Recent Events

A graduation ceremony from the back with CU on a student's cap in the foreground.

May 16: Congratulations CEDaR Spring 2020 graduates!

On May 16, 2020, CU Boulder held its virtual graduation ceremony. Join us in congratulating our graduating students employees, interns and researchers who were involved in CEDaR projects! Read more
Andres Duany giving a talk.

Feb. 15: Adaptation Urbanism with Andrés Duany

Led by Andrés Duany, the Adaptation Urbanism workshop focuses on urban design ideas and adaptation plans to help planners, designers and city officials address climate change and related natural disasters. Duany is founder and principal partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and promote environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing and job types. Read more
Two young students hold a draft of the child-friendly map

Feb. 4: Webinar - How to create a child-friendly city map

In 2019, Growing Up Boulder (GUB), Boulder’s child- and youth-friendly city initiative based out of the University of Colorado's Community Engagement, Design and Research (CEDaR) Center, created the United States’ first printed, child-friendly city map.These free, bilingual (the printed version) maps have reached more than 15,000 families. Learn how your community can create one of these maps as a tool for social justice, active living, empowerment and joy! Read more


Community Design Workshop

Students discuss projects in Ponderosa Praxis.Local governments and community organizations, consider collaborating with CEDaR on a Community Design Workshop for your town or neighborhood! The workshop brings student and faculty research and creativity to projects that integrate public art, urban design and community engagement around neighborhood and commercial district revitalization.  

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Colorado Voices

Graphic of manufactured housingColorado Voices features the personal stories of grassroot activists and their success in addressing affordable housing issues. In these initial print and audio stories, we look at some of the most common issues facing mobile home park residents, including not owning the land beneath their units and being vulnerable to unreasonable or unaffordable rent hikes; state laws favoring out-of-state corporate ownership of trailer parks over individual ownership; COVID19-related vulnerabilities; limitations on renovations and more. We’ll also look at how CU Boulder’s Community Engagement, Design and Research Center (CEDaR) is helping these residents with advocacy, design and other services. 

Listen to Dave Weil speak about life in a Boulder mobile home park.
Read Colorado Voices articles.

Program areas

Community Arts/Design Build

CEDaR helps organize a variety of community arts projects ranging from the restoration of the Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder to design of a plaza in downtown Longmont.

Sustainable Places

Design and planning for urban redevelopment, place-making, and resource efficient urbanism 

City Science

Assessment and application of urban technologies, and use of community science and analytics in urban management. 

Urban Affordability

Innovative design for housing and energy cost-reduction, as well as increase in self-sufficiency and increase in health of vulnerable communities.

Resilient Infrastructure

Integrated management of stormwater, urban heat, urban connectivity, water quality, air quality, and green infrastructure.

Children and Youth

Engagement of young people in planning and design decisions, and evaluation of programs providing services to children and families.