The Battery Street Tunnel was completed in 1952 and has serviced the City of Seattle for over 65 years as the primary connector between the iconic Alaskan Way Viaduct and Aurora Avenue North. However, after nearly 15 years of debate regarding the replacement of the Viaduct and years of wondering if Bertha (the tunnelling machine) would ever make it to the finish line, the Viaduct Replacement Tunnel is complete and the current plans are calling for the existing tunnel to be closed and filled.
CALL FOR IDEAS
The future of the Battery Street Tunnel might still be open to consideration of options which demonstrate creative alternatives to deliver more value to the community. Recharge the Battery is reaching out to the design community to ask for ideas, suggestions, and/or stories which might begin to inspire possibilities beyond the ordinary and encourage an alternative fate for one of Seattle's most under-appreciated infrastructural icons!
Recharge the Battery is an open ended ‘call for ideas’ working to gather a diverse collection of ideas from Seattle area residents of any/all ages, disciplines, and perspectives. More specifically, we are excited to welcome submissions in a variety of media, including: stories, artifacts, photos, drawings, designs, even suggestions for future events - anything that considers the context of the Belltown neighborhood, the legacy of the Battery Street Tunnel and/or the spirit of the City of Seattle.
Recharge the Battery represents the second phase of the b'End Tunnel
Initiative to activate the Battery Street Tunnel by creating a series of events, exhibitions, installations, and
gatherings intended to celebrate the historic, structural and cultural significance of the Battery Street
Tunnel, in its final years of service.
More Questions? Email Recharge the Battery at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Recharge the Battery entries will be featured as part of a public exhibition, in collaboration with Seattle Design Festival (see Seattle Design Festival for exhibition information and details).
Recognition of one top entry for each category will be made by our panel of organizers with experiences in design advocacy, community engagement, environmental art, urban planning, and public policy.
Four categories include:
- Most inspiring story
- Most original submission
- Most compelling visuals
- Most actionable suggestion
A People’s Choice will also be chosen by in-person voting during Seattle Design Festival.
Each top entrant will be notified by email and recognized during our exhibition remarks ceremony, as well as on related websites, social media channels, publication outlets, and promotional materials.
Participation is open to all interested persons of any/all ages, disciplines, and perspectives.
- Participation is open to all ages, but submissions under the age of 12 require an adult sponsor.
- Participation is limited to three submissions per person. However, each entry must be unique.
- Each entry will be accepted in any media type, but basic visual consideration is preferred.
- Each entry must adhere to all submission guidelines (see Submissions Guidelines)
- Each entry must be received by 11pm PT on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Please submit each entry by email to Recharge the Battery at email@example.com
- Each entry must be one 11x17 and submitted in landscape/horizontal orientation.
- Each entry must be uploaded as a PDF at 300 DPI.
- Maximum file size is 5MB.
- Each entry must include a short title of no more than 75 characters (including text entries)
- Each entry must include a description of no more than 300 characters (including text entries)
- Participants must provide full name, zip code, and a valid email address.
- Participants must verify they are 12 years of age or older, or submit through an adult sponsor.
- Participants must verify their submission is original work and not subject to any other copyright.
- Participants must agree to the Recharge the Battery submission terms of agreement
[Note: By nature of submitting, Recharge the Battery reserves the right to publicly feature each submission during Seattle Design Festival 2017 and/or similar exhibitions leading up to the Battery Street Tunnel decommissioning in 2018/19. Recharge the Battery also reserves the right to feature select submissions (for commercial and promotional purposes related to the Battery Street Tunnel). on related websites, social media channels, publication outlets, and related promotional materials of the partnering organizations and special supporting partners]
Recharge the Battery is part of the b’End Tunnel Initiative, conceived by Aaron Asis in partnership with
Downtown Seattle Association, Project Belltown and Growing Vine Street, with support from Seattle Design Festival and Block41. The Recharge the Battery team is devoted to raising awareness around
past, present, and future potential for the Battery Street Tunnel and engaging the community in
conceptualizing an inspired future for Belltown, Downtown Seattle, and surrounding Seattle communities
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