The Green Futures Lab creates innovative designs for sustainable places and systems.
The Green Futures Lab transformed a blank concrete wall on UW’s Gould Hall into a showcase of improved habitat, rainwater recycling, and local food production.
The GFL provided a comprehensive set of recommendations for the City of Burlington integrating opportunities for green stormwater infrastructure, active transport, habitat restoration, and revitalization of the city’s historic downtown and retail core.
The GFL and students from the UW College of Built Environments conducted research on floating wetlands and designed and constructed floating wetland prototypes.
Adaptive Streets: Strategies for Transforming the Urban Right-of-Way is an illustrated handbook to inspire and guide citizens, planners and officials to re-imagine how our streets can be adapted to increase utility and delight as well as enhance human and environmental health.
The GFL assisted the City of Edmonds in conducting a revisioning plan for the Five Corners and Westgate districts using a community participatory design process to envision improvements to create pedestrian-friendly, sustainable and lively neighborhoods.
To address water quality pollution of Puget Sound, the GFL is creating a series of collaborative research projects designed to develop holistic solutions to filter, clean and recycle stormwater at the urban waterfront area.
Over 300 citizens and leaders from civic, environmental, business, and community groups created a comprehensive green infrastructure network plan to guide Seattle’s urban development over the next 100 years.
The Public Spaces Public Life studio combines international study experience with multi-disciplinary collaboration on local projects in order to develop planning and design solutions for Seattle’s public realm.
Data driven analysis on how humans use the city.
A planning study envisioning public rights-of-way “shoreline street ends” in Seattle as treasured community open spaces, and researching their potential to affect individual and community health and wellbeing.
Students, government and the community designed prototypical “green street” edges to address bicycle and pedestrian opportunities, community space, stormwater control, water conservation and connected habitat.
Envisioning Seattle’s alleys as exciting, green, healthy cultural spaces that have the potential to change the experience of the city.
Students worked with Gehl Associates to explore possibilities in pedestrianizing car-dominated streets, transforming them into safe, comfortable, enjoyable and ecologically healthy places for walking and bicycling.
Providing opportunities for play in the urban public realm is an essential tactic for creating lively, just and convivial community spaces that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life.
How can design help us to regard stormwater as a resource rather than waste?