HALA Design Studio//AU 15
The HALA studio will analyze and explore a number of the HALA recommendations with the intention of advancing a meaningful and informed city-wide discussion and positively influencing public policy. While housing affordability and livability is the focus of the studio, the breadth of investigation extends well beyond housing itself. This is an opportunity to re-envision a neighborhood and, by extension, the city itself. Seattle has been stymied by a limited number of housing types in neighborhood and neighborhood commercial zones. Recently developed housing types have been generally limited to single family dwellings, low rise and mixed-use neighborhood commercial structures as opposed to the plethora of types that can be found in other cities and especially in older, east coast contexts. The HALA recommendations encourage creative thinking and an expansion of housing types, ownership models and community engagement.