INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT VILLAGE SQUARE Seattle, WA 1997/8 In a collaboration (rather loose collaboration) with Stuart Nakamura and Hai Ying Wu, this work incorporates several elements to activate the plaza and mark entrances for a non-profit community facility in Seattle’s Asian community which includes elderly assisted housing, a daycare center, a clinic, a counseling center, and employment center. The pavement details in paver tiles and quartzite stone reinforce non-verbal wayfinding, leading from the street to the front door in the plaza where signs are discouraged due to the diversity of languages spoken. The terrazzo “ribbon” benches (2 of 3 are shown here) are based on a traditional Japanese design of a tied ribbon and incorporate imagery from various Asian cultures. A series of sculptures announce the entry to the plaza.
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