Urban Clues along the Burke-Gilman

by Eric Streeby

Location: 15th Avenue and Pacific Street

Along a 3.5 mile stretch of the Burke Gilman Trail that extends from the intersection of 15th Avenue and Pacific Street on the west end of the UW campus to a location 2.5 miles north of the UW Intramural Activity Center, a careful observer can identify numerous small-scale human alterations to the landscape. This collection of small-scale interventions takes the form of stickers, spray-painted stencils, and artifacts. These artifacts, when examined as a whole, can be seen as examples of everyday urbanism, landscape narrative, and a landscape of events.

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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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