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2013 Award of Excellence Everywhere Nowhere, Paradigm Change for the Lower Duwamish River University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture, Studio 8201

Project Location: Seattle, Washington Category: Unbuilt Works Studio Instructors: Matthew Tucker, ASLA, Assistant Professor; Craig Wilson, ASLA, Adjunct Assistant Professor Collaborating Faculty: John Koepke, ASLA, Professor; Michael Keenan, Associate ASLA, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Andrea Wedul, Adjunct Assistant Professor Additional Credits: Stefano Ascari, Kevin Belair, Elissa Brown, Ryan Coates, Stephanie Erwin, Solange Guillaume, Montana Harinsuit, Amber Hill, Stephen Himmerich, Erin Garnaas-Holmes, David Kerber, Matthew Kessler, David Kowen, Emily Osthus, Jeffrey Olson, Alex Pratt, Michael Richardson, Ryan Ruttger, Michael Schiebe This collaborative project explores a future model for landscape architectural practice. This model is in response to emerging issues of massive change in our rapidly changing, post-industrial world. These issues provided the socio-cultural context to speculate alternative futures for a complex EPA Superfund site located along seven miles of Duwamish River in the port of Seattle, Washington. Working with a local non-profit agency and operating through the lens of paradigm change and design advocacy, the project team generated innovative and speculative design proposals that contemplate ecological resiliency, sea level+climate change, urban agriculture, environmental justice, carbon sequestration, blue-green infrastructure, and superfund clean-up. Over the past 100 years, the lower Duwamish River Valley of Seattle, Washington has been dramatically altered. What was once home to Chief Seattle and the Duwamish Tribe has become one of the largest and most complex EPA Superfund sites in the United States. There will be over $2 billion dollars invested in environmental remediation, habitat restoration and bluegreen infrastructure in the Duwamish Valley over the next 20 years. However, no specific plan exists to contemplate the effect of these changes on either the residents or the future urban character of the lower Duwamish River. The design proposals focus on transformative planning and design strategies to retrofit the existing valley into a quality, healthy environment for dwelling, re-inhabitation, re-habitation and re-investment. The projects expand the role of landscape architecture to advance professional practice breadth and value. 32


Healthy by Design , Bringing Life to Communities and Communities to Life

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