Pike Place Market has always been the epic center of downtown Seattle.This public market overlooking the ElliottBay waterfront in the city and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ market in the United States.The Pike Place Market, the underground restaurants, and the Harbor Steps locate between Freeway 99 and the 1st Avenue from Virginia Street to University Street, and they together dominate the activities along the waterfront.Before the Pike Place Market was found in 1907, farmers and producers sold their food and products to some middle persons, who would then sell to the stores and finally to the customers.The formation of Pike Place Market changed the format and routine of how products are sold.Farmers and merchants can now directly sell their food and products to the customers.To allow the customers to meet the producers is the market’s mission and founding goal.
We use the term “ad hoc urbanism” as a way to interpret and construct our understanding of the urban landscapes as the outcomes of our individual and collective adaptations. The purpose for creating the Guidebook is to bring attention to aspects of our everyday environment that are important parts of the urban experiences but are often neglected by mainstream design discourses.
This Guidebook is the final project of Professor Jeff Hou's Landscape Urbanism class of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments.
In this class students examine the multiple and competing forces that influence the making of urban landscapes. It addresses urban design from a landscape perspective that views the urban environment as a continuum of movements, processes, and change. In examining the multiple forces shaping urban forms and processes, it investigates different paradigms and visions of cities, contestations of meanings and understandings, the social and political process of placemaking, and phenomenology and imaginaries of cities. Cases around the world including the U.S., Pacific Rim, Europe and Latin America are introduced to contrast and compare design practice with the everyday realities of urban landscape. While exploring the broader contexts of urban processes, the course also explores specific design strategies and devices that could begin to negotiate the competing social and spatial forces in urban landscapes.