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Our work addresses sustainability issues from the regional level down to the building. We know that creating the sustainable city cannot happen within only a single discipline, and that’s why SCI is grounded in a cross-disciplinary approach to solving community sustainability issues.


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SCYP Albany Site Visit

Fall term Planning, Public Administration and Architecture students traveled to Albany on Monday, October 10 to visit the city.

City Manager Wes Hare welcomed students and gave a wonderful overview of the city. Planning students toured downtown with city staff, focusing on the Water Avenue corridor, the subject of their Introduction to Planning, Planning Theory and Human Settlements classes. Public Budgeting students toured park facilities and met with Albany’s Finance Director. Architecture students presented their preliminary designs to Albany elected officials, local architects and city staff.

SCI-China Visiting Scholars

The SCI-China program welcomes five new visiting scholars from China this year. These new visiting scholars are from Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. LTD. They are professional planners specialized in economic development, transportation planning and analysis, and landscape design. During their 9-month stay here at Oregon, these scholars will learn about planning issues of their interests via opportunities to take classes and conduct research on campus, have guided visits to various projects, and engage in experience-sharing with Oregon planning professionals.

The visiting scholar program is organized by SCI-China, a platform dedicated to a multi-faceted engagement with Chinese professionals, professional institutions, and leading universities on sustainability-related research, education and training activities.

Urban Design Framework

Nico Larco is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and is a co-founder and co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco's research focus is on sustainable urban design, active transportation, street design, and how urban design affects the sustainability of buildings.  He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that organizes the range of urban design elements and approaches related to sustainability. Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was a 2012/13 Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain.


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Congratulations to Mugs Scherer and Rachel Struxness student report writers of the year. Mugs completed Redmond’s Midtown Neighborhood: Five Visions report in fall term 2015 and Rachel completed the Strategic Public Relations Plan & Client Materials-Redmond Wastewater Division report winter term 2016. Landscape Architecture professor Robe Ribe and instructor Jeff Krueger were presented instructor of the year award for Land Planning and Design and Senior instructor Beth Hjelm who taught Business Strategy and Planning. Thank you all for an amazing year of work.

Swedish students Nicholas Braun, Thomas Hutle, and Milan Vonk from the School of Engineering Blekinge Institute of Technology defended their master's project on SCYP. The Swedish students based their research on SCYP mission approach to increase sustainable development through higher education. 

SCI Research Associate and University of Oregon Professor of City & Regional Planning, Gerardo F. Sandoval, recently released a timely new book, Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation. Part of publisher Routledge's Equity, Justice and Sustainable City series, this edited volume provides multiple perspectives on re-designing cities for people on bikes with a lens of equitable planning, policy, and advocacy.  Along with Dr. Sandoval, co-editors Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Melody L. Hoffmann (Anoka Ramsey Community College), and Adonia E.