Homeless Remembrance Project: 10 Years of Collaborative Public Process

Registration Eligibility
2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference
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Human beings by their very nature need to give space to their grief and mourning and to celebrate all human life. These fundamental needs are no different for homeless people than they are for people of means. The Homeless Remembrance Project grew out of WHEEL/Women in Black silent vigils to remember the over 450 homeless people who died outside or by violence in King County during the past 12 years. The Homeless Place of Remembrance Committee was organized in 2003, joining together with community and church-affiliated supporters and design professionals with the common goal of creating a place of remembrance in a public location in downtown Seattle that would bring attention to this public problem as well as providing a place to gather and celebrate these important lives. The resulting 'Tree of Life' was dedicated in October 2012 in Victor Steinbrueck Park as the centerpiece to a continually growing, City wide, right-of-way installation of 130 bronze leaves in six different neighborhoods, each bearing the name of a homeless person who has died outside of shelter or by violence in King County. This panel discussion will describe the process of bringing this project to fruition; from public outreach to the homeless community, neighbors, and merchants, to the of collaboration between the Committee, project designers Karen Kiest, Kim Lokan, public artist Clark Wiegman, and multiple public agencies including Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks Department, Seattle Department of Transportation, Department of Neighborhoods, and the Pike Place Market Historical Commission.
Seattle, WA
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Parks & Recreation
Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Gain understanding of process of coordinating with multiple public agencies. Discuss issues of social equity in public spaces, implications for urban design and how public space can be used in multiple ways. Understand resources available for fundraising for public projects/art installations.
Dakota Keene, Carol Cameron, Karen Kiest, Kelly Davidson
Course Codes
Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, WASLA

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