Great Ideas at the Collaborative Kickoff

Collaborative Kickoff – Recap and What’s Next

We rang in the new year with a bang on Sunday morning, kicking off the Central Hills Triangle Collaborative with a major charrette. Over 70 people – a mix of professional designers and community advocates – worked to develop early concepts for lid designs in central Seattle. We heard both common themes and new directions, with an emphasis on parks, mobility, and community facilities along with dramatic proposals to manage the steep hills around Interstate 5.

A few photo highlights from Sunday:

A full room with an early start.


One of the teams using technology for a reference.


A team goes vertical.


The Connections team presents their strategic approach.

The Collaborative design teams will return in March at Optimism Brewing with an update on their proposals (see full details below). All Collaborative events are free and open to the public. Thanks again to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for sponsoring this multi-month design program and MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design for sponsoring the printing.

Connecting Wildlife Around I-90

We were inspired by the story of the I-90 wildlife crossings east of Snoqualmie Pass, an ongoing effort championed by statewide environmental groups. Though the project is in a very different environment than central Seattle, there are many parallels to our own efforts in coalition-building, working with our elected officials and WSDOT staff, and promoting connectivity for communities around regional transportation infrastructure. Check out the project documentary by Conservation Northwest below.