UAA Campus is Open

We are pleased to report the UAA Anchorage campus will open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, following last Friday's earthquake. The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus will remain closed, but classes will resume in alternative locations. Students should check UAOnline for their new meeting location. As you return to campus, we encourage you to check the web page for important safety tips and resources about how to submit work requests to facilities for repairs. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Urban in Alaska

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

  • Fairview Popup Museum
  • Think Tanks
  • Winter Design Project
  • Design Charrette
  • Jeff Hou speaking at ENGAGE Week
  • Urban in Alaska Conference

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

  • Think Tanks – 3 held each semester, typically the first Thursday of the month. Check back for future dates.
  • Urban in Alaska Conference – Attend this annual conference featuring a keynote address, break-out sessions with faculty, community partners and students presenting together on a variety of community-engaged projects. Typically held in the fall, in late October.
  • 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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