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BIG unveils plans for Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Image courtesy of BIG BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have unveiled their design for Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a public space and pavilion in form of a massive wood-clad triangular viewing platform for events … Continue reading

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“Vanity Height” added to more skyscrapers

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has looked at the increasing trend towards extreme spires and other extensions of supertall (300-meter-plus) buildings that do not enclose usable space, and created a new term to describe this – Vanity … Continue reading

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New bilingual signs in Chinatown-International District

Bilingual street name signs will be installed this summer at more than 30 intersections in Seattle’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhood through a partnership of the city and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area. Mayor Mike McGinn said in a press … Continue reading

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Two steps back on affordability?

If Seattle aligns on anything, it’s affordable housing. We pass our levies by wide margins, and seem to agree that our city should be available for all income levels, whether for empathy, worker availability, or other reasons. We might also … Continue reading

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Making strides on affordability

Today’s DJC has a good story by Patrick L. Phillips of the ULI about housing affordability, particularly the importance of housing near jobs for people with moderate incomes. This needs to be a priority for Seattle, not because everyone is automatically entitled to … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Engaged Design Community

One of the things that struck me when I arrived in Seattle over thirty years ago was the engagement of architects in advocating for the quality of the built environment. I wasn’t aware of the fact that we are one … Continue reading

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How do you make tall buildings liveable?

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has created a video in which industry leaders talk about how to make tall buildings liveable. The video is part of an ongoing series by the council addressing big-picture questions about tall … Continue reading

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Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘til it’s Gone

Photo by Tim Rice Architectural Photography One would think that moving to the Bay Area would afford great advantages for a mid-career urban planner/designer. What with all of the cutting edge parking management and parklets, there is so much to … Continue reading

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LA OKs key financing for downtown streetcar

Voters in downtown Los Angeles have approved key financing for a $125-million streetcar project, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. The streetcar would run mainly along Broadway, and Hill and Figueroa streets, three of downtown’s main arteries, … Continue reading

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10 ways to make cities more walkable

Seattle has a number of walkable neighborhoods, from Capitol Hill to Belltown. An article in The Atlantic Cities offers 10 tips for making cities more walkable Ballard is an urban village and a fun place to walk. Photo by Clair … Continue reading

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