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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submissions from 2014
From Progressive Planning to Progressive Urbanism: Planning's Progressive Future and the Legacies of Fragmentation, Stephen Atkinson and Joshua Jorgensen
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