Rhythms of Everyday Intersections

by Christine Plourde

Location: University Way NE and NE 42nd Street

The intersection of University Way NE and NE 42nd Street in the Universtiy District is a collection of rhythms of sound, vision, scent and movement during an early Sunday afternoon. This intersection is used highly by pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. Both streets are two lanes wide. The area studied is defined by the distance from the intersection where pedestrians approaching the intersection begin to take their actions into consideration; therefore it is a fluctuating boundary based on individual attention to changing colors of lights

In this project I explore how this intersection in the University District relates and is integral to the greater urban landscapes. Drawing from articles that address what defines and make up the urban experience I describe the importance of such an often over looked space. The events that occur in this intersection are what define the urban experience, not the place itself. Intersections are sources of rhythm of movement and emotion in the city. They are places where people come together in various forms and interact with each other. Intersections have great future potential for design and planning to use as sources social interaction.

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