What is Urban in Alaska?

What is Urban in Alaska?

Urban in Alaska is an exploration of Anchorage as an urban area with urban issues in what is more typically considered a rural state. Urban issues in Anchorage are similar to other cities: poverty, homelessness, access to affordable housing, mental illness, substance abuse, sustainability.

The focus on place as something distinct and creative is an area of study that has been the purview of urban planners. The appreciation of the meaning of place, the social spaces of neighborhoods, and the design of public space to include those impacted by social issues is key in creating livable urban spaces.


Urban in Alaska activities

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  • Think Tank
  • Design Charrette
  • Jeff Hou ENGAGE Week
  • Pop Up Museum Fairview
  • Urban in Alaska Conference
  • Winter Design Project

Our Urban in Alaska Initiative at UAA includes a number of activities on campus and in the community!

  • Think Tanks – Nov 5 with STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), Feb 4, March 3, April 7.
  • Urban in Alaska Conference – Friday, Nov. 6, 9 am – 1:30 pm featuring a keynote address, break-out sessions with faculty, community partners and students presenting together on a variety of community-engaged projects. 
  • Civic Engagement Courses focused on urban life in Anchorage 
  • Dialogues for Public Life – training for community members & faculty facilitators of dialogue on public issues ranging from homelessness to equal rights and environmental concerns.



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