MAKERS conducted an audit of Bellevue’s current codes and guidelines for the Downtown Livability Study. The team examined building height and form, the amenity incentive system, various design guideline issues, the 6th Street Pedestrian Corridor, and other open spaces/ through block connections. The audit summarized how the code and guidelines have been implemented, including components that are working well, areas for improvement, and special opportunities. MAKERS also prepared an “Urban Design Framework” document which provides a visual summary of current urban design conditions and key policy direction from the Downtown Subarea Plan. In the second phase of the project, MAKERS used computer simulations to visualize different options for height, amenity system, building form, block frontage, and design alternatives. The team analyzed the results and presented them to a steering committee for recommendations to the City Council.
City of Bellevue, WA
Urban design and analysis, pedestrian corridor planning, visualization of urban design actions