Archive for December, 2009

Des Moines – Masterplan

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

1. masterplanSPRING 2008


The studio objectives include the treatment of Marine View Drive as a traditional ‘Main Street’, generating pedestrian activity at the waterfront, reinforcing the  historic theater block and emphasizing the character of Des Moines by public artwork installations.

Des Moines – Area Plan

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Des Moines – Marine View Drive

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3.0qfcplanSPRING 2008

Marine View Drive

The first set of images reflect the mural along the blank wall of the QFC.  The mural depicts a ship from the mosquito fleet, while a wooden boardwalk attempts to bring a pier-like experience to downtown Des Moines.  The second set of images shows revisions to Big Catch Plaza.  The plaza will be recognized as a welcoming spaced framed by one story retail buildings, which maintain the view to QFC through glazing on both sides.  The theater block was examined to provide facade enhancements.

Des Moines – QFC Before 1

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3.1.qfc before TEXT


Des Moines – QFC After 1

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3.2.qfc after


Des Moines – QFC Before 2

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4.1.qfc before


Des Moines – QFC After 2

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4.2 qfc after


Des Moines – Theater Block A

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Des Moines – Theater Block B

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Des Moines – Theatre Block C

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Des Moines – Theater Block D

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Des Moines – 227 Plan

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

7.227-master-planSPRING 2008

227th Street

The 227th and Marine View Drive intersection shows potential for enhanced experiences of Des Moines, for both vehicular traffic entering downtown from south and future pedstrians.  This proposal shows closed street and consolidated properties, paved public plaza, public art as water feature, outdoor seating with view of marina and landscaping.

Des Moines – Proposed Plaza

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8. proposed fountain plaza

Proposed Plaza

Des Moines – 223rd Plan

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

8.1_223rdplanSPRING 2008

223rd Street

The 223rd Street is seen as an important connection between Marine View Drive and the waterfront.  There is an uninterrupted visual axis down 223rd Street to the water, directly on axis with the terminus of the sea wall.  The pedestrian experience can be enhanced by including ground level retail, providing continuous sidewalks and greenery, and adding public art sculptures that draw pedestrians along 223rd Street.

Des Moines – Here Be Monsters

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9. here be monsters

Proposed Public Art Along 223rd Street

Des Moines – Hill Climb Before

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10.1 hill climb before


Des Moines – Hill Climb After

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10.2 hill climb afterProposed

Des Moines – Marina Plan

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

11.0marinaplanSPRING 2008


The marina is one of Des Moines greatest assets.  Goals include: connecting park activities to marina activity, increasing community use of marina, integrating public art to landscape, providing more green to the area, introducing community activity generators and suggesting multi-purpose parking spaces that enhance daily life and functions well for special occasions.

Des Moines – Marina Before A

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11.1 marina beforeExisting

Des Moines – Marina Proposed A

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11.2 marina afterProposed

Des Moines – 223 After

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12. 223 afterProposed

Des Moines – Public Art

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

13.0publicartplanSPRING 2008

Public Art

Public art will serve as iconic and historical references throughout Des Moines.  These pieces will capture the attention of pedestrians and encourage gathering spaces throughout the site.

Des Moines – Public Art 1

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Des Moines – Public Art 2

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Des Moines – PDF

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Project Book

Please click here to view the complete Des Moines document.

Des Moines – Media

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Des Moines Has Ambitious Plans From UW Students For A Virtual Makeover Of Its Marina and Downtown: The Seattle Times – July 8, 2008

Des Moines City Council Meeting Presentation: July 17, 2008

Des Moines City Council Question and Answers: July 17, 2008

Goldendale – Master Plan

Friday, December 4th, 2009

1.master planSUMMER 2009

Project Overview

Goldendale’s historic downtown district is central to discussions on sustainable development.  The historic Main Street represents the communities most significant investment of commercial and public infrastructure and defines Goldendale’s physical center.  By focusing on its unique and authentic downtown, Goldendale can build effective strategies for developing its identity, economy and community.

Goldendale – Historical Photo

Friday, December 4th, 2009

1.2. Historical PhotoSUMMER 2009

Awning Analysis

This historic photograph illustrated the period of time when fixed awnings were predominate in Goldendale.  These awnings maintain the open transom windows and provide for a variety of signage.  This excellent reference serves as an ideal representation of the preferred precedent for the future guidelines.

Goldendale – Awning A

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1.3 Awning A

Goldendale – Awning B

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1.3 Awning B

Goldendale – Icons

Friday, December 4th, 2009

2.1iconsSUMMER 2009


The following illustrated examples display strategies that respond to issues specific to downtown and Main Street.  Although they focus on illustrating downtown revitalization, the strategies engage holistic notions for Goldendale’s overall economic development and sustainability.

Goldendale – Icons A

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Repairs and Renovation (left) Opportunities to repair and replace degrading structural elements and deteriorating facade treatments can encourage more activity along the street.  This strategy addresses issues of general up-keep, as well as the preservation and restoration of the historic building inventory.

Signage (center) This strategy addresses the importance of business identity and what a particular building offers the community.  Historical signage precedents in the community, illustrate several time periods that show appropriate aesthetic options for present day Goldendale.

Wayfinding (right) Wayfinding provides signage and orientation points for the pedestrian on the ground making it clear where they are and how to get to the next identified amenity.  This makes the assets of a community accessible and available.

Goldendale – Icons B

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Recycling (left) Waste receptacles and recycling containers located strategically throughout downtown help to keep the street clean.  When repeated at strategic locations, this street amenity reinforces Goldendale’s commitment to taking care of its public space.

Seating (center) This strategy addresses the importance of providing places to sit down, rest, and observe what else is going on downtown.  Sitting provides an opportunity to turn public open space into social community space for minimal costs and helps enourage pedestrians and varying levels of community interaction.

Vegetation (right) Trees and other vegetation organiza, provide shade and protection, and re-introduce natural beauty to downtown.  This strategy seeks to create character and visual connecting along the length of Main Street by using vegetation to create spaces and linkages between them.

Goldendale – Icons C

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Lighting (left) Pedestrian scale lighting in addition to street lighting provides a sense character in both day and night that helps to give cohesiveness to the street.  This strategy also seeks to give life to the street after dark and illustrate opportunities to use light on buildings that calls attention to specific things like signage and building entries, while maintaining dark sky compliance.

Public Art (center) Public artwork can come in many forms, from statues, to murals, coordinating with other strategies like lighting, signage and wayfinding.  Public art can illustrate Goldendale’s identity by incorporating local history and culture into downtown.

Biking (right) Goldendale’s size and flat topography in town make it ideal to encourage bicycling instead of driving around town.  This can be done simply by providing places to park and lock bikes.

Goldendale – Elevation Study

Friday, December 4th, 2009

3.0elevationstudySUMMER 2009

Elevation Study

The studio examined the existing elevations to locate issues areas for enhancement.

Goldendale – Elevation A Existing

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3.1. elevation a beforeExisting

Goldendale – Elevation A Proposed

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3.2. elevation a afterProposed

Goldendale – Elevation B Existing

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4.1. elevation b beforeExisting

Goldendale – Elevation B Proposed

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4.2.elevation b afterProposed

Goldendale – Elevation C Existing

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5.1.elevation c before


Goldendale – Elevation C Proposed

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5.2.elevation c afterProposed

Goldendale – Elevation D Existing

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6.2.elevation d beforeExisting

Goldendale – Elevation D Proposed

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6.1.elevation d afterProposed

Goldendale – Bike Paths and Historic Homes

Friday, December 4th, 2009

7.bikeSUMMER 2009

Bike Paths and Historic Homes

The historic homes tour is an excellent network in place that Goldendale can build upon to engage the use of bicycles, promoting a pedestrian and bike friendly, walkable downtown.  This can occur both as a means to promote the tour, and as daily transportation for citizens of the community.

Goldendale – Bike Existing

Friday, December 4th, 2009 beforeExisting

Goldendale – Bike Proposed

Friday, December 4th, 2009 afterProposed

Goldendale – Open Space

Friday, December 4th, 2009 spaceSUMMER 2009

Open Space Network

Temporary open spaces downtown should be taken advantage of for public uses.  Vacant lots can be used for farmer markets, art walks, cinema under the starts, and other similar activities that engage the local community.  Spaces can be defined simply and cheaply through planting strategies and careful path making.

Goldendale – Landscape

Friday, December 4th, 2009

9.landscapeSUMMER 2009


Trees can be planted on the edge of the existing sidewalk creating new destinations for people to sit, and to organize other street furniture such as bike parking, garbage, and recycling.  By providing shade and a landscape plan, Main Street can become significant public amenities that encourage people to get out of their cars in order to walk or bike.

Goldendale – PDF

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Document Book

Please click here to view the complete Goldendale document.