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We advance the knowledge of how cities grow and evolve for the purpose of creating more sustainable, adaptable, and enjoyable built environments.


Our Mission

The Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities seeks to advance our understanding of how cities grow and evolve. The Institute promotes a holistic view of city building by studying the relationship between the process of planning and the built environment. By linking an historical study of cities to contemporary issues, the Institute’s research is grounded in established precedent. By putting this knowledge to work, design and policy decisions made today can more accurately reflect their intentions for tomorrow.