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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, and evolutionary anthropology. 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
May 15, 2017, 8am PDT
There’s very little that differentiates proposals by four distinguished planning and design firms to better connect my university to its immediate neighborhood and the wider city. Why is that, and does it have to be that way?
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Blog post
April 17, 2017, 5am PDT
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute annual conference is the region's premier gathering of planning professionals. This year's conference explored strategies for building inclusive cities in which everyone can thrive.
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January 17, 2017, 5am PST
Today’s "Eco" or "Green" Urbanism movement has ancient, cross-cultural roots. This history is worth contemplating for lessons relevant to sustainable planning and design.
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Blog post
November 21, 2016, 11am PST
Keynote speeches and break-out sessions at this year's Rocky Mountain City Summit implicated the importance of cultural knowledge for planning inclusive and equitable cities.
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October 3, 2016, 10am PDT
The great urbanist may have offered a flawed theory of urban origins, but that doesn't mean her idea is completely worthless.
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Blog post
June 26, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Garden City concept has a long and honorable pedigree within urban planning. Analysis of Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community outside of Denver, Colorado highlights some important issues around social and environmental sustainability.
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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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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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