Urban Commons Lab

Immigrants and Places

Engendering Cross-Cultural Understanding: In cities around the world, immigration and movement of people and ideas have continued to shape the local demographics, urban experiences, and city form. This project brought together a multidisciplinary group of researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to share and compare their innovative research on immigration, place-making, and cross-cultural understanding. Through an international symposium, the group examined the emergent urban activities and spaces that facilitate greater cross-cultural understanding in diverse contexts. The outcomes of the symposium served as the basis for the book Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (Routledge 2013). [Link] [Proceedings]

World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund (2010-2011). Principal Investigator/ Jeff Hou. WUN Partners/ Malika Bose (Pennsylvania State University), Samuel F. Dennis, Jr. (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Duanfang Lu (University of Sydney), Clare Rishbeth (University of Sheffield). Non-WUN Partners/ Shenglin Chang (National Taiwan University), Michael Rios (University of California, Davis). Community Partner/ Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority.