The event recognizes the 18 architecture students, two instructors, teaching assistant and other volunteers and donors comprising this year's University of Washington's Neighborhood Design/Build Studio. They facilitated neighborhood input, designed and built the Gathering Plaza as the spring semester community project, which the studio undertakes every year.
The Gathering Plaza is significant in several ways and acts as the welcoming gateway to the Beacon Food Forest. It will become the primary meeting place for celebrations, instruction and general socializing among the diverse community -- and for planting preparations and harvesting activities. The plaza structures provide tool storage and shelter from the elements.
The opportunity to design and build the Gathering Plaza was made possible by a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Grant Award.
The goals of the department awards are to engage people in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle's neighborhoods. For more information check out the website