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Architecture

Inside Look at Seattle’s New Convention Center Expansion

"Summit of Our Noble Efforts" - Jay Inslee The Washington State Convention Center's new Summit Building opened to the public on Friday, January 27. As...

How a Forgotten Plaza Can Become Tacoma’s Connected Heart

Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma confounds me. It’s an attractive space next to a bustling university campus and an art museum. It is adjacent...

The Urbanist’s Year in Pictures 2022

An we come upon the last day of the year, a perfect opportunity to look through The Urbanist's media archive for a retrospective of...

Seattle Must Stop Giving A/C the Cold Shoulder

Air Conditioning and Summer Insulation are Necessities, Not Amenities. After moving to Seattle in 2020 from Southern California, I was surprised to find that the...

Seeking Urbanist Applicants for Seattle Design Review Boards

Design review is currently under the microscope, with a stakeholder process evaluating the problems of housing delays and racial inequity. The Seattle City Council...
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Land Use Smorgasbord at Final Seattle City Council Meeting of 2022

Highway Lids, Design Review Waivers for Affordable Housing, Continuing Streateries, and Easing Food Truck Restrictions In its final full meeting of 2022, the Seattle City...

The Urbanist Podcast: Wet Architecture with Weston Wright

In the song "Five Feet High and Rising," Johnny Cash sings "Well, the rails are washed out north of town/ We got to head...
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The Urbanist Book Club: Meet Me by the Fountain with Alexandra Lange

American malls are so ubiquitous that it is difficult to consider they were purposefully conceived, actively designed, and meticulously managed. Every facet of an...