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Dean Saitta is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Urban Studies Program, University of Denver
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Dean Saitta is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Denver. He teaches courses in urban anthropology, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, and museum studies. He is a co-author of "Denver: An Archaeological History." He is currently researching and writing about issues facing the contemporary city from an archaeological, historical, and intercultural perspective. He writes a blog called "Intercultural Urbanism."

Recent Posts

Blog post
February 29, 2016, 2pm PST
The great Italian scholar and novelist's death likely has little meaning for practicing planners, but his literary method might have lasting relevance for planning education and the design of urban space.
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Blog post
December 7, 2015, 2pm PST
The New York Times architecture critic is making good on his promise to focus on the social context and redemptive qualities of urban architecture and design. A recent lecture in Denver identified several imperatives for the planning profession.
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Blog post
October 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
The question is often asked and answered by urban planners and placemakers. The perspective offered here boils the essential qualities down to centrality, connectivity, and cachet, with a strong dose of urban "commoning."
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Blog post
July 15, 2015, 6am PDT
A retrospective of a billboard art exhibition at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas on the occasion of the 2015 Biennial's kick-off implicates an excellent model of citizen engagement and possibly some lessons for civic leaders and urban planners.
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Blog post
July 1, 2015, 2pm PDT
It’s a big question being tackled by land use planners and water providers in Colorado, where the traditional disconnect between water realities and land use decisions precludes a sustainable balance between water supply and urban growth.
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Blog post
June 1, 2015, 2pm PDT
It’s wise to search widely across time and space for good examples of processes and products for intercultural city building.
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Blog post
May 7, 2015, 10am PDT
Income inequality, housing affordability, and residential segregation are big challenges that require more self-critical analysis and less civic self-promotion.
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Blog post
March 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.
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Blog post
February 18, 2015, 5am PST
Blogs are a rewarding platform for bringing academic perspectives and research results to a much broader audience of scholars, planning professionals, students, and citizens.
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Blog post
January 25, 2015, 1pm PST
Denver is a national leader in retrofitting the Great American Suburban Mall. But how well are these retrofits working? A comparative analysis of field reports by college-age Millennials offers some insight.
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