Green Futures Design and Research Lab

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. The book presents a collection of strategies, demonstrating how they can be implemented in prototypical streets. Adaptive Streets can be used as a community empowerment tool to create new visions that transform the right-of-way.

Developed by Mike Schimndeller and Jordan Lewis under the guidance of Professor Rottle, Gehl Architect Schulzet Cerassor, and Seattle DOT’s Public Space Program, the project won 2014 national student award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Neighborhoods for People

Neighborhoods for People

Neighborhoods for People

Conducting a study of the pedestrian environment around three light rail station in order to capture baseline data on existing conditions of the areas before Sound Transit operations began.

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.

Re-Imagining Seattle Streets

Re-Imagining Seattle Streets

Re-Imagining Seattle Streets

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.

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Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

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