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The Green Futures Lab uses design as a method to research potential practices for a greener future.


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PLANNING & DESIGN

Public Spaces | Public Life
The GFL worked with Gehl Architects of Copenhagen to evaluate and make recommendations for a more pedestrian-friendly Seattle. The lab is assisted in the data collection and, with the support of the Scan|Design Foudation and the International Sustainability Institute, integrated a UW studio with the city-sponsored project.
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Regional Open Space Strategy
The Bullitt Foundation has provided funding for the GFL and the Northwest Center for Livable Communities (NWCLC), to develop a Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) that will identify measures to conserve and enhance open space systems that contribute to the ecological, economic, recreational and aesthetic vitality of our region. As envisioned, the ROSS will include portions of King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap County in the Puget Sound Basin. This summer’s efforts will focus on a portion of the Cedar River watershed as a case study to identify the techniques and procedures for subsequent phases.
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Open Space Seattle 2100: Envisioning Seattle's Green Future
This collaborative project asked leaders from civic, environmental, business and community groups to create a comprehensive open space plan to guide Seattle's urban development over the next 100 years. It included a city-wide design charrette with 23 teams led by local professionals and UW students. The 200-page final report documented visions and strategies from the charrette, including possibilities for an interconnected pedestrian and bicycle network and linked green spaces. The project received a 2007 Honor Award for Analysis and Planning by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Our comprehensive planning effort inspired the City of San Francisco to replicate our visioning process to help ensure exceptional open space and quality of urban life throughout the city. For more information, visit Open Space San Fransisco.
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Reimagining Seattle Streets: Prototypes for Green Street Edges & Parking Strips
A client-sponsored project for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), this effort engaged students, government and the community in the design of prototypes for resource conservation on Seattle street edges. Students worked with community members to develop street-edge strategies that included bicycle lanes, reconfiguration of sidewalks and crossings for better safety, and enhancement of parking strips to provide community spaces, stormwater control, water conservation and connected habitat. Precedent images of successful practices and designs for these "green infrastructure" units are documented in a report to be published by SPU.
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Lake Forest Park 100-Year Legacy Plan
As a member of a professional consulting team, the Green Futures Lab led the public process for developing a 100-year green infrastructure plan for the community of Lake Forest Park. The Lab facilitated a Green Infrastructure Festival to solicit community input, a Green Legacy Design Charrette to engage the public in planning their green infrastructure and a Public Forum to prioritize projects for funding and implementation.
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