Students began this studio with an investigation of different aspects of the Uptown neighborhood, including: its history, spatial characteristics, architecture, housing, ecology, circulation, land use patterns, and public life. The students limited their investigation to the area of Uptown that lies west of Seattle Center, which is bounded by West Roy Street on the north, First Avenue North on the east, Western Avenue West and Denny way on the south, and 5th Avenue West on the west. They relied upon studies by previous studios, DPD, and numerous archival records, which they enriched with first-hand observations and interviews.
The research findings also provided a synthesis of the recommendations found in the visions related to each theme. The four themes that emerged to inform the students’ design proposals include: a lack of cohesion, a unique geography, a variable infrastructure, and a narrow residential demographic.