highlight the very best work of our program’s students, both past and present. Papers should be emailed directly to Dr. Yonn Dierwechter, Urban Studies Program, UW-Tacoma (yonn@uw.edu).

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Submissions from 2014

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From Progressive Planning to Progressive Urbanism: Planning's Progressive Future and the Legacies of Fragmentation, Stephen Atkinson and Joshua Jorgensen

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Evaluating Urban Growth Boundaries: A Case Study of Pierce County, WA’S State Route 410, Daniel Buhl

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Lesson for Puget Sound? The City-Region and the Politics of Scale in Cape Town, Yonn Dierwechter

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Enhancing Big Ideas Through Regional Planning: Cross-Jurisdictional 'Value Added' in Washington State, Yonn Dierwechter, Brittany Hale, Robert Woodmark, Cody Wyatt, Wendy Moss, Matthew Hall, Whitney Hays, Shanna Schubert, Cheng Wang, Seth Lundgaard, and Caleb Rawson

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Tacoma's Japanese Language School: An Alternative Path to Citizenship and Belonging in Pre-WWII Urban America, Lisa Hoffman

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Cities as Catalysts for Climate Action: The Rise of Cities as Catalysts for Effective Climate Action in a Post-Westphalian Landscape, Chris Lower

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Urban (R)evolutions: Museums, Spectacle, and Development in Reform Era China, Hope St. John