Seattle to the World: Seattle's Best in Urban Design


In celebration of the official debut of Worldchanging Seattle, we bring you our Seattle to the World series: a collection of the 100 best local innovations, institutions, policies and people that we think could benefit readers in cities around the world. We've collected your recommendations – and sought out our own – to locate what we felt was a sample of Seattle's most inspiring solutions for a better future.

In this second segment of our series, we will profile Seattle's most innovative answers to the question of urban design. Here at Worldchanging, we've written hundreds of articles on the topic of cities as our greatest weapon in the fight against climate change, rising energy consumption, needless waste of resources, and the sprawling development that destroys our planet's precious remaining wild spaces. As the human population continues to grow, cities offer us the opportunity not only to find places for people to live with the smallest ecological footprint possible … but also to make life for those people exciting, attractive and prosperous. Cities offer endless opportunities for human interaction, and for sharing ideas and experiences as well as physical resources. Cities are places where arts, creativity and innovation thrive. And as we explore the many practical benefits of living in well-designed, dense communities, other more intangible benefits of creating intentional community are gaining the recognition they deserve.

It's certainly no secret that Seattle – and the Pacific Northwest region as a whole -- is a national hub of progressive, sustainability-focused activity when it comes to building and urban planning. We invite you to revisit the work we've done on Worldchanging Seattle thus far, including a conversation with former city architect Tony Gale, coverage of AIA Seattle's tribute to our city's architectural future, our image essay on the future of shopping malls, and a profile of a local entrepreneur who devised a beautiful building material from would-be garbage.

And of course, that's just scratching the surface. Now, please turn your attention to the daily blog below, as we announce our series profiling Seattle's best in Urban Design.

Want to read more of Seattle to the World? Our best Edible Solutions were posted during the first week of September.

Top image: High Point community in West Seattle.
Photo credit: Julia Levitt.


This post is part of the series, "Seattle to the World: 100 Best Innovations from the Emerald City."

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