StoreFront Studio

December 6, 2009

Des Moines – Masterplan

SPRING 2008 Objectives 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

Des Moines – Marine View Drive

SPRING 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…

Des Moines – QFC Before 1


Des Moines – QFC After 1


Des Moines – QFC Before 2


Des Moines – QFC After 2


Des Moines – Theater Block A


Des Moines – Theater Block B


Des Moines – Theatre Block C


Des Moines – Theater Block D


Des Moines – 227 Plan

SPRING 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

Proposed Plaza

Des Moines – 223rd Plan

SPRING 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…

Des Moines – Here Be Monsters

Proposed Public Art Along 223rd Street

Des Moines – Hill Climb Before


Des Moines – Hill Climb After


Des Moines – Marina Plan

SPRING 2008 Marina 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


Des Moines – Marina Proposed A


Des Moines – 223 After


Des Moines – Public Art

SPRING 2008 Public Art Public art will serve as iconic and historical references throughout Des Moines.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


Des Moines – Public Art 2


Des Moines – PDF

SPRING 2008 Project Book Please click here to view the complete Des Moines document.

Des Moines – Media

SPRING 2008 Media 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

December 4, 2009

Goldendale – Master Plan

SUMMER 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

SUMMER 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

Goldendale – Awning B

Goldendale – Icons

SUMMER 2009 Icons 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

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…

Goldendale – Icons B

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…

Goldendale – Icons C

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…

Goldendale – Elevation Study

SUMMER 2009 Elevation Study The studio examined the existing elevations to locate issues areas for enhancement.

Goldendale – Elevation A Existing


Goldendale – Elevation A Proposed


Goldendale – Elevation B Existing


Goldendale – Elevation B Proposed


Goldendale – Elevation C Existing


Goldendale – Elevation C Proposed


Goldendale – Elevation D Existing


Goldendale – Elevation D Proposed


Goldendale – Bike Paths and Historic Homes

SUMMER 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…

Goldendale – Bike Existing


Goldendale – Bike Proposed


Goldendale – Open Space

SUMMER 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

SUMMER 2009 Landscape 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…

Goldendale – PDF

SUMMER 2009 Document Book Please click here to view the complete Goldendale document.