Aerial overview of conceptual ideas for the new Waterfront, looking North
We reported back in September 2010, James Corner Field Operations has been selected to design Waterfront Seattle by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT after beating out Wallace Roberts and Todd, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Recently the first designs for the Waterfront Seattle have been unveiled which creates an unparalleled opportunity to reorientconnect Seattle with Elliott Bay, and reclaim our waterfront as a public space for the entire city.
Seattle-based SvR is currently leading the design and engineering of the innovative Bell Street Park, a 3-block hybrid of park activities and street functions. The project will give an outdoorliving room to residents of Belltown, one of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods, while accommodating auto, bus, bicycle, and emergency vehicle access.
James Corner Field Operations has been selected by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT, who went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm. The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.
The four shortlisted finalists for the project included
Wallace Roberts and Todd
james corner field operations
Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations were selected for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.
The process is expected to take 8 years with conceptual design with the team and city planning many public forums leading to a conceptual design in 2012, followed by a final design in 2015 and construction by 2018.
The 2 hours of presentations from the final four finalists and their PPT files are available at SDOT
Last week the City of Seattle announced the shortlist of finalists for the role of lead designer. The four shortlisted teams are led by the following firms:
- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
- James Corner Field Operations
- Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
- Wallace Roberts & Todd
The shortlist was established through careful consideration of Statements of Qualifications submitted by 30 teams for the project. The team ultimately selected by the City will lead a design process for more than nine acres of new waterfront public space and a new surface street on Alaskan Way.
Public Presentations will be made by the design teams on September 15. More information
The White House launched the Office of Urban Affairs website including a blog and Innovations and Ideas page where US citizens can submit ideas and best practices. This is a follow up to the Urban Tour which included 9 city centers and the Inter-Agency working group on urban policy.
The OUA blog states that the launch of the website is to
This effort is an important addition to our ongoing conversation on the Future of America’s Cities and Metropolitan Areas. We have already met with many urban stakeholders, elected officials, and academics; and we’ve been around the country visiting places that are on the cutting edge of urban innovation. But today we are establishing a more direct relationship with you – the American people. You are the ones that are innovating every single day – you are the innovators. You tackle government bureaucracy with creativity and leadership; you overcome a slow economy with public-private partnerships; and you turn distressed neighborhoods around with determination, hope and, above all, hard work.
The President knows that government doesn’t have all the answers. He knows that the best solutions come from you in places like Auburn Gresham in Chicago, South Lake Union in Seattle, and the small city of Flagstaff, Arizona – just to name a few. We know there are many more out there and we want you to share them with us.