Final Review : METROpolis 2030 Aug17


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Final Review : METROpolis 2030

The METROpolis 2030 Architecture 403/506 summer design studio conducted its final review on Monday, August 15 in Architecture Hall.  Critics included Susan Busch of  Hewitt Architects,  Alan Hart of VIA Architecture, departmental chair David Miller of Miller/Hull, Jeffrey Ochsner of the UW architecture faculty, Mark Ward of Urbanadd and David Blum from King County Metro Transit.

In a mere eight weeks (only six of which were actual design time) studio participants took on a 36,000 square foot site (about four Seattle city blocks) adjacent to the Sound Transit Link light rail station, which will be completed in 2021, on what is now the King County Metro Northgate Transit Center.  Projects addressed the relationship between rail, bus, car, bicycle and pedestrian movement (including a proposed pedestrian bridge across I-5 to North Seattle Community College) while incorporating roughly 1,000 units of housing, commercial office space, retail and community spaces on the site.  The final week of the studio entails the documentation of the work, which will be distributed to King County Metro planners, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, political decision-makers and other stakeholders in the project.

The studio collaborated with King County Metro planners and local professionals with interest in the project and builds upon last summer’s studio effort, the results of which were included in the county’s successful $1 million HUD grant application to explore forward looking transit oriented development strategies nationwide.  The program brief encouraged proposals that promote a strong vision for Northgate Transit Oriented Development, while, at the same time, address the reality of conditions on the ground.   While the physical, social, economic and political conditions at Northgate are challenging, the potential for a fundamental and very visible urban transformation are arguably more substantial here than anywhere else in the city at this point in time.  This is a tremendous opportunity to explore one of the grand challenges of today, not only as an academic exercise, but as a ‘real world’ project with potential civic benefit.

Mohammed Alagouz

Jennifer LaBerge



Zachary Veach



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