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Team: Elizabeth Golden AIA of UW Architecture, Jeff Hou of UW Landscape Architecture, Brice Maryman – Principal Landscape Architect with MIG, Tiffani McCoy – Lead Organizer at Real Change, and Rick Mohler AIA of UW Architecture. Collaborators: Anita Chopra of UW Medicine,
Mehr Grewal of Odle Middle School
Seattle, the country’s eighteenth largest city with the third largest population of people experiencing homelessness, faces a crisis. With businesses closed during the pandemic, the unhoused have limited access to hand washing facilities, making its most vulnerable population more vulnerable still. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, the city auditor found that the city fell woefully short in providing enough hygiene facilities; this situation was exacerbated by Governor Inslee’s ‘Stay at Home’ Order on March 25th, 2020.
The Seattle Street Sink is a seemingly simple, bottom up, community-based project that both augments and critiques this lack of hygiene infrastructure in the midst of a public health crisis. The project provides access to clean water, ensuring that all members of the community are able to protect themselves.
Capacity: 2-3 people with distance, outside. Unfortunately this is not our accessible version of the sink.