What's New

  • Watch Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, America's leading authority on creative placemaking projects, give the keynote address at Square Feet 2013.
  • Calling all arts and culture spaces of any kind in Seattle: we're embarking on a project to inventory our city's cultural space, and we want to hear from you.

Arts and culture are inextricable from Seattle's livability. They help drive our economy and foster connections across neighborhoods and social groups. So it's no surprise that space for arts and culture is key to connecting people, ideas and communities. We helped create the following recommendations and documents to address important issues involving cultural space.


Establishing an Artist's Studio/Dwelling in an Existing Building

We worked with the Department of Planning and Development to create a document that defines the land use and building code requirements applicable to the rehabilitation of an existing building for an artist's studio/dwelling in Seattle.

Client Assistance Memo (CAM) 114, Establishing an Artist's Studio/Dwelling in an Existing Building


Artist Checklist

We teamed up with the Department of Planning and Development to create a checklist of items artists and organizations should consider before leasing, buying or renovating an arts space. Subjects covered include funding considerations, zoning and land use regulations, permits and building codes.

Client Assistance Memo (CAM) 4000, Arts Space: Important Topics for Buying or Leasing a Space


Square Feet Seattle

Working with the Seattle Arts Commission, we created Square Feet Seattle, a comprehensive guide to acquiring cultural space. The guide is based on similar resources in Toronto and Chicago.

Square Feet Seattle


Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee

In 2009, Seattle City Council adopted a resolution accepting a set of recommendations to preserve and foster cultural space in Seattle's neighborhoods, which was proposed by the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee (CODAC). The CODAC is a volunteer citizen group convened by the Council in 2008 in response to the rapid loss of arts-related spaces and activities in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

CODAC recommendations: Preserving & Creating Space for Arts & Culture in Seattle