Combining Art, Nature and Commerce

by Dan Jones

Location: Intersection of 78th Ave SE and SE 28th St. Mercer Island, WA 98040

There are many aspects of my selected site that make it a good example of an urban landscape. To start off, it is home to a wide range of people and commuters. Though this space focuses around a three way intersection for cars, there are many other forms of transportation utilized within this site including walking, bike riding, and skateboarding, all of these can be seen in my pictures. I recently traveled back to the site for further evaluation and noticed a wheal chair ramp to assist people in wheal chairs to get from the sidewalk above to McDonalds outdoor seating area. As well as the wide range of accessibility to this site, there are also many features that make it a place for people to not just travel through, but stop and stay a while. There is an abundance of benches and seating areas surrounding this intersection. People could sit down if they are tired, or just sit and enjoy the area. Some of these benches are actually incorporated into the artwork and landscape of the site, creating the borders around planters and platforms for artwork. In addition to the fluid atmosphere, seating areas, artwork and plants, the buildings around the site are made up of a variety of shops, restaurants and apartments allowing pedestrians to easily walk form their home to these businesses through this site.

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Micro Urbanism

The term “micro-urbanism” describes small-scale urban spaces and design interventions that enable a wide variety of activities, events, processes and functions to take place. It also involves ways to reinterpret the urban landscape. As a class project, the purpose for creating this Guide is to bring attention to aspects of our everyday environment that are important but often neglected parts of the urban experiences.

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