As Seattle redesigns its waterfront in the coming post-viaduct era, one of the most important questions facing the city is how the crumbling seawall will be rebuilt.
Local architectural designer Cristina Bump was the 2009 recipient of the AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship for her proposal to study innovative seawall designs in Australia and Canada. Her research includes seawalls in Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver, and explore the impact alternative approaches can have on urban development and natural habitat. Bump worked with partners at the University of Washington, the City of Seattle and the US Army Corps of Engineers to document seawall alternatives to inform the Seattle decision.
After her travels abroad, she returns to document her findings through a model, video, and print exhibition. Of special interest will be large-scale physical models of the different ‘smart’ seawalls studied and how they could be applied to Seattle’s habitat, ecosystem, and tidal patterns. Visit Cristina’s travel blog which outlines her adventure in Australia and follows Seattle’s political process.
Publications: AIA Forum> Fall 2010, Seattle Met> Oct 2010
This exhibition and research were funded by the AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, which seeks to expand the experience and leadership opportunities of young professionals, encourage cross-cultural dialogue in the profession, and share knowledge from architecture practice around the globe with members in Puget Sound. Through a $5000 grant, the scholarship supports travel for the purposes of research, community service, education, or collaboration. The Scholarship was founded by the AIA Seattle Fellows and Honors Committee, and is generously funded by contributions from local College of Fellows members, AIA Seattle members, and design leaders.