—Seattle Design Commission selects 13 finalists
The results are in on the Seattle Design Commission’s call for ideas for vacant project sites. The response to our call was overwhelming—we had 83 entries! The ideas for how to temporarily use stalled project sites covered a broad gamut and it was clear that people had gone to amazing effort to think through and put down their ideas.
The design commissioners looked carefully at the submissions and it was very hard to narrow down the choices.
The idea of this effort is not to hand out an award and be done with it. It’s also not to give out grants for projects. Instead, we’ve asked the community to think about this problem and engage with us in finding more creative ways to deal with the issue of vacant lots; something cities are faced with all across the nation.
The 13 Finalists:
- Community Rink – street hockey, bike polo, dodge ball rink
- ParkOurPark – a parkour park
- Kaji Court – a futsal/soccer court
- Rising-Shining – a temporal light installation
- ViDea Video Performance – video projection
- Neighborhood Watch Theatre Company – multi-purpose public event space
- Blackboard Jungle – blackboards installation
- Sail Away – installation of “sails” and lighting
- Graffiti – temporary canvases for graffiti
- ViVi Traveling Cinema – film and food-mobile
- Denny Garden – transient urban farm, produce stalls, and food carts
- Surface Lot Container Garden – community food garden
- Seattle’s Sunken Stages – live, improvised, audio performances
The 13 honorary mentions:
- Phytomediating Crops – temporary urban agriculture fields
- Pieces of Eight – surround sound, site specific, musical happening
- Lux Park – climatised, vegetated, transportable bubble structure
- Urban Adventure Circuit – sports infrastructure at three sites
- Deployable Greenhouses – temporary greenhouses for elementary school kids
- Lake City Activated Landscape – flexible furnishing for skateboarding, dancing, performance
- Space.city Mobil Pavilion – to increase awareness about art, architecture, and urban space
- Shapes of Change – sculptural plywood shapes with LED lighting as urban furniture to activate space
- The Page a Day – illustration and photography used to create a neighborhood “story book”
- Seattle Photo-Themed Stand-ins – plywood stands or painted walls with Seattle specific photo ops
- Modular Approach to Building a Sustainable City – open space, gardens, gathering spaces and more
- Sculpting Social Space – shipping containers create sculpture, open space, a stage and canvas for art
- Pollinator Pathway – series of planted spaces to illustrate urban biodiversity
The results are posted on our website at www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Design_Commission/Overview/DPDS017625.asp.
We thank everyone who gave their time and talents to come up with such great ideas!
For more information, please contact :Valerie Kinast, Design Commission Coordinator
Valerie Kinast, Design Commission Coordinator
Bryan Stevens, DPD Public Information Officer