Community Garden/Cafe Features “Water as Irrigation”

This image shows an outdoor room that includes a wide promenade, parking, traffic lanes, cafes, farmer’s markets, and community gardens that connect people to the cycle of food. Using thoroughfares and gathering places as metaphoric urban streams with flows and eddies, “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow” applies a new typology of the street as urban watershed—demonstrating poetic and functional ways to capture, reveal, use, and reuse water. A promenade and sequence of outdoor rooms support a variety of activities. “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow” highlights the hybrid and changing nature of Seattle’s urban landscape by expressing the performative aspect of social and ecological processes. A layering of multiple urban flows yields a beautiful infrastructure of streets, water, parks, lights, and people, all spilling down to Lake Union. The project weaves together local influences of watershed ecosystems, sustainable technologies, and culture to yield a richly layered place responsive to Seattle’s unique topography, weather, and water bodies.