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AMANDA BOSSE urbaninfluenced [at] gmail [dot] com


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SILENCING THE NOISE: CREATING SOUND-SCAPES FOR TACOMA

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Urban Design Concept

“Y” PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN: BURLINGTON AT THE CROSSROADS

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Downtown Development Planning for the Green Futures Research and Design Lab

IDENTIFYING LEED-ND LOCATION ELIGIBLE LANDS IN PHOENIX

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Land-Use Suitability Analysis for the Phoenix Urban Research Lab + Criterion Planners

WHAT’S NEXT? SPRAWL RETROFITTING IDEAS FOR PHOENIX Urban Design Concept

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SILENCING THE NOISE: CREATING SOUND-SCAPES FOR TACOMA Urban Design Concept Tacoma, Washington

[project description] To develop innovative solutions to transform Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, Washington.

– 1,000 SF permanent sidewalk extensions along Pacific Avenue) and “urban living rooms” (larger public spaces where the community can gather).

[design concept] The primary theoretical framework for the streetscape design creates an experiential path (that has a focus on the sensory experience of sound) with nodes along it. These “sound-scapes” are comprised of “sound pockets” (small 500

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The “sound-scape” design is to eventually extend from Old City Hall to the Tacoma Dome, with a pilot demonstration project at the existing Tollefson Plaza site.

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site plan: “sound-scape� design for Pacific Avenue and 17th Street

Proposed Mixed-Use Building (with a small Grocery Store on the Ground Level)

Prairie Trail

Building Entrance urban living room 01

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Pacific Avenue

sound pocket 02 water wall with integrated seating 03 water wall with pea gravel 04 american sweetgum tree 05 paper birch tree 06 blue translucent concrete paving 07 curbless intersection 08

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Building Entrance

Proposed Recreation Center (with a Juice Bar on the Ground Level)

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existing street section: current conditions at Pacific Avenue near 17th Street

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Existing Tollefson Plaza


Tacoma Art Museum Plaza

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“Y” PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN: BURLINGTON AT THE CROSSROADS Downtown Development Planning for the Green Futures Research and Design Lab Burlington, Washington

[project description] A rural town about 80 miles north of Seattle, Burlington has small town charm with an authentic Main Street downtown. Seeking to revitalize the city’s Old Downtown and Commercial Retail Core, the City of Burlington Planning Department hired the Green Futures Research and Design Lab as consultants to create a downtown development plan for the city. [design concept] The “Y” Downtown Plan embraces the guiding principles of the LifeSpace-Building methodology, so that life, or activities, determines the arrangement of spaces, then placement of buildings.

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The design proposal has 2 story mixed-use buildings in front of 3 to 4 story residential buildings, which retains the historic building form fronting Fairhaven Avenue, while increasing residential capacity within walking distance to downtown. Developing the Old Downtwon (ie. Fairhaven Avenue) into a walkable, mixeduse neighborhood will create a residential amenity within the city, enhance the authentic main street shopping experience, increase the housing stock, and connect to the city’s commercial core.


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Fairhaven Ave Parks + Rec. Building Library

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Connection with Gages Slough Open Space “Y� Downtown Plan (above): concept diagram for future development

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RAISED TABLE INTERSECTION

11’-0” TRAVEL LANES

9’-0” x 21’-0” ANGELED PARKING

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5’-0” BIKE

STORMWATER FEATURE

9’-0” x 20’-0” PARALLEL PARKING


Proposed Infill Development and Streetscape Plan: Old Downtown Burlington

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WALL ADJACENT TO RAILROAD

TRAIN WRECK TAVERN

PLANTING STRIP BULB-OUT

8’-0” SIDEWALK

VISITOR CENTER

CROSSROADS PARK KIOSKS

PLAZA + SPECIAL EVENT SPACE AT RAISED TABLE INTERSECTION

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IDENTIFYING LEED-ND LOCATION ELIGIBLE LANDS IN PHOENIX Land-Use Suitability Analysis for the Phoenix Urban Research Lab + Criterion Planners Phoenix, Arizona

[project description] While a Research Assistant at the Phoenix Urban Research Lab, we collaborated with Criterion Planners to identify LEED-ND location eligible parcels within the city limits of Phoenix, Arizona. The method developed for this research used LEED-ND as a metric to prioritize future development in cities, an innovative and less common use of the rating system. Cities can use this method to leverage LEED-ND to improve long-range comprehensive plans and infrastructure planning. [research question] Of the vacant and redevelopable land in Phoenix, which parcels meet the prerequisites for LEEDND’s Smart Location and Linkage (SLL) category?

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[research methodology] A LEED-ND eligible lands assessment was applied to the city using a parcel-based GIS methodology developed by Criterion Planners. [research results] Applying our method to the city of Phoenix, we find that just over 9,000 acres in the city are LEED-ND eligible lands, without constraints. This represents 26% of the candidate acreage, a somewhat higher percentage than expected. Additional information on this project can be read in our article “LEED-ND as an urban metric” published in Landscape and Urban Planning (Vol. 119, Nov. 2013).

existing conditions: Phoenix’s Light Rail Corridor


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LEED-ND AND WALKABILITY analyzing LEED-ND’s metrics for connectivity

TRANSIT TRANSIT CORRIDOR CORRIDOR areas within 1/4 mile walk

from bus stop or 1/21/4 mile areas within mile walk from light rail stop walk from bus stop

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Light Rail Bus Routes Transit Corridor (minimum 60 weekday trips and 40 weekend trips) Phoenix City Limits

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INTERSECTION INTERSECTION DENSITY DENSITY number of eligible number of eligible intersections per square intersections per mile within 1/2mile mile within square distance 1/2 mile distance

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I-10 LEED-ND Candidate Parcels with an intersection density of 1 - 89 LEED-ND Candidate Parcels with an intersection density of 90 - 139 LEED-ND Candidate Parcels with an intersection density of 140 or greater

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WHAT’S NEXT? SPRAWL RETROFITTING IDEAS FOR PHOENIX Urban Design Concept McDowell Road + 7th Street /// Phoenix, Arizona

In Phoenix, many suburban typologies are undermining walkable urbanism, and thus reinforcing the auto-dependent society we have previously inflicted upon ourselves. Essentially, the buildings are set back in the landscape, while the roadways and parking lots are given center stage. The proposed streetcar will give the opportunity

to transform the underperforming asphalt along the new transit corridor. Using sprawl retrofit techniques, the site will transform superblocks, intersections, and car-oriented building typologies into walkable, mixed-use development that will contribute to the urban fabric.

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Deficiency: Lack of walkable block structure and car-oriented building typologies

Outcome: Variety of building types and mix of uses to support future streetcar 14


BUILDING TYPOLOGY: DRIVE THRU The drive thru is often synonymous with sprawl. Designed for an auto-dependent culture, the drive thru contributes to the fragmented streetscape. A pedestrian experience is near impossible to achieve. One solution, illustrated here, is to add liner buildings along the street edge. The buildings will activate the urban edge at the corner of the intersection.

typical detached fast-food restaurant exposed surface parking

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introduce streetcar line add liner buildings along frontages to mask surface parking lot


Deficiency: Car-oriented building typology

a m a n d a b o s s e Outcome: Liner buildings to mask parking 16


BUILDING TYPOLOGY: STRIP CENTER With deep setbacks and exposed parking, the strip center is ubiquitous in the Phoenix landscape. Liner buildings can easily be built that address the street and begin to form an urban edge.

entrance facing parking lot stand-alone, single use structure exposed surface parking

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reduce parking lot size add liner building new building addition that fronts the street

introduce streetcar line


Deficiency: Car-oriented building typology

a m a n d a b o s s e Outcome: Building addition and liner building 18


BUILDING TYPOLOGY: BIG BOX Big box retailers often leapfrog out to build newer models of the same thing, leaving the urban fabric with large empty structures that are often difficult to fill with new retailers. In the example, illustrated below, the entrance is re-oriented to face the street and build a liner building that would mask the parking.

stand-alone, single use structure entrance facing parking lot excessive surface parking

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re-orient building entrance to face street parking lot reduced in size introduce streetcar line add liner building to mask surface parking lot


Deficiency: Car-oriented building typology

a m a n d a b o s s e Outcome: Frontages facing street 20

Design Portfolio (January 2014)  

For more info about me and my work, please visit my blog at http://urbaninfluenced.wordpress.com

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