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Author Wong, Stefan
Title Graftworks: The architectural re-appropriation of a viaduct on the Seattle waterfront
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Descript 69 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-06, page: 1542
Adviser: Terry Galvin
Thesis (M.Arch.)--DalTech - Dalhousie University (Canada), 2002
The concrete 'double-decker' freeway known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct that runs along Seattle's downtown waterfront has long been considered a public eyesore and a physical barrier, alienating the city from its waterfront. After the February 28, 2001 Nisqually Earthquake that rocked Seattle, the Alaskan Way was significantly weakened and tests revealed that it was unlikely to survive the next major earthquake
The earthquake triggered dormant debates over the viaducts existence: retrofit the existing structure? build a new and larger viaduct? or build an underground freeway? For a city fiercely dependent on the automobile, the viaduct is critical in providing access for commuters travelling to and from the downtown core. Any solution to the current debate must address the interim traffic and environmental impacts, in addition to fulfilling the needs of the future
This thesis explores the viaduct's potential in serving as a framework in the reappropriation of urban infrastructures and public space. How can an architectural intervention of the viaduct redefine and reinvigorate the edge conditions of Seattle's downtown waterfront? By looking for clues in the urban fabric and investigating urban narratives, can the viaduct be transformed into something more than just a conduit for traffic flow?
School code: 1326
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 41-06
Subject Architecture
Urban and Regional Planning
Alt Author DalTech - Dalhousie University (Canada)
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