Published April 16, 2007
by Miao-Mei Pasutti
Location: SW Alaska St. + California Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98116
What is ‘the urban,’ the urban is not a certain population, a geographic size, or a collection of buildings. This case study explores the information behind a bus shelter located in West Seattle by looking around at the benches, trash cans, ads, paintings on the shelter, the bus stops, the bus schedules and transfer tickets. These micro-scale streetscapes reveal landscapes of power in historical, urban and cultural contexts, which surrounds in our everyday life that is difficult to decode due to its fundamental ambiguity.
Everyday Urbanism is non-utopian or atopian, conversational, and non-structuralist. It is non-utopian because it celebrates and builds on everyday, ordinary life and reality, with little pretense about the possibility of a perfectible, tidy or ideal built environment.
Form and function are seen to be connected in a very loose way that highlights culture more than design as a determinant of behavior. Vernacular and street architecture in vibrant, ethnic neighborhoods are held up as one instructive model or a point of departure.
Published April 16, 2007
by Garrett Charlson
Location: Multiple Locations. Primary Location for Study: 3rd and Columbia
For my Seattle Micro-Urbanism Case Study I chose to analyze how a news paper stand fits into the complexities and activities of our daily lives. News stands are commonplace throughout the city, found near bus stops and coffee shops, or just about anywhere there is a place to sit and relax. Throughout pioneer square and along the main avenues downtown where the buses run (i.e. 3rd and 5th avenues) one will encounter these upright standing, immobile news boys on nearly every corner. The common characteristics of these sites is a grouping of news paper dispensers, most commonly dispensing the Seattle Times, Seattle PI, New York Times and USA Today, and less often the Stranger, Little Nickel, Computer User, Apartment Finder and Apartments for Rent. The news stands come in two basic types: padlocked and steel constructed models that require money to operate and high density plastic models that generally offer free publications. Generally, the location of these dispensers is dictated by the amount of foot-traffic that the particular area receives. The higher the amount of foot traffic, the more news paper stands one will find. Often times, the most stands are located at high activity nodes where one encounter’s the highest density of people in the city.
Published April 15, 2007
by Arnold Altuna
Location: Bitter Lake Park, Green Lake Park, Gas Works Park
In exploring what micro urbanism was I thought to my self about how much green space is in the urban neighborhoods of Seattle. How these parks in the urban neighborhood support the city in its growth. It provides a place where you can get away from the urban city. I choose benches as my main subject because it was the common connection in built structure that was in all three parks. I wanted to focus on the different uses of the benches. Why are the people in the neighborhood so drawn to these parks? What makes these benches a good sitting space, and how the climate might affect the uses of the benches?