• Growing Up Boulder

    Growing Up Boulder (GUB)

    Growing Up Boulder (GUB) is Boulder’s child- and youth-friendly city initiative. GUB offers students the opportunity to participate in real-world projects that encourage children and youth engagement in planning and design.

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  • Park Hill Green Infrastructure Plan

    Green Infrastructure

    CEDaR takes an integrated approach to green infrastructure emphasizing linked problems in management of urban heat, flooding and run-off, urban design and connectivity, public health, water quality, water supply, habitat protection, recreation and environmental education.

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  • Lama Foundation Project


    Design/Build provides opportunities for students to learn about all dimensions of community-engaged design from concept and initial community discussion to final construction. For example, Environmental Design Students have partnered with the Lama Foundation in Questa, New Mexico to assist in the design and construction of a simple and sustainable structure for three season use.

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  • Affordable Housing

    Affordable Housing

    CEDaR works in partnership with cities, non-profit groups, and private firms to evaluate policies and develop building and neighborhood designs. Our goal is to address systemic problems in delivery of affordable housing through research and creation of regional and national design models.

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  • Smart Cities

    Smart Cities

    The focus of the Smart Cities initiative is on design of both digital and non-digital tools to support responsive governance and community participation. CEDaR has three Smart Cities projects underway.

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  • Internships


    The ENVD Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience and develop skills needed to succeed in the workplace after graduation.

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CEDaR Mission

CEDaR’s goal is to bring applied design research developed at the University of Colorado Boulder to communities in Colorado and elsewhere in the world. We are a collaborative of faculty from different units in the University with interests in design at varied scales: structures, infrastructure, landscape, neighborhoods, cities and regions. We focus on community-engaged design addressing local problems with broader implications for practice and research. Our work is rooted in cross-disciplinary collaboration, sustained agency partnerships, and joint student-faculty initiatives that improve the livability of cities, address issues of resource scarcity and environmental change, and represent the interests of communities with limited resources or experience of planning and design processes. CEDaR currently has projects underway related to empowerment for children and youth; affordable housing; green infrastructure; smart cities; design build; and small city planning. CEDaR works through partnerships with local governments, public agencies and non-profit groups. We invite potential partners to contact us!

Click here for the CEDaR Annual Report for the 2015 year.

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During spring and summer of 2016, CEDaR is co-sponsoring a series of conversations between agency staff, elected officials, students and faculty about new directions in regional sustainability policy, planning and design.

Rodolfo L. Rodríguez is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver and a Certificate of Public Health at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Welcome to Ben Harden, who is working with CEDaR as a GIS technician and associate, collaborating on green infrastructure projects with the city of Denver and other municipalities in Colorado.

Neda Peiravian is a visiting researcher at the CEDaR Resource Center, before joining the CEDaR she received her Bachelors degree in Sociology from Shiraz University and finished her MSc in urban and regional planning at the University of Birmingha