Green Futures Design and Research Lab
Research

The Green Futures Lab conducts research projects that aim to develop the knowledge needed to create healthy, engaging, and ecological environments.


Biodiversity Green Wall System

Biodiversity Green Wall System

Biodiversity Green Wall System

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.

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

A collaborative effort to integrate and elevate the many activities underway to conserve and enhance the ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic vitality of the Central Puget Sound.

Floating Wetlands

Floating Wetlands

Floating Wetlands

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

Adaptive Streets

Adaptive Streets

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.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions

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.

Open Space Seattle 2100

Open Space Seattle 2100

Open Space Seattle 2100

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.

Green Roof Database and Evaluation

Green Roof Database and Evaluation

Green Roof Database and Evaluation

An interdisciplinary project to evaluate the performance, benefits, design and cost of green roof prototypes and to develop and online performance database in partnership with Snyder Roofing and the City of Seattle.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Lessons from Copenhagen to encourage bicycling in the USA and throughout the world.

Activating Alleys for a Lively City

Activating Alleys for a Lively City

Activating Alleys for a Lively City

Envisioning Seattle’s alleys as exciting, green, healthy cultural spaces that have the potential to change the experience of the city.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways

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.

Stormwater Web Portal Feasibility

Stormwater Web Portal Feasibility

Stormwater Web Portal Feasibility

A web-based photo and project databank that synthesizes green stormwater design strategies that can be easily accessed by the public, stormwater managers, technical staff, students, decision-makers, urban planners and designers.

Urban Play Handbook

Urban Play Handbook

Urban Play Handbook

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.

Porous Public Space

Porous Public Space

Porous Public Space

How can design help us to regard stormwater as a resource rather than waste?

Kitsap County Stormwater Park Time-Lapse

Kitsap County Stormwater Park Time-Lapse

Kitsap County Stormwater Park Time-Lapse

Kitsap County stormwater park construction