Community Space in the Public Realm
- The Seattle Center Arena all-day open house was an example of how DLR Group would previously convene a community for design input.
- Social distancing and shelter in place regulations requires innovative ways to connect with project stakeholders.
- Big-box retail spaces were already being transformed into community centers. The COVID-19 pandemic has expedited that process.
- This includes an increase in demand for immersive experiences.
- The work-from-home experience has influenced our daily routine and connection with nature.
- We are taking more walks and exploring where we can in our communities.
- As chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, DLR Group Principal Rico Quirindongo is part of a pilot program called “Pedestrian Prioritized Streets.”
- Here is a map of all the vehicle street closures in Seattle from the Seattle Times. The program addresses a current void of inadequate pedestrian space in the urban core.
- There is an expedited push for more livable urban environments.
- Cities around the world are reducing vehicular streets.
- There is a greater focus on pedestrian and bike access, and less vehicular access in downtowns.
- Cities want to rely more on mass transit options for affordability.
- Developers are creating transit-oriented developments to support a mass transit infrastructure.
- Increased focus on air quality in the urban core is essential for community confidence in returning to cities.
- This pandemic has supported the value in using private spaces for public use.