Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm
Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Design Festival events are free and require no RSVP unless otherwise noted.
In discussing this year’s theme of Design for Equity, our team felt that a significant source for inequity in our community is the zoning map. Very present in the news with recent code changes and corresponding debate, zoning emerged for our office as a complex subject to explore. We hope to illuminate the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing.
Through a graphic and sculptural installation in our office’s storefront in Pioneer Square, questions will be posed: what does zoning look like now? What would Seattle look like if the zoning map changed and building types intermixed? How would that impact community? How would such changes affect neighborhood character, demographics, property values? How could zoning actively improve equity in Seattle?
Exhibited in our windows will be a series of maps showing, in addition to zoning, information such as height, bulk, transit, race, cost, etc. In concert with the mapping studies will be abstract sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, will represent zoning and related size requirements -- they will show what an existing neighborhood looks like and also provide the opportunity to move blocks around and wonder what could this neighborhood look like.
The window installation will be informative and provocative as well as an engaging and colorful exhibition to share with the street and community. A sculptural section will sit outside our windows and allow passersby to participate.
We are hosting an open house and panel discussion on Tuesday, September 22 to invite the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. Panelists will include:
Rick Mohler, Mohler + Ghillino Architects, University of Washington
Mike O'Brien, Seattle City Council
Tim Parham, Plymouth Housing
Gundula Proksch, University of Washington
Bradley Wilburn, Department of Planning and Development