Archive for February, 2010

Auburn – Introduction

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Introduction


Storefront Studio hosted a series of public open houses, exhibits and information exchanges to develop a visual analysis of Auburn’s historic Main Street.  Through archival research, photographic documentation and digital collages the students generated before-and-after streetscapes and individual building renovation proposals.

Auburn – Proposed 1

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Auburn – Proposed 2

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Auburn – Proposed 3

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Auburn – Guidelines Intro

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Guidelines


The vision for Main Street that was generated in the first phase of this project was condensed into a proposed set of Design Guidelines for Downtown Auburn.  These guidelines have the dual goal of maintaining the existing historic character of the pedestrian oriented Main Street while encouraging new development.  They are proposed as a tool for the community to use to guide historic building renovation, new construction and to assist in the development and implementation of design standards for the city’s recently designated urban center.

Auburn – Guidelines 1

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Auburn – Guidelines 2

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Main Street to Retain Continuous Street Wall

Auburn – Guidelines 3

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Retain Retail Frontage That Maintains Historic Parcel Width

Auburn – Guidelines 4

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Retain Historic Window Divisions and Transparent Ground Floor on Main Street

Auburn – Guidelines 5

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Provide Pedestrian Weather Protection with Historic Canopies and Awnings

Auburn – Guidelines PDF

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Guideline Document


Please click here to view the complete Auburn Guideline document.

University Way – Mapping Introduction

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Mapping


A preliminary mapping exercise was used to understand the existing assets of University Way, commonly referred to as The Ave.  The mapping identified social conditions, physical conditions and historical conditions found within the site.

University Way – Mapping 1

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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University Way – Mapping 2

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University Way – Mapping 3

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University Way – Mapping 4

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University Way – Proposed Introduction

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Proposed


Once analysis was done to the site, a series of design proposals were created.

University Way – Proposed 1

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University Way – Proposed 2

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University Way – Proposed 3

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University Way – Proposed 4

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University Way – Proposed 5

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University Way – Proposed 6

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University Way – Proposed 7

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University Way – Proposed 8

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University Way – YMCA

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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YMCA


In a studio design build project and existing entry barrier was replaced with open shelving and gates.  The shelving is open backed to allow light to pass and is used to organize and replace several existing newspaper and brochure racks.  The layout is shaped to improve the flow and eddy of the circulation.  The front desk was resurfaced, new flooring, and painted walls completed the two week project.

University Way – YMCA 1

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University Way – YMCA 2

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University Way – YMCA 3

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University Way – The Ave Introduction

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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The Ave Street Corner


How to Change a Street Corner in 7 Days


Wednesday 1 pm: Phone Call.  Go.

Thursday 9 am – 5 pm: Contact Printers. Get Pricing. Measure Facade.

Friday 3 pm: Secure Funding.  Select Printer.

Saturday 8 am – 11 am: Photograph the Color and Life of The Ave. 2pm: Selected Photos. Develop Ideas.

Sunday 2 pm: Discuss Several Preliminary Designs.

Monday 4 pm: Present Final Design to City.  9 pm: Send Digital Files to Printer.

Tuesday 10 am: Approve Printer Mock Up.  Printer Prints Mural.

Wednesday 8 am – 5 pm: Printer Prints Mural.

Thursday 8 am – 4 pm: Install Mural

University Way – The Ave 1

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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University Way – The Ave 2

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University Way – The Ave 3

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University Way – The Ave 4

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University Way – Media

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Media


Architecture Students to Help Give The Ave a Makeover – UW News


UW Students Help Get The Ave Ready For Face Lift – Seattle PI (July 5, 2003)


Storefront Studio – UW Regional Affairs

White Center – Asset Map

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Introduction


The entire Main-Street ensemble of buildings is White Center’s principle asset.  Within the general streetscape, there are pivotal buildings representing different periods of White Center’s history, but it is the collective portrait of small town Main-Street with its low commercial fronts, continuous pedestrian awnings, storefront windows and drive-up angle parking that recall a prototypical, small American town of the west.  This framework of Americana is animated through the vital blood of diverse cultures.  As development pressures occur through new housing initiatives, annexation efforts and economic revitalization, this small town feel is White Center’s prime asset.

White Center – Elevation 1

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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White Center – Elevation 2

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White Center – Elevation 3

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White Center – Elevation 4

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White Center – Elevation 5

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White Center – Existing and Proposed Introduction

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Proposed


Once analysis was done to the site, a series of design proposals were created.

White Center – Existing 1

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White Center – Proposed 1

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White Center – Proposed 2

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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White Center – Existing Banner

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Existing

White Center – Proposed Banner

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Proposed

White Center – Completed Banner

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Completed

White Center – Event Posters Introduction

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Event Posters


Storefront Studio proposed a series of events for the White Center Community.  These events were realized in poster form to bring attention to communities assets.

White Center – Event Poster 1

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White Center – Event Poster 2

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White Center – Guidelines Introduction

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to promote the commercial district of White Center as a viable place for business opportunities while retaining notable historic and cultural aspects comprising its small-town, mainstreet character.  These concepts directly relate to the goal of economic revitalization set forth by the Resident Leadership Committee and the White Center Community Development Investment Plan.  The information contained within this text is a compilation of various documents regarding the development of White Center combined with six months of ‘street level’ research and analysis.

White Center – Guidelines 1

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Whitecenter – Guidelines 2

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White Center – Guidelines 3

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White Center – Guidelines 4

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White Center – Guidelines PDF

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Guideline Document


Please click here to view the complete White Center Guideline document.

Renton – Recycle Introduction

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Recycle Repair Reweave


Renton’s old city hall revisioned from a civic space to a civic draw.  Through re-use of existing buildings as generators for economic and community growth, the unique character of Renton is preserved while fostering additional development.


Identify and Utilize Existing Assets

“Renton already has a lot going for it downtown.  It has Cedar River and its riverside trail.  It has parks and lots of alleys which are an asset because they have a human scale.  As students, we came to the city not knowing anything about it.  We were really impressed by what we found.” – UW Storefront Studio student Ian Means

Renton – Recycle Board 1

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Renton – Recycle Board 2

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Renton – Recycle Board 3

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Renton – Recycle Board 4

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Renton – Repair Introduction

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Recycle Repair Reweave


The activation of existing interior courtyards in the “Old Town” downtown can be realized through collaboration between the city, businesses, and property owners.  Economics uses include farmers market, outdoor movies, and exterior dining.


Maintain Positive Assets, Both Physical and Social

“The most amazing thing that I have noticed in Renton is the presence of hidden courtyards.  What appeared to be a crack in the wall, turned into the entrance to a very small, but tastefully organized, playground for kids.” – UW Storefront Studio student Marijana Misic

Renton – Repair Board 1

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Renton – Repair Board 2

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Renton – Repair Board 3

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Renton – Repair Board 4

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Renton – Reweave Introduction

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Recycle Repair Reweave


Developing linkages between assets generates an integrated city center and vital downtown hub.  Extending existing predestrian trails connects Renton’s historic core to the Ikea Performing Arts Center, riverfront, Sound Transit, and public transportation.


Improve Assets Incrementally

“We’ve worked hard to revitalize the downtown core…the community will see how downtown Renton can preserve its assets and character, connect a colorful and historic past with the economic growth and cultural diversity of the present, and revitalize and reinforce the sense of place and community in downtown Renton.” – Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker-Wheeler

Renton – Reweave Board 1

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Renton – Reweave Board 2

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Renton – Reweave Board 3

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Renton – Reweave Board 4

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Skyway – Introduction

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Analysis


The current parking and circulation strategy in the northern portion of Skyway has an inefficient use of space due to incremental development.  Entrances are vague as wall as proerty lines and bordes, and the power line right of way is not acknowledged in the present arrangement.  Our goal is to turn this liability into an asset by maximizing parking efficiency and accessibility.

Skyway – Plan/Analysis

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Skyway – Plan/Solution

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Skyway – Realization

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Skyway – Plan/Realization2

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Skyway – Proposal Introduction

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Proposal


Once analysis was done to the site, a series of design proposals were created.

Skyway – Proposal 1

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Skyway – Proposal 2

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Skyway – Proposal 3

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Skyway – Park

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Park Proposal


Storefront Studio proposes a park located within Skyway for the residents to enjoy and engage.  A proposed playground and skate park will work with the existing contours of the current landscape.

Skyway – Park 1

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Skyway – Park 2

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Skyway – Park 3

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Seiku – Introduction

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Introduction


In the summer of 2009, Storefront Studio examined the existing assets of the Clallam Bay/Seiku communities.  The studio identified three areas in which to enhance:


1.  Welcome Park – Clallam Bay


2.  Downtown Bay – Clallam Bay


3.  Front Street Park – Seiku

Seiku – Open House 1

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Open House

Seiku – Open House 2

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Open House

Seiku – Open House 3

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Open House

Seiku – Welcome Park Introduction

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Welcome Park/Clallam Bay


There are two strategies employed in this proposal:


1.  Take advantage of the existing use of the pathway between the school and the deli.  Provide covered and uncovered seating for pedestrians.


2.  Introduce a new planting strategy that will provide long term, low maintenance beauty to the site while addressing drainage issues regarding the path.

Seiku – Site Plan

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Site Plan

Seiku – Planting Plan

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Planting Plan

Seiku – Elevation 1

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Elevation

Seiku – Elevation 2

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Elevation

Seiku – Section

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Section

Seiku – Proposed

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Seiku – Downtown Gateway Introduction

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Downtown Gateway/Clallam Bay


Signs and sculptures on a constellation of sites coordinate to create a landmark gateway corner leading to the adjacent waterfront.  The sits collectively act as way finding markers, interactive public art and interpretive exhibits.

Seiku – Whale Statue

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Seiku – Fence Image

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Seiku – Fence Construction Document

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Fence Elevation