Urban Design and Design Review. A Review of Coffee Talk 3

(This originally was posted on the The Future of 35th website.)

The 35th Ave NE corridor has a variety of building types and sizes.  The new 4-story, Jasper Apartment  building also provides new design questions for the community around 35th Ave NE.  As new development occurs along 35th Ave NE, such as the redevelopment of the Green House, its our belief that our community should have an idea of what type of development and what types design elements we want to see occur.

Cheryl Sizov discusses design review.

On April 26th, the 3rd of the 7-part Coffee Talk series occurred, with John Owen from MAKERS Architecture + Urban Design and Cheryl Sizov with the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development spoke to the community.  Mr. Owen oversaw the completion of the Wedgwood Vision Plan, which the Future 35th Ave NE Project is largely based on.  Mr. Owen discussed various design principals and elements that the community could consider as part of review and encouraging great designs for future 35th Ave NE developments.  Ms. Sizov spoke about the design review process that the City uses to encourage developers to consider the needs of the community.  Video of both of their talks are below.  Valarie Bunn, author of the Wedgwood in Seattle History blog, provides her perspective on latest coffee talk about urban design.


There are 4 more Coffee Talks that will occur over the coming months.

  • Coffee Talk 4:  ”Place-making and Successful Streetscape Features” – Thursday, May 24th, at Messiah Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall – Downstairs) from 7-8:30PM.  Speaker: Brice Maryman, SvR Design
  • Coffee Talk 7:  ”The Trade Offs of Land Use Planning” – Thursday, Aug 23rd, at Messiah Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall – Downstairs)  from 7-8:30PM – Speaker:  Erin Christensen, AIA, LEED AP ND, Mithun

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