Green Futures Design and Research Lab

Publications

Activating Alleys for a Lively City

Activating Alleys for a Lively City

This guidebook is meant to assist individuals and institutions in their efforts to transform Seattle’s alleys, to inspire as well as provide some practical tools.

Adaptive Streets: Strategies for Transforming the Urban Right-Of-Way

Adaptive Streets: Strategies for Transforming the Urban Right-Of-Way

Adaptive Streets 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.

Burlington at the Crossroads: Final Recommendations

Burlington at the Crossroads: Final Recommendations

A Green Futures Lab team proposed actions to transform Burlington, WA into a more economically robust, socially and culturally responsive, and environmentally healthy city.

Downtown Seattle 2009: Public Spaces & Public Life

Downtown Seattle 2009: Public Spaces & Public Life

This document offers an introduction to a new way of recording and understanding the importance of public life in an urban context.

Edmonds ReVISIONING | Five Corners & Westgate: Edmonds Special District Plan

Edmonds ReVISIONING | Five Corners & Westgate: Edmonds Special District Plan

A presentation on the Edmonds ReVISIONING project given at the 2012 APA conference.

Edmonds ReVISIONING | Westgate: A District Plan and Form-Based Code

Edmonds ReVISIONING | Westgate: A District Plan and Form-Based Code

The Green Futures Lab worked with the City of Edmonds to envision the future of the neighborhood commercial center at Westgate.

Floating Wetlands Design Investigations, Volume II

Floating Wetlands Design Investigations, Volume II

This design volume documents the design process in the ten week seminar, and highlights new floating wetland design ideas for the Lower Stensland Creek Wetland and South Park Bridge Duwamish River sites.

Floating Wetlands Research, Volume I

Floating Wetlands Research, Volume I

This research volume is a window into a larger body of case studies and literature on floating wetland systems, aimed to inform designers, decision-makers and the general public on the breadth of interest in floating wetlands worldwide.

Green Roof Demonstration

Green Roof Demonstration

Slide show of a green roof installation at the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse, April 2010.

Green Roofs in Seattle: A Survey of Vegetated Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

Green Roofs in Seattle: A Survey of Vegetated Roofs and Rooftop Gardens

An inventory on green roofs located within the City Limits of Seattle created to develop a context for the further development of green roofs in Seattle and elsewhere.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Toolbox

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Toolbox

A collection of green stormwater infrastructure graphics created for the City of Seattle.

Green Wall Demonstration Video

Green Wall Demonstration Video

Official video trailer of the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project filmed and edited by UW MLA student Harley Pan.

Kitsap County Stormwater Park Time-Lapse

Kitsap County Stormwater Park Time-Lapse

Lake Forest Park: The Legacy 100-Year Vision

Lake Forest Park: The Legacy 100-Year Vision

This vision for the City of Lake Forest Park proposes a regenerative framework that will create a healthy, vital city, while enhancing cultural and natural environments and maximizing the city’s long-term sustainability.

Map Ping Invitations

Map Ping Invitations

A project exploring invitations to linger within urban public space.

Map Ping Invitations: Invisible Rhythm– Movement Across Modes, a Rhythmanalysis

Map Ping Invitations: Invisible Rhythm– Movement Across Modes, a Rhythmanalysis

A short story comparing rhythms of different forms of movement through a neighborhood.

Map Ping Invitations: Tracing Copenhagen

Map Ping Invitations: Tracing Copenhagen

This is a student survey to illustrate how public space offers invitations to linger at eye level. How do these invitations operate? How can we make our cities richer in quality?

Neighborhoods for People

Neighborhoods for People

This document is meant to inspire, motivate, and educate. When you look at neighborhoods, we encourage you to think of human life first. Then, consider the arrangement of spaces needed to support the life and activities you envision.

Open Space Financing in Seattle

Open Space Financing in Seattle

A closer look at the effects of open space on property values, city revenues and housing affordability.

Open Space Seattle 2100 | Envisioning Seattle’s Green Future

Open Space Seattle 2100 | Envisioning Seattle’s Green Future

This planning endeavor enlisted the talents and skills of over 300 people, who generously invested two days to consider Seattle’s green future. Our approach looked to the long-term, dividing the city into its underlying, immutable topographic and watershed basins.

Open Space Seattle 2100 | Executive Summary: Envisioning Seattle’s Green Future

Open Space Seattle 2100 | Executive Summary: Envisioning Seattle’s Green Future

The executive summary of the Open Space Seattle 2100 publication: Envisioning Seattle's Green Future.

Porous Public Space

Porous Public Space

How can design help us to regard stormwater as a resource rather than waste? How can the celebration of water bring people together in public space? How might a heightened awareness of water– positioned in its unique geophysical context–promote an urban life culture with an authentic sense of place? Interns Roxanne Lee and James Wohlers have created this whimsical guide to help planners, designers and citizens understand the urban design potential inherent in watershed contexts. The pair base their creative proposals upon research and inspirations from the US and abroad, and present several compelling case studies. You, the reader, will enjoy following their characters to imagine how your streets, plazas and neighborhoods can be conceived to create places that embody multiple meanings of porosity. The Green Futures Lab is pleased to sponsor and distribute this guide, with profound thanks to the ScanlDesign Foundation for funding the internships and publication, and to Louise Grassov from Schulze + Grassov, Copenhagen, for providing guidance along the way. Enjoy imagining how your city’s public spaces can invite both water and people to infiltrate and interact, in and for, great public spaces!

Public Spaces | Public Life for North Rainier Town Center, 2010

Public Spaces | Public Life for North Rainier Town Center, 2010

Students worked in interdisciplinary teams on overall district plans for the Mount Baker neighborhood, aiming to create a robust, pedestrian-oriented business, civic and residential district.

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s Central Waterfront, 2010

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s Central Waterfront, 2010

This studio's focus was to envision an active, vibrant and multi-dimensional central waterfront that reclaims the waterfront as an ecological space, both aquatic and terrestrial.

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s Central Waterfront, 2011

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s Central Waterfront, 2011

This studio's focus was to envision an active, vibrant and multi-dimensional central waterfront that reclaims the waterfront as an ecological space, both aquatic and terrestrial.

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s South Downtown, 2008

Public Spaces | Public Life for Seattle’s South Downtown, 2008

The design studio focused on five study areas at different scales in the south downtown area of Seattle, suggesting new ideas and possibilities that aim to cultivate “life between buildings."

Public Spaces | Public Life for the University District, 2012

Public Spaces | Public Life for the University District, 2012

This studio focused on imagining an active, creative, high-performance “West of 15th” district, proposing design solutions for sites within the district with the goal of contributing to a high-functioning, just, and ecologically healthy city.

Public Spaces | Public Life: Inviting Urban Play, 2013

Public Spaces | Public Life: Inviting Urban Play, 2013

The focus of the 2013 ScanlDesign Interdisciplinary Master Studio was to imagine and propose a University District that is shaped by invitations for people of all ages to engage in physical, cultural, and intellectual play.

Re-Imagining Seattle Streets

Re-Imagining Seattle Streets

Planting strips and street edge treatments for urban green infrastructure.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways

Seattle’s Neighborhood Greenways

This booklet is meant to serve as a guide for citizens who want to imagine and promote Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle, to inspire as well as provide them with practical tools.

Shifting Gears: Cycling on Stage

Shifting Gears: Cycling on Stage

This video analyzes the mechanics of social interaction among bicyclists, then proposes design interventions to encourage such interactions.

Shifting Gears: Lessons from Copenhagen to Encourage Bicycling in the US

Shifting Gears: Lessons from Copenhagen to Encourage Bicycling in the US

A document produced with the hope of propelling cities to provide the infrastructure and programs that invite people of all ages and abilities to use bicycles to travel efficiently and economically, for environmental and personal health, and for pure pleasure.

Shifting Gears: The Race

Shifting Gears: The Race

A short video in tracking a bicyclist and motorcyclist as the navigate through north Seattle.

Stormwater Web Portal: Feasibility Study

Stormwater Web Portal: Feasibility Study

This report was generated to assess the feasibility of a potential web-based resource which would provide information on green stormwater management.

Urban Play Handbook

Urban Play Handbook

The Urban Play Handbook was conceived to assist and inspire the urban designer, civic leader and citizen activist to invent playful places and to integrate opportunities for interactive play into the public spaces of our cities.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Context: Puget Sound Waterfront Landscapes

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Context: Puget Sound Waterfront Landscapes

A document exploring the particular context of the Puget Sound as it relates to Waterfront Stormwater Solutions.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Prototypes: Town of Coupeville

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Prototypes: Town of Coupeville

A pilot Project at the Town of Coupeville is planned to test the capacity for subsurface wetlands to improve water quality along waterfronts.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Resources

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Resources

A collection of waterfront stormwater treatment resources.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Stormwater Components and Design Toolbox

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Stormwater Components and Design Toolbox

A Waterfront Stormwater Solutions design toolbox examining waterfront typologies, stormwater storage and reuse methods, and soil characteristics.

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Waterfront Stormwater Case Studies

Waterfront Stormwater Solutions | Waterfront Stormwater Case Studies

A collection of case studies of waterfront stormwater treatment sites.