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Saturday, September 12 • 10:00am - 6:00pm
BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Beyond Another Brick in the Wall: Design For Equity in Education

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Whether we are cognizant of it or not, each of us is regularly and significantly impacted by education and the effects of its design and position in our world. Though access to quality education is imperfectly and unequally distributed, educational identity often affects economic prosperity, social mobility, and complicated, sometimes externally-driven, definitions of self worth. The critical questions we must all ask are: What does it mean to design for equity in education, and how can we create this environment?


Through traversing this series of installations, participants interact with a broad education ecosystem that they have inherently inhabited but have only been able to fully identify in narrow interactions and by way of decidedly unequal lenses. The four educational spaces spark curiosity and engagement, embodying the macro-to-micro educational ecosystem: from the self, to the home, into the instructional space, and across the community, individuals and groups are inspired to consider how they interact with education and how this system is designed to promote or inhibit equity.


This system of installations are accessibly located around the block party space and are designed for visitors of all ages. This installation is part of a larger program, including a conference panel taking place at noon on September 19, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library.

Print by United Repographics
Coffee by Zeitgeist Coffee 
Blooms by Petal City
Design and content support from: Ashley Brinster, Claudia Lofton, Sam Schryver

Live Performance Art by:
Lenna Kai
Alex Brubacher 
Cornelius Brudi
Nina Shen Rastogi and Marc Berger
JD Scholten
Justis Phillips
Jeff Busby
Matthew Rowe

Special thanks to:
Michael Ellsworth and Molly Derse of Civilization
Nick Gesualdi of Creature 

Program Partners
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Ashley Branca

Closing Party Coordinator, Seattle Design Festival
Ashley Branca believes that quality education for all is a human right, and she is glad to know she is not alone. Ashley lives and works in Seattle, WA, where rapid development continues to bring this issue to the fore. She is proud to be part of a dream team of thinkers and doers... Read More →
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FORMA Construction Company
Established in 1985, FORMA Construction specializes in the Education sector--partnering with design teams, school districts and local colleges to deliver responsive educational spaces through a truly collaborative process. Our recent school projects include the award-winning Mercer... Read More →
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SRG Partnership

SRG’s mission is to consistently and increasingly provide colleagues, clients and community with a truly elevated experience. SRG values the time, opinions and contributions of colleagues, maintaining a culture of curiosity, staying humble and open, and sharing new trends or movements... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104