Keepin’ It Weird: Vashon Storefront Studio 2012 May08


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Keepin’ It Weird: Vashon Storefront Studio 2012

As part of the continuing series of studios, the Vashon Storefront studio takes the level of community involvement to the next level. Over a series of weekends and day trips, students have met with locals to investigate projects that are truly beneficial for Vashon Island. The studio works closely with the King County Historic Preservationists and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce to develop the economy, preserve history and support the community.

This notion of “island living” has become clearer to those of us from big cities and landed communities. It is a phenomenon that we have begun to understand through our efforts with the community. “Keep Vashon Weird,” a local bumper sticker, is a perfect example of the opportunities for working so closely with the island residents.

Working through various forms of social media and face to face connections people have told us that we are hitting the nail on the head. The projects chosen are relevant and beneficial to this small community. The close to 20 different projects range in scale and flavor. From local artist collaboration on street furniture, to the converting of an old K2 ski factory into a community center; there is a project to suit any style.

Working on multiple projects at once rather than one big studio final is a refreshing change for our Senior Spring quarter. It is also more like real architecture practice and is a good transition for us to the working world.

If you would like to find out more about what we are doing check out our Facebook page at

The Studio Group in front of the local farmers market: one of our design projects

Lisa Healy doing some asset mapping of a historic barn on the island

Our second open house showing our designs for the close to 20 projects

A welcoming cartoon in the local newspaper: The Vashon-Maury Is. Beachcomber May 1st 2012

The Studio Touring potential projects

Written by Alexander Thomson, BA in Architectural Studies Candidate 2012

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