Clair Enlow

Clair Enlow is a freelance journalist writing about architecture, planning and history. She’s a Loeb Fellow and an honorary member of AIASeattle.

East Precinct, Seattle’s Unexpected Landmark

For some demonstrators, the building is their police station. The East Precinct serves a large area in South Seattle. I hate to see that open door boarded up. Like others who’ve raised teenagers here, I’ve been to the precinct in the middle of the night.

Behind The Curtain Walls: Seattle’s Tower Architecture

For more than three decades, Seattle has been earnestly shaping policy and procedure to get better downtown buildings, and fend off the worst. What have we got to show for it? Rainier Square Tower.

FENCE: The Power of Pictures next to a Changing Waterfront

The show is a reminder of the power of still photos to explore and explain, especially events that blend history with natural phenomena. Much of the exhibit consists of photo essays reminiscent of extinct magazines like Life.

Ground Zero For Seattle Public Spaces: The Conflict That Is Occidental Park

The park reflects our best urban dreams and harshest economic realities. During our extended coronavirus shutdown Occidental Park is strangely unoccupied, just like much of Seattle. It’s also unwatched and ungoverned.

Un-Touristed, The Real Pike Place Market Revealed

The Market now shows its good architectural bones. In a few years, it will be the key linkage for a walk from Capitol Hill to the historic waterfront.

A Building That Is What It Does: UW’s New Life Sciences Center

Is it good architecture? Yes, very. The UW is joining the larger corporate and scientific world, and the Life Sciences Building is what it does. It makes knowledge workers happy and productive.

Seattle’s Asian Art Museum Discreetly Upsizes: Not Just A Connoisseur’s Jewel Box

What's new is the way the museum now opens up to views of the park. The addition stands behind and to one side, taking advantage of a dip in the ground level on the east side.

A Seattle Forester Sizes Up The Culture Wars on Australian Fires

Fires and fire conditions are the new normal, and not just in Australia. So is controversy about causes and prevention of the fires.

I-5 Seattle Mess: Don’t Just Lid It

“The execution of I-5 was a mistake. The challenge before us is to maintain the vital connection I-5 provides, but also heal the damage [on Seattle] its construction inflicted.”

Will Affordable, Small, Auxiliary Housing Ever Make It Into Seattle’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?

Thanks to neighborhood resistance, the city added crippling requirements to the law that made it impractical and maddeningly complex for existing owners to finance and build these auxiliary units.

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