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Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition for Public Space | Finalist Presentations

What might happen at Seattle Center when Memorial Stadium goes away?  Are there imaginative and unique uses for a large urban park?  What is the Jelly Bean and why is it floating next to the Space Needle?

Join us Friday, May 11, for presentations by the finalists of a design competition, Urban Intervention, that explores the future of Seattle Center and public space. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets should be reserved in advance.

Urban Intervention invited designers to conceive a fresh vision of environmental, social and economic opportunities on and beyond a nine-acre site at the heart of Seattle Center.  107 entrants from 24 countries entered designs.  The proposals harnessed Seattle’s history of innovation and civic engagement to I nspire the next generation of great public spaces.  


ABF (France) for their design, In-Closure. The design envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.

KoningEizenberg Architecture + ARUP (United States) for their design, Park. The design organizes the disparate elements of the Seattle Center site and program into a sustainable and coherent landscape. It offers a mastery of the immediate and physical and programmatic challenges facing Seattle Center.

PRAUD (United States) for their design, Seattle Jelly Bean. The design is highly imaginative, and suggests a new kind of icon for the 21st century, an atmospheric and interactive cloud that is tethered both literally and figuratively to the site below.


Tom Leader, landscape architect, Tom Leader Studio, Berkeley, CA
Mia Lehrer, landscape architect, Lehrer+Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Rick Lowe, public artist, activist, founder of Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Patricia Patkau, architect, Patkau Architects, Vancouver, BC
August de los Reyes, designer, strategy consultant, and educator, Seattle, WA
Gene Duvernoy, president, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), Seattle, WA


The competition is funded by the Grousemont Foundation. It honors long-term civic leader Howard S. Wright, who took a simple sketch on a napkin and created a landmark building known around the world, the icon of Seattle, the Space Needle.

Urban Intervention aligns with this legacy. It will provide the next generation with a chance to both dream big and ultimately, do big. Once again, our region's gathering space, Seattle Center, will be transformed through the vision of new leaders, ensuring that it will continue to connect to the dreams and accomplishments of the next fifty years.


Urban Intervention is a partnership of Seattle Center/The Next 50 and AIA Seattle. For additional event info: http://www.seattlecenter.com For details on the design competition itself: http://www.thenextfifty.org/urbanintervention 


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