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College of Architecture and Planning



The following is a list of research projects and policy work with a P-20 education connection currently underway in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.  Please contact us to add to this list. 


The Department of Planning and Design – Children Youth and Environment Center for

Research and Design (CYE)  

Contact: Pamela Wridt,  School of Architecture

Website: CYE

Heads The Department of Planning and Design – Children Youth and Environment Center for Research and Design (CYE).  Participatory action research with children and youth to engage them in civic decision-making process.  Expertise in community mapping with children and youth. CYE spearheads research and practice on children, youth and their environments.  Dr. Wridt has received several Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants to understand the role of neighborhoods in supporting children’s physical activity, as well as how to conduct community mapping with children to encourage their participation in making their neighborhoods better places for young people.  Dr. Wridt has partnered with a range of city agencies to engage children and youth in decision-making processes, including the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children (Denver’s Child and Youth Friendly City Initiative) and the Mayor’s Office of Safety (Safe City and the Metro Denver Gang Coalition).  Dr. Wridt also works with neighborhood groups, Denver Public Schools and the Learning Landscapes projects through the metro Denver area to improve children’s environments based on their viewpoints, desires and needs.


Learning Landscapes

Contact: Lois Brink, School of Architecture

Website: Learning Landscapes

Learning Landscapes: The design of safe outdoor play environments support children’s physical activity. Learning Landscape has implemented this environmental change in Denver by transforming 50 neglected elementary school playgrounds into attractive, safe multi-use playgrounds that also function as community outreach environments. Landscape architect students and faculty work with communities to design school playgrounds as public spaces and coordinated programs. To date, DPS has constructed 50 playgrounds. There are an additional 46 schools in the planning phase. To date UC Denver CAP graduate students have developed 86 master plans and have prepared 49 sets of design development drawings. The average cost per playground is $430,000. Each Learning Landscape has: an artistic gateway that connects the school playground to the community, shade structures meeting areas for the neighborhood, and  multi-use fields.


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