In my recent story about Seattle Center, I mentioned reports about draining the leaky ponds beneath the Yamasaki arches in the central courtyard. That turns out to be half true. If current plans take place, only some of the reflecting pools (those under the arches) would remain shallow sheets of water, while the south end of the enclosed courtyard would be landscaped with native plants and open space. The landscape architect is the highly esteemed Shannon Nichol of the local firm of GGN.
Will Daugherty, CEO of the Pacific Science Center, describes the transformed courtyard as “an urban ecosystem that integrates water, native plants, and animals. The courtyard will continue to be a beautiful setting balancing the built environment and living things.”
Since the Science Center is located on traditional lands of Native people, “members of Indigenous communities will have central roles in the design, development, and construction, and the ongoing educational programming.” Members of other groups “historically excluded from STEM-oriented projects in this country will also play important roles in the project and ongoing programming.”