Amanda Bosse

Amanda Bosse is a former writer for the GRID. At the time she was writing, she was in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Washington. Growing up in the Midwest, she became interested in the dialogue between the individual structures and the urban fabric (including those structures not typically designed by architects). With a background in both architecture and urban design, Amanda was primarily interested in applying architectural thinking to solve larger scale design problems.

Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid from Amanda Bosse

by Amanda Bosse

When I began writing for The Grid, I had recently relocated to Seattle, Washington from Phoenix, Arizona (which, as you could imagine, was an adventure in itself). I often explore a place through sketching, but working... Read article

Seattle's Floating Homes: Expanding the Built Environment on the Water

by Amanda Bosse

Are floating home communities a new urban design strategy to expand the built environment past the shoreline? Unlike a houseboat, floating homes have no propulsion power, but are built with a buoyant platform (or raft)... Read article

Book Review of "Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World" by Ross Chapin

by Amanda Bosse

Are pocket neighborhoods the answer to creating detached housing units that are more vibrant? In "Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World," author and architect Ross Chapin explains ho... Read article

The Surviving Personality of Pike Place Market

by Amanda Bosse

In a time where you can buy almost anything online, Seattle’s Pike Place Market reminds us that character and convenience are not synonymous. It is a place that connects Seattleites (and tourists) to the city’s history... Read article

A Walk in the Park: The Legacy of the 1903 Olmsted Plan

by Amanda Bosse

In 1903, landscape architect John Charles Olmsted wrote that "Seattle possesses extraordinary landscape advantages in having a great abundance and variety of water views and views of wooded hills and distant mountains an... Read article

Amazon Adds to Seattle’s Skyline

by Amanda Bosse

How many high-tech corporations choose to locate their headquarters downtown? Very few. Often times we see corporate giants build their headquarters outside of city centers. Rather than following this trend and bu... Read article

Self-Sufficient Building: The Design of the Bullitt Center

by Amanda Bosse

If it wasn’t for the iconic photovoltaic array delicately hovering over the building for all to see, you might not know the Bullitt Center is a “green” building. While this (almost completed) six-story, 50,000 square... Read article

Taking Stock in Public Housing: The Redevelopment of Seattle's Yesler Terrace

by Amanda Bosse

The image of public housing may have been tainted by the likes of Pruitt Igoe and Cabrini Green; but Seattle, Washington has taken a different approach to public housing that aims to develop urban, mixed-income... Read article

Seattle’s New Front Porch: The Redevelopment of the Waterfront

by Amanda Bosse

Historically, port cities located their industrial zones near the waterfront for the convenience of transporting goods. Often times, highways or railroads were later constructed near the industrial waterfront. But as c... Read article

Lessons of Observation: What William H. Whyte Would Say

by Amanda Bosse

We’ve all seen empty public spaces before. So what makes some urban spaces fail while others succeed? William H. Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980), conducted pioneering studies on human beha... Read article

Identity Rooted Through Walkability in Seattle, Washington

by Amanda Bosse

Unlike most major cities, Seattle is truly a city comprised of distinct neighborhoods, and their commonality is an individuality rooted in walkability (and therefore livability). Walkable urbanism is a long-esta... Read article

New Streetcar Lines in Seattle, Washington

by Amanda Bosse

Most people associate cable cars with San Francisco. However, it was only 125 years ago that cable cars were a popular form of transit in Seattle. In 1884, a horse-drawn trolley between Occidental Avenue and Pike Street ... Read article

The Placement of the Automobile in Seattle vs. Phoenix

by Amanda Bosse

If Phoenix is loops and lollipops, then what is Seattle? After recently moving from Phoenix to Seattle, it is more apparent to me how sprawl has defined Phoenix’s landscape, with its vast amounts of highways interchanges... Read article