Green Futures Design and Research Lab

Public Spaces | Public Life Studios

The Public Spaces Public Life studio in the College of Built Environments combines international study experience with multi-disciplinary collaboration on local projects in order to explore planning and design solutions for Seattle’s public realm.

Before the studio, students travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit the office of the renowned Copenhagen firm Gehl Architects and see the city through its people-centered urban design lens.  For two weeks, students are immersed in the design and planning strategies that make this one of the leading cities in bicycle and pedestrian planning and one of the “most liveable” in the world.  Upon return to Seattle, students focus on applying the lessons learned to a local site, and continue to benefit from the involvement of Gehl Architects as members of the office act a visiting instructors and critics.  Scan|Design Foundation generously supports this Master Studio and the Travel-Study experience.  Each year the students’ inspired designed for Seattle’s urban environment are documented in books, which can be downloaded at right.

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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.

Public Spaces Public Life for Seattle

Public Spaces Public Life for Seattle

Public Spaces Public Life for Seattle

Public life recordings are used as the basis for proposed strategies and reconfigurations of the space between the buildings and to prioritize people activities, which, in turn, make our streets and cities lively.

Neighborhoods for People

Neighborhoods for People

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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.