Projects

In keeping with the concept of the city as a laboratory, fieldwork is an important part of Urban Archives research. In the left-hand column, we have highlighted some of our students' projects, most of which are completed projects. In the right-hand column, we list some of the ongoing projects and components of the Urban Archives.

Undergraduate Projects

Undergraduates typically research one particular aspect or one particular area of Seattle over the course of the quarter. The final presentation of their research spans many forms and media.

Graduate Projects

Our collections consist of original analysis of various texts. By studying public spaces and their narratives, we explore the city through and beyond its vibrant tapestry of signs and interwoven stories.

Aurora

Photo: Tom Dobrowolsky. A Ghost sign in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

 

Urban Archives Digital Collections

We are working with the University of Washington Libraries in an ongoing collaboration to develop a digital archives of urban texts from around the world.

Search our Digital Collections at the UW Libraries

Independent Study

We are mentoring undergraduate research partners and collaborators. We offer independent study credit through the Department of Communication. Selected student projects are spotlighted at right.

Learn more about research opportunities.

the Urban Archivist

A weblog containing narrative vignettes and snapshots of informal observations of the urban landscape.

Link to the Urban Archivist

Urban Archives Notebook

Our wiki for case files, research notes, research ideas, instructions and teaching tools, and project administration.

Link to the UA Notebook

Some External Links

AHDS Metadata Advice

Banksy

The City Repair Project

Cultural Studies e-Archive

Graffiti Research Lab

Gridskipper

Image and Meaning

M/C Journal

Mona Caron

OlyBlog

Project for Public Spaces

Seattlest

Stacy Grooters

Urban Atmospheres

Urban Communication Foundation

Urban Places and Spaces

Wooster Collective

Yellow Arrow

Zefrank on Las Vegas

CitizenShift