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UDF + The Urbanist: Suburban Renaissance Tour / Kenmore & Bothell, WA

The Seattle AIA-UDF has designated 2019 the year of reimaging suburbia. We will learn how cities, facing tremendous growth and housing pressures, are fitting more residents into less space, with Bothell and Kenmore being unique case-studies in the redesign of American suburbia. We will see how new buildings and urban spaces are designed and learn how these policies impact increased post-occupancy public welfare, connectivity and increased urban amenity.

Pre-registration is required. Attendance required to receive Continuing Education credits: 4 LU | HSW. Register by Friday, July 19.

Meetup details:
All modes meet at 2:00pm at Kenmore City Hall: 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
*See transport options and details under “Getting There” below

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Our Hosts:

  • David Boyd – Senior & Long-Range Planner – City of Bothell
  • Debbie Best – Community Development Director – City of Kenmore
  • Lauri Anderson – Senior Planner – City of Kenmore

Getting there

  • Self-drive: arrive in Kenmore by 2:00pm
  • Transit riders: meet in downtown Seattle at corner of Pike & 6th St at 1:17pm for the 522 Bus | arrive 1:56pm
  • Cyclists: 1½ hour one-way on the Burke Gilman Trail for biking from Seattle

Tour of Kenmore | 2:00pm – 3:20pm | All modes of arrival to meet at Kenmore City Hall: 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Kenmore Directive: Investigate the impacts of the proposed 522 BRT corridor, new developments, and the potential for reconnecting to the lake may impact on Kenmore’s ability to reimagine their role as suburban city; this portion will be further developed by the hosts, Debbie and Lauri – ideas incl. presentation/intro from 2:00pm-2:20pm / tour of downtown 2:20pm-3:20pm

Leave Kenmore on the 3:24pm 522 Bus to Bothell from cnr. NE Bothell Way & 68th Ave NE | Arrive 3:36pm |*Cyclists use Burke Gilman Trail to transfer to Bothell leg of tour

Tour of Bothell | 4:00pm – 5:45pm | Starts at Bothell City Hall: 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 | *Free parking in the City Hall garage, accessible from 183rd or 185th St NE

Bothell directive: Learn about progressive policy in this suburban city administration, how it has impacted architectural standards, building-to-street interaction, urban design guidelines, and how in the last 5-years, this is a suburban entity is, inclusively and pragmatically, evolving an urban face; this portion will be further developed by the host, David.

Happy Hour & Eats | 6:00pm | Anderson School: McMenamins: 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (optional)

  • The McMenamins Story from Anderson School to brew-pub – impacts of progressive policy and adaptive reuse of space, historic preservation etc.

Getting Home
522 Bus departs from Woodinville Dr & Kaysner Way every hour at :14 past the hour for Seattle; bike or drive home (responsibly)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to design more walkable neighborhoods with access to amenities, by examining the Bothell Downtown Revitalization Plan in action; through multimodal streetscape reconstruction, and mixed-use, mid-rise development.
  • Investigate suburban desification and proposed SR-522 BRT TOD impacts, and how transit choice, denser suburbanization, and more diverse housing options impacts public welfare, improves pedestrian safety, and enhances access to economic opportunity.
  • Examine the Bothell Downtown Subarea Plan, how this informed Downtown Core and Downtown Neighborhood zoning, promulgating infill and mixed-use development patterns that diversifies housing choice and building typologies.
  • Learn how the visionary use of public land [old school site] for targeted economic catalytic interventions, coupled with the cooperation of public-sector, private-developer, and design professions, can forge a more climate resilient and aesthetically pleasing urban entity.

Hosted by AIA Urban Design Forum and The Urbanist

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership & Volunteer Manager at AIA Seattle


July 20, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
4 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Kenmore City Hall
18120 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028 United States
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