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What If?

A recent thought experiment for the city of Seattle regarding green roofs. Consider the image above. Let us highlight the area we are looking at, a green roof off of 1st and Union in downtown Seattle, Washington. Now, the question I asked myself was, “Why would you settle for just a patch of green when you could have a system of living networks right outside your stoop?” Pushing the envelope further, “What if Seattle converted all the rooftops in the inner city into green roofs?”

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YOUR CITY outside

As some of you know, I am an active volunteer through the AIA Seattle Design Committee, whose purpose is to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, and foster a collaborative spirit between architects and the broader design community. Wednesday, February 17th at 4 pm, we will be kicking off our first of four Design Salons for 2010. This year’s topic focuses on the future of Seattle’s urban spaces. Like the 70’s movie “Powers of 10,” we will be moving from a large urban scale down to the nitty gritty details of design in Seattle. The events will be held at the Henrybuilt with a culminating event at a to be determined venue.

Our first event will address YOUR CITY outside with recent Department of Planning head Raymond Gastil and renowned local landscape architect Shannon Nichol of GGN. Both of them will be discussing their ideas, impressions, and passions for the transformation of Seattle’s urban spaces, and the city as a whole. Each speaker will present a twenty minute presentation followed by an hour and a half of dialog and discussion with the audience.

Each Design Salon will parallel our Book Salon series, where the discussion can dive a little bit deeper into each topic. In the next few days dialog will be announcing their first book as well as the time and place of the Book Salons so please stay tuned for more information!

For more information, please visit dialog or take a look at the flier below. I am super excited and hopefully you can join us in the lively debate!

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2030 Seattle

I believe in a better Seattle.

I believe in a city of overlapping uses. Where service corridors are more than just alleys lined with trash cans. I see these places being the most active and attractive city destinations.

I believe in a city where mass transit is dominant over single occupancy vehicles. Light rail lines the Puget Sound dotted with stops in the heart of communities that I can visit on the weekend with family and friends.

I believe blue is the new green. I want to live in a city where water is captured, recycled, purified and used in smarter ways.

I believe in a city where the buildings produce more energy than they consume. I want to live in a city that continues to work toward a carbon neutral infrastructure, advances LEED standards and considers the possibilities of living building.

I believe in a better 2030 Seattle.

What do you believe? Let me and the Department of Planning and Development know by either throwing down a comment below or submitting your own words 150 or less to DPD_CompPlan2030Vision@seattle.gov. Let your voice be heard and continue the dialog…

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