Holding Patterns: Lake City Way Site
2010, Seattle, WA

Vicki Scuri SiteWorks with Alexandr Polzin
Sponsored by Seattle Design Commission

An empty car lot on Lake City Way presents a great space to create a community venue. By conceptualizing the ground plane as a surface that can be activated through the introduction of elements that support and inspire people to use them. Benches placed under the film screen serve as seats for moviegoers. Mounds and mesas create a topographical surface perfect for experimental skateboarders. The aisles and voids present their own possibilities; the largest of which (3) can be used for dancing.

By overlaying these three arrays of elements reenergizes the site; from vacant lot to situational playscape. The patterns generated by this lay ering of systems creates a complexity that allows for many uses without strictly defining the nature of the space. This freedom of purpose invites the community to make the space their own by filling it with their own activities. The site will serve as background, infrastructure and gentle instigator of community building.

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