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Auburn Alleyway Activation: MLA Project

What happens when you turn an uninviting alleyway lined with dumpsters over to UW Landscape Architecture students? They produce a design that allows for sitting, eating, and gathering while adding green space and improved stormwater runoff.

The city of Auburn, Washington discovered these possibilities for such a space when three 2018 MLA graduates (Allison Ong, Sylvia Janicki, and Jack Alderman) developed a proposal for an alleyway in historic downtown on an independent study project through UW Livable City Year.

You can see a one-page overview of the project or read the full proposal.

The Auburn Reporter covered the team’s proposal to the city council on August 31, 2018. Read the article: City on board with alley plan

The team receives advice on their plant palette from a member of local firm HBB.


Alleyway Opportunities and Constraints
Site Plan