18th Annual Design Charrette
02-06 April 2003

Built in 1906, King Street Station sits at the crossroads of major transportation elements in-between the Chinatown/International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods, creating one the most crowded, earsplitting places in Seattle.  Everyday, thousands of commuters, neighborhood residents, and tourists negotiate this bustling environment.  As the station develops into a multimodal transit center with related housing and retail, the number of people in the area will escalate.

CEEDS, Washington State Department of Transportation, and City of Seattle CityDesign cosponsored a week-long design charrette to address the station's future. These groups hoped to foster a unified vision for a transit community that can serve the needs of the public, the city, and the neighborhoods.

Prior to the charrette, graduate students met with developers and agency staff, conducted focus groups with neighborhood constituents, and designed a visioning session for the charrette.  During a week-long event, 70 students, laypersons, and experts from the local and international communities contributed 2500 hours to the endeaver.

During the vision session, participants agreed that the redeveloped station should:

Outcomes of this six-day charrette, which were presented at a public meeting, at numerous city agencies, and on public-access television, included:

For additional information, click here for: Integrating King Street and Waterfront Transportation with South Downtown Neighborhoods: A Report Integrating King Street and Waterfront Transportation with South Downtown Neighborhoods: A DVD