Presently, we are re-grouping, reading, discussing, and focusing on our day jobs. Here are two recent articles from Bo on the semantics of density and the relationships between neighborhoods and small-scale developers.
Bo is currently an affordable housing developer at Beacon Development Group and project manages the senior housing portion of the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance development project. Brian is an independent consultant, whose current and past clients include Lake Union Partners, Barrientos LLC, and Evolution Projects.
In 2012, we hosted a community conversation with candidates for public office in Seattle on how to better advance the cause of socially responsible development. [URL]
Brian’s 2012 master’s thesis analyzes re-development incentives and their suitability in the International District’s historic core, in light of social structures and owner objectives. [PDF]
Bo’s 2011 master’s thesis is a history of community dialogue in the re-design of Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park, interpreted through the lens of local power structure. [PDF]
Bo Zhang (resume) and Brian Kalthoff (resume) are two Seattle residents in the real estate industry. We began this page as students at the University of Washington, on our desire to better understand the efforts of thoughtful developers who wish to better serve the neighborhoods they care about.
We’re most interested in the corners of the real estate industry that intersect with community development and neighborhood-level social structure. We believe that real estate developers are accountable for the block-by-block demographics that contribute to public life, and that this power can be better utilized in collaboration with the communities that developers serve.