Changes to Northlake's Built Environment

Shoreline Changes and Industrial Networks

The final portion of our project focused on the changes to Northlake's built environment over the past half century.  Using historic maps, photographs, and present day aerial photogrphy and streetview, we considered the following questions:

What major physical transformations shaped the landscape over time? What forces prompted these transformations? How are past eras legible in the landscape today? In what ways can the landscape be considered resilient?

By examining the location of businesses on a map from 1912 and comparing the shoreline overtime, we can begin to map the character of Northlake's built environment, as seen in the map to the left. 

New Projects, 1990-2013

From 1990 to 2013, the pace of development has rapidly increased.  The 24 projects proposed or completed in this time, while they have not transformed the essentially industrial character of the neighborhood, signal an important shift.  Moreover, it is apparent that the expanding developable land at the shore is being utilized with increasing frequency. 

Aesthetic Character of the Built Environment

The new projects share a new aesthetic sensibility that reinforces Northlakes transformation from an predominately marine industrial economic landscape to one that emphasizes economic activity centered on retail and other professional services. Proposed developments emerging from the University of Washington's continual expansion follow along similar lines. 

Changes to Northlake's Built Environment