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Urban Design

Plans for safer 10th/John crossing to Capitol Hill Station, Melrose enhancements make street fund cut

Some of the crosswalk design concepts being kicked around by the Melrose Promenade group<p>Two important pedestrian areas of Capitol Hill should be on a …

A look at where new I-5 lid would fit in between Capitol Hill and downtown

Scott Bonjukian (Images: CHS)<p>There are plenty of nicknames for the concrete canyon of I-5 as it bisects downtown and First Hill, particularly at Pike …

Stereoscopic GIFs Get Trippy Makeovers with Neural Network Imaging

The artistic duo The Current Sea let a neural network work its magic on 3D wiggle GIFs.<p>Stereoscopic photography, a type of primitive 3D imaging and proto-GIF, dates back to the 1800s. Also called wiggle stereoscopy, or wiggle 3D, the technique makes for some great animated GIFs. Now The Current …

Digital Art

In the Ultimate Coup, Uber Takes Over City's Mass Transit | Inc.com

At TED, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick called parking lots a terrible waste of space and car ownership an equally wasteful practice--most of the time our vehicles are sitting somewhere parked, not actually being used.<p>Now Uber is using its considerable political influence to test its vision of a …

Urban Design

City Council may decide killing Pronto is best way to save bike sharing in Seattle — UPDATE: Pronto not dead yet

<b>UPDATE 4:10 PM:</b> With a focus on creating a transportation system with a strong element of social equity and a desire to recoup Seattle’s investments …

Look How Much Better a City Can Be When It Designs for People Not Cars

Click here to view this <i>kinja-labs.com</i> embed.<p>It’s a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: “This isn’t Amsterdam.” But guess …

No parking? Self-driving cars could have a huge effect on our cities

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Mother Jones <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p><b>If you drive out</b> to visit …

Gov. Inslee astounded by Seattle tunnel contractor's decisions to stop quality control

The contractor responsible for operating the Seattle boring machine stopped doing quality control work sometime before a sinkhole opened up at the …

Seattle ‘safe lots’ to hold homeless living in vehicles

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued an emergency order Tuesday to quickly open two safe-parking sites for people living in vehicles, and members of the …

Homelessness

Tiny village aims to give Seattle's homeless a better place to live

Seattle's first "village" of small homes will soon provide a portion of the city's homeless population with electricity, hot water and a space to …

Housing

ARCKIT Home Architect

Reading Time: 4 minutes<p>ARCKIT is a set of architectural model building kits that take building design to a new level.<p>When I was in high school, I …

Lego
Pew Research Center

Here’s How The High Line’s Landscape Architects Reenvision The Office Park

James Corner Field Operations urbanizes the Navy Yard Central Green in Philadelphia with ample space for outdoor recreation.<p>If you work in the Philadelphia Navy Yard—a 1,200-acre industrial site turned office campus—your lunch break might include a game of ping pong or bocce ball. You could stretch …

Urban Design

A little tactical urbanism puts parks in streets of First Hill, test pedestrian zone on E Pike

Finding ways to make the city streets work best for residents, businesses, and the community in increasingly dense areas like First Hill and Capitol …

How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.<p>But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.<p>A …

Ecology

The Psychology Of Skyscrapers

Could living in the sky subtly influence our perspective of space, distance, and height?<p>“Living in high-rises required a special type of behavior, one that was acquiescent, restrained, perhaps even slightly mad.” So declares the protagonist (rather presciently, a producer of television …

Skyscrapers

How suburban sprawl hurts the poor

<i>This article is part of a</i> <i>series about the past, present, and future of commuting in America</i><i>.</i><p>Back in February, the Detroit Free Press detailed the plight of James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroit man who worked at a suburban injection mold factory. He rode buses for 2.5 hours to and from work, but …

Urban Design

Even the corner stores are getting into the Capitol Hill food+drink boom

It wouldn’t be the first time a scrappy Capitol Hill corner market has set its sights beyond snacks and soft drinks.<p><b>Benson’s Grocery</b>, a corner store …

The Netherlands' Solar Bike Path Is a Shining Success

The 230-foot test path covered in discreet solar panels is producing more energy than they expected<p>It's been only six months since the Netherlands made headlines with the world's first bike path covered in solar panels. But already the green idea is reaping higher-than-expected energy dividends, …

Clean Energy

Making Connections at Machu Picchu

You’ve probably seen this before.<p>It’s what everyone pictures when they think of <b>Machu Picchu</b>—the verdant network of stone terraces, temples, and open-walled houses; the soaring peaks of Huayna Picchu framing the dramatic scene.<p>When I arrived at Peru’s “lost” Inca citadel in the clouds, I was …

Meet the team building Minecraft’s most realistic cities

At first glance, aerial snapshots of Huntington City might like any other city in the U.S. The building structure, lighting, and coloration strike …

Urban Design

CHS Re:Take | A Broadway clock that tells history, not time

(Image: Rob Ketcherside 2015, Washington State Archives 1937)<p>They crossed Broadway from <b>QFC</b> hoping to get some corporate coffee or lunch from a a …

The eight principles of the sidewalk

Sidewalks are an integral part of cities and should be prioritized as a central component of people-oriented urban design. Photo by Marc …

Urban Design

Fed Up with Traffic? Want More Light Rail? Now Is the Time to Get Mad at Olympia

On March 24, Seattle suffered through another tragicomic evening of traffic gridlock when a semitruck full of frozen salmon overturned on Highway 99. …

A New Series of Water-Activated Illustrations and Games on Seattle Sidewalks Only Appear When It Rains | Colossal

<p>Famous for its notoriously rainy weather, Seattle is the perfect home for this new series of water-activated interactive artworks, illustrations, …

Volvo's glowing bike spray lights up nighttime cyclists

For thousands of cyclists, navigating the roads at night requires an almost prescient sense of awareness.<p>To tackle the problem, Volvo has come up …

How Much Sprawl Costs America

More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.<p>More and more young people are moving to urban centers because they prefer to live in walkable areas with lots of public transportation options. Still, developers are reluctant to build compact housing using this smart growth approach. But perhaps a …

6 Places Where Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians All Share the Road As Equals

The <i>woonerf</i>, or "shared street," has made its way into U.S. cities.<p>If you aren't a traffic engineer or an urban planner, the word <i>woonerf</i> probably looks like a typo, or maybe the Twitter handle of whoever runs marketing for Nerf (woo!). But you might want to get familiar with the term—Dutch for …

Seattle Council expected to OK $34 million for Pike Place Market expansion

Since Seattle’s Municipal Market Building was demolished in 1974, there have been numerous attempts to redevelop the site behind historic Pike Place …