PIER 48: Collaborative Consumption
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Seattle's waterfront space has been largely unused due to physical boundaries that have disconnected the waterfront from downtown. The current redevelopment of the waterfront must address how to create a major connection and commitment within the community. Building upon my prior research on public participation models in my Master of Urban Planning thesis, "A Civic Waterfront", I propose an alternative approach to public space design that might help us develop more responsible and responsive strategies for designing with the local community. I propose and explore a self-evolving design process with public participation clearly affecting the decision-making process to ultimately test the influence such a process has on design. Drawing connections between the current practice of interdisciplinary design and research on user-generated design, I argue for a method of collaborative consumption−a sedimentation of user-generated program. Testing this method on Pier 48 in Seattle, I offer a design intervention with spaces for regeneration, connectivity, and exhibition to address how user-generated program could inform architecture through a self-evolving design process.
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