Rethinking Infrastructure: Emily Miller '20 B Arch

Aug. 12, 2020

Seattle is at a pivotal point in its history, implementing massive change to its major transportation lines, while rethinking the complex flow and connection of pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. The Seattle waterfront is experiencing much of the current transformation, as it stands as a division between the idyllic condition of the islands to the west and the rapidly expanding city center to the east. The infrastructure of the waterfront is moving towards an inevitable shift in the function of its maritime piers, from industry to entertainment. The removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct opened Alaskan Way for a new system of transportation—with new opportunities for utilizing the downtown waterfront. 

The newly envisioned Colman Dock stands between the industrial waterfront and the pedestrian waterfront, connecting users across Puget Sound and to the region's history. The Colman Ferry redevelopment includes a maritime museum and ferry terminal intertwined, creating a unique and meaningful engagement with Elliot Bay. Emily Miller’s project provides a space for the community to gather and learn, a ferry terminal which is vital to the infrastructure of Seattle and a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the area. The Colman Dock stands as a threshold between downtown Seattle and the bay, marking a point in history while commemorating the past.

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Emily Miller


Student Work | B Arch Capstone Project, Taught by Christopher Domin, Associate Professor of Architecture


Seattle, Washington