500 Studio takes on Ballard Oct26


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500 Studio takes on Ballard

The Autumn 500 studio is a convergence of both three and two year students creating an exciting mixture of new and old faces. This studio, traditionally one that addresses urban planning and design questions, has taken an unconventional turn this year when professors Ann Marie Borys, Peter Cohan, Nicole Huber, and David Strauss chose the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle as the site for a proposed vocational and training college. Hitting the ground running students were immediately meeting, working and struggling with site analysis in groups culminating in a day of presentations to share our findings.inflatable water pool

Immediately, the studio was re-scrambled into four groups of 12, each charged with developing a final master plan for Vocational and Technical College with campus buildings focused on the instruction of Culinary Arts, Transportation, Building Technology and Wine and Beer Making, as well as Administrative and Learning Center Buildings.

Clearly, the campus and buildings would a profound impact on the character of Ballard and each team devised a unique approach to understanding how to use the urban planning process to positively impact the neighborhood’s vitality. Two of the Master Plans are highlighted here to demonstrate the range of responses explored the Satellite Campus, a decentralized approach and the Capacitor which is a centralized campus approach along Dock Place.


Satellite Campus Master Plan

The schools, located in these ‘in-between’ quadrants, encourage movement across the zones, providing destinations for work and play and acting as landmarks for the neighborhood.”

Satellite Campus: Linkages

Satellite Campus: Beacon Night Diagram

Satellite Campus: Student Hub and Administrative Center

Satellite Campus Credits |  Birk Daugaard, Allison Eddy,Wendy Fan, Chris Garland, Michelle Kang, Kevin Lang, Maya Leites, Jordan Lewis , Arnulfo Ramirez, Ben Maestes, Holly Schwarz, Tyrell Sullivan, and Mazohra Thami.


Capacitor Master Plan

“In the existing fabric of Ballard, there are two strong centers: the retail and residential neighborhood in the northeast, and the industrial neighborhood to the south. Surrounding Leary, the strength of each strong center dissipates. The centers themselves act independent of one another; potential synergies exist but are underutilized. These synergies constellate along Dock Lane. The school acts like a capacitor, storing energy from existing centers and moving that energy to where it is needed most.”


Capacitor: Study Area


Capacitor: Proposed Urban Strategy

Capacitor: Possible Future

Capacitor: Dock Place

Capacitor: Plan

Capacitor Campus Credits | Anton Blewett, Mackenzie Brown, Kira Connery, Marcus Crider, Michael Gilbride, Grace Kidd, Victoria Kovacs, Jeremy Pfarr, Mackenzie Waller, Joseph Wessinger, Thayer Wild, and Christopher Yee.


We are rapidly moving through the conceptual building design phase with professors Borys, Cohan, Huber, and Strauss guiding the process and will continue to reconvene with our master plan teams to integrate our individual buildings to our broader scale urban strategies.

Written by Mackenzie Waller, MArch Candidate 2013

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