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Nothing major here. Since I’m in Seattle this week, I’d like to share a field reconnaissance site analysis I completed in 2010 for a triangular spot of public space, located in the shadow of the Seattle Monorail, called Tilikum Place Park. It’s a four-panel PDF, delivering a synopsis of the space.
It’s my favourite spot, but I don’t go there often enough. Case in point: it’s about ten minutes away by bike from where I stay, and I’ve not stopped by there yet. But it has all the hallmarks of a public space done well, done with variety, unique views, and no monotony (just monorail).
If you ever find yourself visiting Seattle and want to see some simple awesome, head thee to Tilikum Place Park. Grab some cheap suds at the 5-Point Café (facing the triangle). Also, note how a 24-hour eatery and a public space share a symbiotic relationship: the diner offers useful proprietor surveillance for the public space, and a source for patrons at the diner is the public space, which runs along the intersection of two transit corridors. It helps, of course, that there are other buildings across the street which provide some oversight on the space.
Best feature: not pretentious.
[ Download the PDF ]
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About Astrid Idlewild: Astrid (@accozzaglia) is an urban design graduate from the School of Urban Planning at McGill University (2012). She completed her HBA in Canadian and urban studies at the University of Toronto in 2009. She is a film photographer, #RIDEOCCUPYSURVIVE button fundraiser for Jenna Morrison, former bike courier, the brains behind the DenizenTO TTC subway shirts, and curator for The Kodachrome Toronto Registry. Astrid is no one-trick pony.