Coffee Talk 3 – Design at a Human Scale. A Primer on Urban Design Concepts and City of Seattle Design Review Guidelines

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

Coffee Talk: “Design at a Human Scale. A Primer on Urban  Design Concepts and City of Seattle Design Review Guidelines” – Thursday, April 26th, from 7-8:30PM at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE)

What makes a great building design? We’ve all seen buildings that we like and don’t like, yet we’re not all architects. As 35th Ave NE is inevitably redeveloped in the future, the question is how can we collectively articulate what types of building forms and design our community wants to see. The purpose of this Coffee Talk is to improve our understanding of design and the design review process.  This is the 3rd of a 7-part series of Coffee Talks sponsored by the American Planning Association’s Washington Chapter’s Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT).

John Owen will be presenting a primer on important design principals that our community can use as we plan for the future of 35th Ave NE.  Not only is Mr. Owen a partner with MAKERS Architecture + Urban Design, he also led the Wedgwood Vision Plan.  Cheryl Sizov is a Senior Urban Planner with the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development who managed the drafting of the City’s most recent Seattle Design Guidelines. Ms. Sizov will present the City’s design guidelines and describe the City’s design review process.  A process that some on the Wedgwood Action Group became familiar with during the design of the Jasper Apartment Building.

Thanks again to
Top Pot Doughnuts for their support and providing delicious coffee and baked goodness for the Coffee Talks.  Make sure to put the remaining Coffee Talks on your schedule:

  • 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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