Field Notes: Observing Lake Union
An audio tour on Seattle's Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop by the Studio for Urban Projects

Saturday, September 25
Lake Union Park, Seattle
Westlake Ave N. and Valley St. 11:00am-2:00pm


Saturday, October 23
Lake Union Park, Seattle
Westlake Ave N. and Valley St.
3:00-5:00 pm

Saturday, October 23
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle
5:00-7:00 pm

To RSVP for the walking
tour please e-mail us
Tickets for the Wild Foods dinner are available for purchase through Brown Paper Tickets.


Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is an audio tour of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, created by the Studio for Urban Projects, that explores how changing conceptions of nature and our place within it have shaped Seattle’s Lake Union over the last two hundred years. The piece focuses on the underlying ecology of Lake Union and its transformation through eras of geologic change, Native American stewardship, European settlement, commercial industry and large-scale infrastructural development as well as urban planning and park design. By experiencing the tour visitors will gain insight into the complex interplay between human values and natural ecologies that have shaped Lake Union today.

Lake Union is a landscape that has been dramatically transformed. Over the course of 200 years Lake Union has been radically altered from its pre-Seattle days when it was inhabited for thousands of years by the Duwamish tribe. Field Notes: Observing Lake Union will give visitors insight into the historical topography of the lake and the ways it has been altered. It will focus on traces of Lake Union’s natural ecosystems and habitats and explore how they are being restored by reclamation efforts. The project probes questions relevant to cities everywhere: what are the underlying ecologies of our urban landscapes? How can human systems more thoughtfully integrate into them?

Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is created in collaboration with audio engineer Tim Halbur and is commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs with Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation 1% for Art funds.

Public Events:
Lake Union Park Opening
The Studio for Urban Projects will launch Field Notes: Observing Lake Union in conjunction with the grand opening of Lake Union Park in Seattle, Washington on September 25. Members from the Studio for Urban Projects will be on-site from 11am to 2pm. Positioned near the main park entrance, Studio members will share information about the piece with visitors, hand out project maps and encourage visitors to share their insights on the Field Notes hotline.

Walking Tour
The Studio for Urban Projects will host a walking tour of Lake Union Park on Saturday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm. The tour will feature short talks by Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place; David Williams, author of The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City as well as several other project contributors. The tour will invite a public dialog around the themes of the project. It is free and open to the public with advanced registration advised. To sign up for the tour please

Wild Foods Dinner
A wild foods dinner will follow the walking tour. Prepared by Christina Choi of Nettletown, the dinner will feature foods foraged from the region that once would have grown in and around Lake Union. The dinner will be hosted at the Center for Wooden Boats. Tickets are $55.00, including dinner and wine, and may be purchased throughBrown Paper Tickets.

Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is an art and design collaborative that seeks to advance civic engagement and further public dialogue. Founded
by Alison Sant, Richard Johnson, Marina McDougall, Kirstin Bach and Daya Karam our interdisciplinary and research-based projects aim to provoke change by re-
framing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the
built environment. Our storefront space in the San Francisco Mission District is
a public venue for the staging of workshops, talks, film screenings and meals.


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