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#SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY  |  SEPTEMBER 12-25

Block Party
Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104

PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm
Citywide

Conference
Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Partner Programs
Daily
Citywide 

Closing Party
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 

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Saturday, September 12
 

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY - #SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY

Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13
10 am - 6pm
Occidental Mall and Park, 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A full listing
 of installations, exhibits and performances on display during the SDF Block Party can be found here.

The 4th annual Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating Seattle's diverse design community hosted on Occidental Ave S in Pioneer Square.  This fun outdoor event serves as the kickoff to the two week Seattle Design Festival and is an opportunity for the design community to come together and interact with the public in a public space.  Large scale design installations, performances and design activities will take place throughout each day.  The installations are designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.   


Program Partners
avatar for Design In Public

Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →




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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - CityArts
City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards and Genre Bender.

Program Partners
avatar for CityArts Magazine

CityArts Magazine

City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards and Genre Bender.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Get Gardening!
Get ready to get gardening! Architects Without Borders – Seattle is excited to present the results from our recent mobile urban garden design/build competition! Urban garden beds provide access to fresh food, regardless of location and available outdoor space. These garden beds can also help eliminate food deserts in urban neighborhoods, where there is little access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. All the entry competition boards and instructions will be on display for you to learn how to build you own unique garden bed and the winners of the competition will be chosen during the festival. You can find out more info on the competition at www.awb-seattle.org/projects/get-gardening. Come see what design can do to help provide access to fresh food in our local neighborhoods and get gardening! 

Program Partners
avatar for Architects Without Borders

Architects Without Borders

Architects Without Borders
Architects Without Borders-Seattle volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Imagine Africatown: #HackingGentrification
"Imagine Africatown" Design Charette is an invitation to join in imagine a healthy and vibrant African American and African diaspora community in the historically African American Central District of Seattle.

Come and add to our collective vision board.  What would you like to have in honor of the African American and global African diaspora experience?  Is it a music venue inspired by the black music legacy from Seattle to Motown to New York to New Orleans? Is it an art galley or school inspired by Jacob Lawrence and James Washington Jr?

What would you see, hear, do, feel, taste in a place that is inspired by the beauty, brilliance and resilience of African people in America and abroad? 

Program Partners
KW

K. Wyking Garrett

Strategist, Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association
A social entrepreneur and change agent, K. Wyking Garrett is the founding director of Umoja PEACE Center, catalyst for Africatown Seattle community development initative and a co-organizer of Hack The CD. As a recognized change agent, Wyking was the recipient of the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award and is an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission. He is also principal consulting of Remix Marketing... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - People's Choice Urban Design Awards

Have an open conversation about the design of projects in Seattle and cast your vote. Visit our booth and get information about urban design and recently built Design Review projects all over Seattle.  Learn about the Design Review program, and about the processes and factors that influence urban design and development in Seattle. Reflect on design and development as it relates to equity in both the design process and project outcome, and explore what constitutes an exemplary Design Review project.


Program Partners
avatar for City of Seattle DPD Design Review

City of Seattle DPD Design Review

Local Government
Design Review is one of the tools the City uses to create a better city, by giving citizens, the Design Review Boards and DPD a voice in the design of most new multifamily and commercial buildings. Design Review promotes public involvement and communication in the planning process, develops contextual design outcomes, and offers flexibility in the application of development regulations. This is achieved by applying design guidelines... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Share the City

Seattle is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in population with over 120,000 new residents expected by 2035. Given the ongoing discussion of housing issues, residential zoning, and transportation - VIA Architecture has developed a game using Legos that asks participants to think creatively about where in the city can best accommodate growth.

With a specialization in architecture, planning, and design within an urban context, VIA's hope is to generate ideas and facilitate the discussion of creating the best city possible with Block Party thrill seekers. 


Program Partners
avatar for VIA Architecture

VIA Architecture

VIA Architecture
VIA Architecture is an architectural and urban planning firm focused on creating sustainable communities where people can live, work, play, move, and create. Our market sectors include transit facilities, multi-family housing, mixed-use developments, senior living, mid- and high-rise buildings, urban design, interior design, and community buildings for education, worship, art, and congregation. Our planning work includes integration of land use... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Tracing Equity

Trace helps us reimagine the question of equity in the design of GIS routing applications — how we might built tools for travel that prompt meaningful dialogue across social, cultural, economic and geographic difference. The application generates walking routes based on digital sketches people create and digitally mark without a map. In addition to creating walking paths, people can share their paths with others.

Instead of emphasizing transport, the project foregrounds experiences of travel. Rather than orienting toward end goals, the project supports social connections. Beyond precision and step counts, the project promotes exploration and indeterminacy. In other words, Trace asks how existing technologies might be done in different ways.

 


Program Partners
avatar for Feet First

Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
avatar for TAT Lab

TAT Lab

University of Washington
We are a group of designers, technologists and activists who aim to understand and shape how technology can be done differently.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Traveling Tinker Tank

Explore, invent and experiment at the Tinker Tank! Explore equitable design through a hands-on design challenge that’s fun for all ages. Join Pacific Science Center and IxDASeattle and get creative by imagining, crafting, testing and then refining your design solution.


Program Partners
avatar for Interaction Design Association, Seattle

Interaction Design Association, Seattle

Interaction Design Association is a member supported organization dedicated to the discipline of Interaction Design. Since its launch in 2003 it has grown to a community of 70,000 member across 173 local group. IxDA Seattle has been focused on the design community in Seattle since 2008, bringing design focused conversations to practitioners, no matter their level of expertise.
avatar for Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

For over 50 years Pacific Science Center has been bringing science to life through interactive exhibits and programming. We ignite curiosity in people of all ages and inspire creative thinking to fuel tomorrow's innovations. Our award-winning, programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - What is a Living Building?

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that is enhancing the human experience and working to preserve the planet's most precious resources. Join the International Living Future Institute (home of the LBC) staff to learn about Seattle's Living Buildings, affordable housing projects and work in the First Hill neighborhood. We want your help to make Seattle an inclusive and robust place for all; let's start the conversation. 



Program Partners
avatar for International Living Future Institute

International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is a hub for visionary programs. ILFI administer the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. ILFI is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council and the home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners. By embracing... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY EXHIBIT - King County Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan

King County is seeking input as it develops an Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.  At this exhibit and engagement station (303 Occidental), you'll be able to share your perspective on:

  • What community-scale inequities can designer practitioners help to remedy?
  • What pro-equity design practices allow designers to be part of the solution?
  • How can King County and designers better collaborate to advance equitable and socially-just communities?


Program Partners
avatar for King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County
King County is developing an Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan to guide an internal and regional progress on equity. Our SDF exhibit engages festival participants to design 'pro-equity interventions' that may be advanced by local government, community organizations, and professionals who are designing projects for public, private and civic sector clients.


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Footworks Physical Therapy 303 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Beyond Another Brick in the Wall: Design For Equity in Education

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.

Featuring:
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
avatar for FORMA

FORMA

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 Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, a new STEM building at Grays Harbor College, a $45M K-12 campus for the Clover Park School District, and a new... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Branca

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 who are moving design for equity in education from a concept to a concrete reality. Pun intended. | contact: ambranca@gmail.com
avatar for SRG Partnership

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 in design with one another. SRG values clients' time, opinions and ideas, while being thorough and rigorous in their inquiry. SRG is constantly looking for... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Butt Boards
A small installation of unique, colorful seat/perch that are carved from broken and cast off skateboards, designed and layered to feature the colorful and use-etched top and bottom surfaces, as well as the colorful laminated edges. Skateboards not only refer to the ubiquitous urban subculture, and provide lightweight and very durable material, but they also signal the sharing of the sharing of the skateboarders beloved material (the board) with others in the neighborhood who may be elderly and otherwise frail; signaling an intergenerational loop of sharing and gift.  If the city is for everyone, we need more opportunities to rest.

 

Program Partners
avatar for HSquareDesign

HSquareDesign

Artist, HSquareDesign & Art
In researching for this project, I gained a new and deep deep respect for the physics, discipline and spirit of mastery of the urban skateboarder. Using only donated recycled, cracked and broken cast-off skateboards, this seating has been created to provide opportunities for rest and reflection for people of all ages and levels of mobility.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Changemakers Exhibit: Cultivating food equity through design

This is "Design for Good" in action.

Join us at the Changemakers exhibit and engage in a learning experience that addresses opportunities for equity in our food economy; the socioeconomic effects it has on Seattle families; and the people that are dedicated to tackling these complex issues head on. 

The Changemakers exhibit explores:

  • Helping underserved communities build small business owners; 
  • Access to grocery stores in non affluent neighborhoods (food deserts); 
  • Using crowd sourcing to help starving families; 
  • Fair pay for farmers and labor; 
  • Pollution from the industrial food system; 
  • Alternative market places for local farmers to sell; 
  • The re-design of government assistance programs (SNAP/Food Stamps); 
  • Wasted food due to lack of consumer access; 


What is the Changemakers Series about?

This year, AIGA Seattle launched it's Changemakers Series; an annual initiative that pairs local designers with Seattle based social impact organizations. The response from our community has been overwhelming. Over 50 designers have been paired with 8 different non-profits, start-ups and government organizations, that are focusing on solving problems related to our theme for this year; “food”. By teaching and applying Design Thinking, we are creating tools that help these organizations better serve their communities and impact peoples lives here in Seattle. You can learn more about these problems and organizations that are helping by visiting our installation. 

 


Program Partners
avatar for AIGA Seattle

AIGA Seattle

We are a community of creative pioneers, harnessing the power of design to build a better future. We constantly explore and leverage the physical and digital landscapes, by engaging people through design-related programming. | | We are designers, strategists, writers, developers, students, educators, directors and volunteers. We call the Pacific Northwest Home. We are AIGA Seattle.



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - I <3 This Place

Due to unforseen circumstances, "I <3 This Place" will not appear at the Block Party.
Please look for it at future preservation programs - we look forward to your participation!

Share why you love Pioneer Square! 

A divide exists between the preservation movement, those concerned about the pace of development in our city, and the affordable housing, anti-gentrification, and sustainability movements. At the core of all of the movements is a love of place, the places that define our neighborhoods. This installation is a demonstration of that love and aims to bridge the divide.

 Beyond Integrity is the 4Culture task force sponsoring the installation. The social experiment centers around rethinking how we as society decide what places are worth saving. Architectural significance and integrity are often used to define a “landmark.” But, the hypothesis behind this installation is that most people connect to place for deeply personal reasons that go beyond architecture. We are bringing the conversation to the streets of Seattle by asking you to complete the following sentence: "I <3 this place because __________ .” First stop, Pioneer Square!


Program Partners
avatar for 4Culture

4Culture

non-profit organization, 4Culture
4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.
avatar for Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle

For the mutual pride and benefit of all citizens and to foster a more livable environment, Historic Seattle protects Seattle’s architectural heritage through educational programs, advocacy, and the preservation of buildings and cultural landscapes.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED

Program Partners
avatar for Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Refractor
An inflated space for connection and reflection made from recycled materials and reflective mylar. The floor features a vibrant mural by Lina Cholewinski painted on repurposed cardboard. This pop-up space will be used as a gathering place, an art gallery, playroom, mobile theater and more during the block party. After the festival REFRACTOR will be visiting many of Seattle's neighborhoods in locations, and with uses, that we'll be asking Block Party attendees help us identify.

Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Design Nerds

Seattle Design Nerds

non-profit organization
The Seattle Design Nerds are an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to design in the public realm. We focus on making exciting things for the public that can be experienced in unexpected ways and locations.



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Room for Common Ground

Room for Common Ground invites participants into an experiential encounter with equity. Harnessing the levelling power of play within a universally designed inverted ball pit, opportunities to engage, connect, and have fun abound! All festival goers are invited to take part and contribute to this unique experience.


Program Partners
avatar for MAKERS

MAKERS

MAKERS architecture and urban design was founded in 1972 with the expressed purpose of applying urban design concepts and techniques to complex civic problems. With the objective of initiating effective action to address real issues, MAKERS employs a strategic approach focused on implementation by solving the fundamental challenges inherent in each project.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Smaller Smarter Pavilion

This interactive installation invites festival attendees to creatively and dynamically define a space to share with others. The objective is to engage the community in a conversation about small living in Seattle and how the spaces we live in today can and will change in the future. We see this installation as a mobile educational outreach tool with a focus about small /smart living. We want to raise questions of what this installation is or what it could be. Is it a house, backyard cottage, temporary shelter, tiny home, ADU, shed, tent, etc? The installation will move around different areas and neighborhoods of the city to engage the public and get feedback and response.


Program Partners
avatar for Smaller Smarter Design Team + Walsh Construction

Smaller Smarter Design Team + Walsh Construction

Smaller Smarter is a group of designers, planners and dreamers interested in investigating innovative and equitable housing solutions for Seattle. We are doing so with the assistance of Walsh Construction Co. which is sponsoring the installation. 



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Threshold of Equity

Threshold of Equity is an object in space that represents the crossing of a boundary. The threshold in this installation is a door, a universal boundary that we interact with everyday independent of culture, age, religion, race, gender or ability. We  have taken this object out of its usual context and placed it in the public realm.  We invite visitors to cross the threshold and engage with the barrier by sharing their ideas on equity. The interactive installation will provoke question and thought. Each personal experience through the Threshold of Equity will unite the community into a collective whole.


Program Partners
avatar for Saucy Studio

Saucy Studio

Saucy Studio is a group of graduate students who design and build. We get excited about context-driven design responses that enhance communities, and that inspire thought and creativity. We are explorers, thinkers and innovators that are working together to test ideas through making. Creating at various scales, we aim to instigate positive change in the public realm.


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Transient Youth

Is public space truly equitable? What makes public space comfortable, safe and inviting to all? By teaming up with some of YouthCare’s adolescents and the general public, Miller Hayashi Architects and YouthCare challenge the notion of equitable public space. Both the youth and the general public are invited to answer some simple questions such as: What/Where is equitable space in Seattle; What/Where is not an equitable space in Seattle; What are the qualities of equitable space for you? By gathering these answers, we hope to visually create a physical forum that displays everyone’s thoughts on spatial equity in the public realm. 



Program Partners
avatar for YouthCare

YouthCare

non-profit organization
YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
avatar for Miller Hayashi Architects

Miller Hayashi Architects

Miller Hayashi Architects/YouthCare
Miller Hayashi Architects: | Miller Hayashi Architects is committed to a vision of architecture as an inclusive social art. We find the substance of architecture in the experience of a site, in the patterns of life and in the craft of construction. Our projects range in scale from the civic to the personal. We practice a hands-on approach of principal involvement in all phases of a project. We listen carefully to owners, building users and the... Read More →


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Your Name and Something Beautiful

Equity is a big and complex idea; its relationship to design perhaps only complicating how one defines the word or identifies with the concept. This installation however, intends to be small and straightforward, picking one path within this labyrinthine idea. That path is about connection and ways in which human beings can relate to each other and to design as a means to enhance our community.  

For this installation, two pieces of information are being solicited: your name and something you identify as beautiful. Names are important. Everyone has one. Your name represents a way to identify you independent of any other information other than that you are a human being. A name is democratic in that way while at the same time being uniquely individual. Although quotidian and seemingly inconsequential, acknowledging someone by their name is in fact a very humanizing gesture.

Our perception of what is beautiful is similarly equalizing and idiosyncratic. Beautiful can describe an infinitely diverse group of things. However, a beautiful object, whatever it may be, has the capacity to elicit a response in its viewer; regardless of viewer’s background, gender, race, education, means, or even understanding of the object at hand. A beautiful object has the capacity to be enhancing in ways that can be both personal and shared.

Providing those two pieces of information creates an opportunity for connection and embodies the broader idea of the installation. In finding points of connection with others, we find same-ness in difference. We learn. We are enhanced. Our contributions to our communities become better: more intelligent, more empathetic, more beautiful. In design, there is opportunity to employ this enhanced self.

After all connections are made, all taped lines struck from one dot to another, the panel will be painted and all dots and tape removed, leaving an artifact of connections made, an art object. Created in an unforeseeable way, with the minimal constituent parts of color and line, the object suggests that perhaps equity can be less big, less complex. Perhaps it can be simple: your name, something beautiful, a connection.


Program Partners
avatar for Dinah Dimalanta

Dinah Dimalanta

Dinah is a designer living and working in Seattle. Follow the project on instagram @yournameandsomethingbeautiful


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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - PicoFarm
 This years installation will include a modular, three-function, mobile farm. The mobile garden will feature garden modules, composting modules, and mobile tool shed - all covered by a unique canopy. Each 4x4 module is a self-supporting, self-sustaining object easily transported, assembled, and accessed. This project will feature information on constructing your own PicoFarm, diagrams explaining the garden ecosystem, and our buddy, the Earthworm, will be on-site and ready to work & play. 

Program Partners
avatar for Alleycat Acres

Alleycat Acres

Alleycat Acres
Alleycat Acres exisits to (re)connect people, place + produce through transforming underutilized urban space and creating a network of neighborhood run farms. In other words, we make farms happen.How we do it: We work with private landowners to who are interested in donating a plot of land to be used for greater community involvement to negotiate agreements for use of the space as a community run farm. We facilitate community meetings in... Read More →
avatar for Pike Place Farmer's Market

Pike Place Farmer's Market

Pike Place Farmer's Market
Pike Place Market was founded in 1907 to provide a place for farmers and customers to meet directly. Farmers continue to sell their locally grown produce and products to shoppers seven days a week, 362 days a year.  | In order to maintain our heritage as a vibrant farmers market, the Pike Place Market recognizes the importance of making sure farmland is available for generations to come, and that farmers can operate sustainable... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Howard S. Wright

Howard S. Wright

Howard S. Wright
Howard S. Wright's success is constructed on the values, principles and vision of the man whose name we proudly bear. Our dedication to quality, efficiency and economy has helped Howard S. Wright grow into one of the West Coast’s leading contractors.



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - Skate Like A Girl Pavilion
Established in Olympia, WA in 2000 as an unincorporated association, Skate Like a Girl is a volunteer driven organization founded by Holly Sheehan and Fleur Larsen.  Skate Like a Girl serves all ages and all abilities through skateboarding and educational programs in our chapter cities and the surrounding areas.   
This pavilion is bringing that positive, educational culture to the Block Party to encourage and empower the public to participate in skateboarding. The installation will feature three fundamental skateboarding movements, accessible to all, allongside engaging info-graphics. 

Program Partners
avatar for Skate Like A Girl

Skate Like A Girl

Skate Like A Girl
Established in Olympia, WA in 2000 as an unincorporated association, Skate Like a Girl is a volunteer driven organization founded by Holly Sheehan and Fleur Larsen.  Skate Like a Girl serves all ages and all abilities through skateboarding and educational programs in our chapter cities and the surrounding areas.

Sponsors
avatar for Lease Crutcher Lewis

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lewis is the builder of choice with the best talent in the industry. We deliver construction services of exceptional value for our clients. | | At Lease Crutcher Lewis, where every employee is an owner, our people are personally invested in your success and empowered to take swift action to meet your goals. We understand that in construction even the smallest of details affect the integrity of the work and the safety of our sites. That's why... Read More →



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - Universal Play Kiosk
The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative environments that truly integrate children and adults with special needs. This configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating the equal participation of all, regardless of ability. Come experience the large activity center, the wide space among tables accommodating wheelchairs or other assistive devices, the adjustable table tops for easy access to materials, the transparency in tabletops allowing participants to view the games from a multitude of angles. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, accommodating whoever might show up. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION: Pavilion of Stories
This pavilion will provide a diagram of stories, immigrant trajectories, and your Seattle neighborhood all through a built installation emphasizing: 
- empathy through participation & learning of fellow's stories
- participants map their roots and compare to fellows
- create excitement by asking participants to "vote" on where to build a market
- broadcast #buildthemarket hashtag 

Program Partners
avatar for Martketshare

Martketshare

Marketshare
To build an international food market in Seattle that empowers food entrepreneurs from immigrant and refugee communities. MarketShare is an IRS approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. In Seattle, our neighbors come from around the world and bring with them all the unique flavors of their culinary backgrounds. A single Seattle ZIP code, 98118, was recognized by the 2010 US Census as one of the most diverse in America, with at least 59... Read More →

Sponsors
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Mallet Inc

Mallet Inc
The Design/Build Value Proposition The foundation of every successful project is team-work. Successful-built-projects require early and constant collaboration between owners, designers and construction professionals in order to achieve the highest degree of overall project-goal realization at the lowest possible cost. Our projects are intelligently designed, professionally managed and built with the attention to detail that is the hallmark of... Read More →



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

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION: Seattle Waterfont - Slices Through Time

This installation attempts to expose the memory of the literal edge of Downtown Seattle by showcasing slices through time. We want to evoke the memory of the people who have lived here through the ages, from the Duwamish to the industrial colonialist, to the present and future. The installation attempts to dig through the evolution of the site, gain back some of what we’ve lost, and to expose a palimpsest of waterfront development. 

The installation attempts to hold the dialectic of the natural versus the built. In a sense, the waterfront is evidence of the manmade carving into the natural. Through this process, what have we lost? What have we gained? Progress is not always loss - or is it? 

Waterfront - It’s About Time slices perpendicularly from neighbourhood to water. We hope that visitors will be able to literally feel this perpendicular connection with their hands, elbows, bums, knees, feet. 

 


Program Partners
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Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
SW

Seattle Waterfront Symposium

A program that will show how public and private stakeholders, as well as social services groups, are an integral part of the City of Seattle’s vision for a Waterfront for All.

Sponsors
avatar for PL Concord Construction

PL Concord Construction

PL Concord Construction
PL Concord is a full-service general contractor and construction management company. Our dedicated team members provide the highest level of pre-construction, construction management, design-build services, and general.



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

10:05am

TOUR - Pike/Pine Tour: Change on an Urban Scale

Tour begins on Capitol Hill, on the Seattle Central Community College Campus, outside the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway.

This urban neighborhood is in the midst of a building boom, and some fear Pike/Pine’s unique character is under threat. From its beginnings as a quiet residential district to its time as Seattle’s first ‘Auto Row’ and its later role as the heart of the local LGBT community, Pike/Pine has always been defined by change. Its story is written in the buildings and streetscapes that help give the neighborhood its character. Can this character be preserved amidst all the new development? Decide for yourself as we explore the past, present, and future of one of Seattle’s most dynamic districts.

Parking can be found at the Seattle Central Community College parking lots and garages. The Harvard Garage is located at 1609 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Any of the #10, 11 or 49 buses departing from the Downtown area, will be able to get you right outside Seattle Central Community College.

This tour involves moderate walking with minor hills/stairs and some maneuvering due to construction.  This cost of the tour is normally $15, but to make it accessible to all, a special FREE Design Festival Pass is available for this date.  Limited free tickets available, so please register in advance.


Program Partners
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Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:05am - 11:30am
Seattle Central Community College Campus, outside the Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway

10:05am

TOUR - South Lake Union/Cascade Tour: Living with Cranes
The tour will start at the REI Flagship store (on the corner of Yale Ave and John St).
This tour explores the architectural and urban design elements that contribute to a lively and livable Cascade/South Lake Union neighborhood, from “big picture” city contributions down to individual developer design decisions. With a focus on the neighborhood’s residential architecture, green spaces serving as community spaces, and history as both a mixed-use neighborhood and urban wasteland, this tour delves into the question of what makes an urban neighborhood thrive. We'll observe current construction projects, long-standing and historic structures, and the overall transformation of this ever changing neighborhood!

This tour involves moderate walking with minor hills/stairs and some maneuvering due to construction.  This cost of the tour is normally $15, but to make it accessible to all, a special FREE Design Festival Pass is available for this date.  Limited free tickets available, so please register in advance.

Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:05am - 12:05pm
Meet at Corner of Yale Ave & John St (next to REI store) Yale Ave and John St

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 19.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe UmbriaClementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!

 


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
avatar for Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - In Transit: Fundamental shift in housing typologies
In-Transit is a collaboration between Heather Pogue and Jonathan Zegers, two architects in Seattle who are curious about housing development and how it fundamentally shapes and impacts our lives.  This vignette is an art installation of research made into visual information.  

On the cusp of the public release of Mayor Ed Murray's HALA zoning plan, this is a poignant moment to address the future roadmap to managing and improving Seattle's density and growth.

You can view the installation at the Lusty Lady Storefront on 1st Ave, just across from the Seattle Art Museum. 

Program Partners
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SeattleDensity

Co-founder, In-transit Vignettes
Contact: Heather Pogue & Jonathan Zegers | | We are two architects working in Seattle and collaborate on our side project: in-transit vignettes that investigates the current development trends, livability of the city and impacts that planning efforts have on our daily lives.


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:05am - 11:05pm
Lusty Lady Storefront 1323 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

10:30am

TOUR - Rolling Walkshop of Pioneer Square and International District
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will leave you with a better understanding of the inequities of our built environment for people with disabilities. Whether you are in the design field, a planner, an educator, an advocate, or community member, you will experience first hand the challenges to get around as a person who is deaf, blind, or someone who has physical limitations. This unique walkshop showcases the Pioneer Square and the Chinatown International District neighborhoods and the opportunity to be more interconnected through the use of Universal Design principles, which include:
  • equitable use
  • flexibility in use
  • simple and intuitive use
  • perceptible information
  • tolerance for error
  • low physical effort
  • size and space for approach and use

In just over one hour, get a snapshot of large and small design elements that make walking and rolling nearly impossible for all ages and abilities to equitably use our transportation system. Join us as we collectively advocate for achieving a broader perspective to design and policy. Participants will also learn from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s ADA Coordinator about the City’s ADA Transition Plan and steps it is taking to ensure all places are safe, inviting, and accessible for people.

Tours have a limited capacity of 20. Reserve your spot using the RSVP link.

Location Details
The tour will leave from the outdoor plaza of the King Street Station (303 South Jackson Street) 


Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

The mission of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.   Through neighborhood revitalization projects – providing culturally-competent senior services, affordable housing, property management assistance, economic development efforts, and hosting... Read More →
avatar for Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in our community since 1918.
avatar for Feet First

Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
avatar for Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →
avatar for Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four modes of transportation (freight, pedestrians, transit, and bicycles) that results in a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
King Street Station 303 South Jackson Street

12:30pm

TOUR - Rolling Walkshop of Pioneer Square and International District
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will leave you with a better understanding of the inequities of our built environment for people with disabilities. Whether you are in the design field, a planner, an educator, an advocate, or community member, you will experience first hand the challenges to get around as a person who is deaf, blind, or someone who has physical limitations. This unique walkshop showcases the Pioneer Square and the Chinatown International District neighborhoods and the opportunity to be more interconnected through the use of Universal Design principles, which include:
  • equitable use
  • flexibility in use
  • simple and intuitive use
  • perceptible information
  • tolerance for error
  • low physical effort
  • size and space for approach and use

In just over one hour, get a snapshot of large and small design elements that make walking and rolling nearly impossible for all ages and abilities to equitably use our transportation system. Join us as we collectively advocate for achieving a broader perspective to design and policy. Participants will also learn from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s ADA Coordinator about the City’s ADA Transition Plan and steps it is taking to ensure all places are safe, inviting, and accessible for people.

Tours have a limited capacity of 20. Reserve your spot using the RSVP link.

Location Details
The tour will leave from the outdoor plaza of the King Street Station (303 South Jackson Street) 


Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

The mission of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.   Through neighborhood revitalization projects – providing culturally-competent senior services, affordable housing, property management assistance, economic development efforts, and hosting... Read More →
avatar for Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in our community since 1918.
avatar for Feet First

Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
avatar for Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →
avatar for Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four modes of transportation (freight, pedestrians, transit, and bicycles) that results in a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
King Street Station 303 South Jackson Street

3:00pm

BLOCK PARTY ACTIVITY - Ask More: Group Blues Lesson + Social Dance

Ask More is a space for SDF goers to physically partner with all bodies and genders in an open-invite, fun partner dance setting. An hour-long drop-in intro to blues dance lesson (no partner required) will be followed by an hour social dance.

Lesson will cover partner dance basics, breaking down assumptions about dance role based on gender, and invoke the practice of asking more questions—verbally and nonverbally—to share a dance full of enthusiastic consent.


Program Partners
avatar for Leah Vendl

Leah Vendl

Dance Teacher, Organizer & DJ
Leah Vendl is an improviser, dance adventurer, and organizing member of Recess Productions who has taught and DJ'd blues and alt-blues events across the US, in the UK and France. Leah uses she/her/hers pronouns. She has been partner dancing for a decade and believes social dance can empower a diversity of voices and bodies. She teaches a role-fluid, consent-based dance practice.


Saturday September 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

4:00pm

EXHIBITION - Martyr Sauce Presents
September 12- 13 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Fashion and food collide during the Seattle Design Festival Block Party… Martyr Sauce is excited to feature two of Seattle’s most celebrated and community-minded artists in their respective fields.

Erika Massaquoi - The OULA Company www.theoulacompany.com
Curator-turned-designer Erika Dalya Massaquoi will show vintage West African textiles from her nascent ready-to-wear line, The Oula Company. Oula’s colorful West African and Indian textiles will be “upcycled” into a beautifully crafted quilt and exhibited at Martyr Sauce. Massaquoi received a doctorate in cinema studies at New York University and held positions in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York before relocating to Seattle and establishing Oula in 2014. “Disguise,” an exhibit on traditional masks and contemporary African art that Massaquoi co-curated for the Seattle Art Museum, is on view through Sept. 7.

Tarik Abdullah – A DJ and a Cook www.adjandacook.wordpress.com
Seattle chef Tarik Abdullah has been featured on ABC’s “The Taste” and Vice’s “Munchies,” and celebs like world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain sing his praises. Abdullah shares his gifts with the community by teaching cooking classes for kids, and through his pop-up dining series, A DJ and a Cook #FeedThePeople.  During the Block Party, the chef will cook up a storm at Martyr Sauce and his food will be available to purchase and enjoy.

Program Partners
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Martyr Sauce

Gallery, Martyr Sauce


Saturday September 12, 2015 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Martyr Sauce 122 S Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

EXHIBITION - Portraits of Architects Gallery Opening

In order to capture the momentum of both the Seattle Design Festival and the AIA national Women's Leadership Summit happening this September 2015 in Seattle, the AIA Women in Design committee is curating an exhibit of portraits to highlight the achievements and history of female architects in the Pacific Northwest. The portraits celebrate and tell the story of the twenty-two women Fellow AIA’s honored in Seattle, and each piece is rendered by a different artist. The A Gallery, in Pioneer Square, will be hosting the Portraits of Architects exhibit from September 3rd through November 1st. After November, it is our hope to move the Portraits of Architects exhibit to different gallery spaces throughout Seattle to raise the level of discussion surrounding the role of women in architecture and leadership both locally and nationally.

  • The opening of the Portraits of Architects exhibit will coincide with the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk in the A Gallery, on Thursday September 3rd at 6pm. 
  • The main gallery reception event will take place on Saturday September 12th at 5pm, during the Festival's lively "Block Party" in Occidental Park and the surrounding Pioneer Square district. We welcome the Seattle Design Festival participants, the AIA Women in Design committee, AIA Women in Leadership Summit, the artists, the Fellow AIA’s and those from various design firms around the region to the reception to acknowledge the legacy and contribution of the twenty-two female FAIA’s to the profession of architecture.  

Program Partners
avatar for Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
avatar for AIA Women in Design

AIA Women in Design

The Women in Design Member Committee serves AIA Seattle’sMember vision. The committee celebrates women in the design professions and supports their professional development and leadership growth by providing a forum for thoughtful discussion and networking. We seek to raise the awareness and understanding of the current state of gender diversity and elevate the influence of women leaders in our profession. WHAT WE DO The Women in... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
A Gallery 117 South Main Street

6:00pm

PARTY - Hot Spot at Waterfront Park: Sunsets on the Pier DJ dance party (with Reflect Seattle)
Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Hot Spot in Waterfront Park for Sunsets on the Pier DJ dance party, free and open to the public. Featured DJs include: Gene Lee, Sean Majors, Joe Bellingham, and live visuals by Pazan. 

Hot Spot is a three-year park activation pilot presented by Friends of Waterfront Seattle preceding our central waterfront’s transformation into a 26-block park and cultural destination, with a stage designed by students from the University of Washington Master of Architecture program. Hot Spot is a place of constant change and a fresh, dynamic addition to our central waterfront that provides a preview of our urban shoreline’s future as a vibrant, dynamic park for all.

Program Partners
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Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the 501(c)(3) organization established to ensure Waterfront Seattle’s success as a beloved park. In collaboration with the City of Seattle, partner organizations, and the community at large, Friends of Waterfront Seattle is responsible for: Building awareness for Waterfront Seattle and the profound impact it will have on the city and region; Raising $80-$120 million in capital funding for the park from... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Hot Spot at Waterfront Park 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98101
 
Sunday, September 13
 

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY - #SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY

Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13
10 am - 6pm
Occidental Mall and Park, 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A full listing
 of installations, exhibits and performances on display during the SDF Block Party can be found here.

The 4th annual Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating Seattle's diverse design community hosted on Occidental Ave S in Pioneer Square.  This fun outdoor event serves as the kickoff to the two week Seattle Design Festival and is an opportunity for the design community to come together and interact with the public in a public space.  Large scale design installations, performances and design activities will take place throughout each day.  The installations are designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.  



Program Partners
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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →




Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - CityArts
City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards and Genre Bender.

Program Partners
avatar for CityArts Magazine

CityArts Magazine

City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards and Genre Bender.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Get Gardening!
Get ready to get gardening! Architects Without Borders – Seattle is excited to present the results from our recent mobile urban garden design/build competition! Urban garden beds provide access to fresh food, regardless of location and available outdoor space. These garden beds can also help eliminate food deserts in urban neighborhoods, where there is little access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. All the entry competition boards and instructions will be on display for you to learn how to build you own unique garden bed and the winners of the competition will be chosen during the festival. You can find out more info on the competition at www.awb-seattle.org/projects/get-gardening. Come see what design can do to help provide access to fresh food in our local neighborhoods and get gardening! 

Program Partners
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Architects Without Borders

Architects Without Borders
Architects Without Borders-Seattle volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Imagine Africatown: #HackingGentrification
"Imagine Africatown" Design Charette is an invitation to join in imagine a healthy and vibrant African American and African diaspora community in the historically African American Central District of Seattle.

Come and add to our collective vision board.  What would you like to have in honor of the African American and global African diaspora experience?  Is it a music venue inspired by the black music legacy from Seattle to Motown to New York to New Orleans? Is it an art galley or school inspired by Jacob Lawrence and James Washington Jr?

What would you see, hear, do, feel, taste in a place that is inspired by the beauty, brilliance and resilience of African people in America and abroad? 

Program Partners
KW

K. Wyking Garrett

Strategist, Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association
A social entrepreneur and change agent, K. Wyking Garrett is the founding director of Umoja PEACE Center, catalyst for Africatown Seattle community development initative and a co-organizer of Hack The CD. As a recognized change agent, Wyking was the recipient of the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award and is an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission. He is also principal consulting of Remix Marketing... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - People's Choice Urban Design Awards

Have an open conversation about the design of projects in Seattle and cast your vote. Visit our booth and get information about urban design and recently built Design Review projects all over Seattle.  Learn about the Design Review program, and about the processes and factors that influence urban design and development in Seattle. Reflect on design and development as it relates to equity in both the design process and project outcome, and explore what constitutes an exemplary Design Review project.


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City of Seattle DPD Design Review

Local Government
Design Review is one of the tools the City uses to create a better city, by giving citizens, the Design Review Boards and DPD a voice in the design of most new multifamily and commercial buildings. Design Review promotes public involvement and communication in the planning process, develops contextual design outcomes, and offers flexibility in the application of development regulations. This is achieved by applying design guidelines... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Share the City

Seattle is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in population with over 120,000 new residents expected by 2035. Given the ongoing discussion of housing issues, residential zoning, and transportation - VIA Architecture has developed a game using Legos that asks participants to think creatively about where in the city can best accommodate growth.

With a specialization in architecture, planning, and design within an urban context, VIA's hope is to generate ideas and facilitate the discussion of creating the best city possible with Block Party thrill seekers. 


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VIA Architecture

VIA Architecture
VIA Architecture is an architectural and urban planning firm focused on creating sustainable communities where people can live, work, play, move, and create. Our market sectors include transit facilities, multi-family housing, mixed-use developments, senior living, mid- and high-rise buildings, urban design, interior design, and community buildings for education, worship, art, and congregation. Our planning work includes integration of land use... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Tracing Equity

Trace helps us reimagine the question of equity in the design of GIS routing applications — how we might built tools for travel that prompt meaningful dialogue across social, cultural, economic and geographic difference. The application generates walking routes based on digital sketches people create and digitally mark without a map. In addition to creating walking paths, people can share their paths with others.

 

Instead of emphasizing transport, the project foregrounds experiences of travel. Rather than orienting toward end goals, the project supports social connections. Beyond precision and step counts, the project promotes exploration and indeterminacy. In other words, Trace asks how existing technologies might be done in different ways.

 


Program Partners
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Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
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TAT Lab

University of Washington
We are a group of designers, technologists and activists who aim to understand and shape how technology can be done differently.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - Traveling Tinker Tank

Explore, invent and experiment at the Tinker Tank! Explore equitable design through a hands-on design challenge that’s fun for all ages. Join Pacific Science Center and IxDASeattle and get creative by imagining, crafting, testing and then refining your design solution.


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Interaction Design Association, Seattle

Interaction Design Association is a member supported organization dedicated to the discipline of Interaction Design. Since its launch in 2003 it has grown to a community of 70,000 member across 173 local group. IxDA Seattle has been focused on the design community in Seattle since 2008, bringing design focused conversations to practitioners, no matter their level of expertise.
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Pacific Science Center

For over 50 years Pacific Science Center has been bringing science to life through interactive exhibits and programming. We ignite curiosity in people of all ages and inspire creative thinking to fuel tomorrow's innovations. Our award-winning, programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY BOOTH - What is a Living Building?

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that is enhancing the human experience and working to preserve the planet's most precious resources. Join the International Living Future Institute (home of the LBC) staff to learn about Seattle's Living Buildings, affordable housing projects and work in the First Hill neighborhood. We want your help to make Seattle an inclusive and robust place for all; let's start the conversation. 



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International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is a hub for visionary programs. ILFI administer the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. ILFI is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council and the home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners. By embracing... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY EXHIBIT - King County Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan

King County is seeking input as it develops an Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.  At this exhibit and engagement station (303 Occidental), you'll be able to share your perspective on:

  • What community-scale inequities can designer practitioners help to remedy?
  • What pro-equity design practices allow designers to be part of the solution?
  • How can King County and designers better collaborate to advance equitable and socially-just communities?


Program Partners
avatar for King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County
King County is developing an Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan to guide an internal and regional progress on equity. Our SDF exhibit engages festival participants to design 'pro-equity interventions' that may be advanced by local government, community organizations, and professionals who are designing projects for public, private and civic sector clients.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Footworks Physical Therapy 303 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Beyond Another Brick in the Wall: Design For Equity in Education

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.


Program Partners
avatar for FORMA

FORMA

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 Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, a new STEM building at Grays Harbor College, a $45M K-12 campus for the Clover Park School District, and a new... Read More →
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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 who are moving design for equity in education from a concept to a concrete reality. Pun intended. | contact: ambranca@gmail.com
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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 in design with one another. SRG values clients' time, opinions and ideas, while being thorough and rigorous in their inquiry. SRG is constantly looking for... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Butt Boards
A small installation of unique, colorful seat/perch that are carved from broken and cast off skateboards, designed and layered to feature the colorful and use-etched top and bottom surfaces, as well as the colorful laminated edges. Skateboards not only refer to the ubiquitous urban subculture, and provide lightweight and very durable material, but they also signal the sharing of the sharing of the skateboarders beloved material (the board) with others in the neighborhood who may be elderly and otherwise frail; signaling an intergenerational loop of sharing and gift.  If the city is for everyone, we need more opportunities to rest.

 

Program Partners
avatar for HSquareDesign

HSquareDesign

Artist, HSquareDesign & Art
In researching for this project, I gained a new and deep deep respect for the physics, discipline and spirit of mastery of the urban skateboarder. Using only donated recycled, cracked and broken cast-off skateboards, this seating has been created to provide opportunities for rest and reflection for people of all ages and levels of mobility.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Changemakers Exhibit: Cultivating food equity through design

This is "Design for Good" in action.

Join us at the Changemakers exhibit and engage in a learning experience that addresses opportunities for equity in our food economy; the socioeconomic effects it has on Seattle families; and the people that are dedicated to tackling these complex issues head on. 

The Changemakers exhibit explores:

  • Helping underserved communities build small business owners; 
  • Access to grocery stores in non affluent neighborhoods (food deserts); 
  • Using crowd sourcing to help starving families; 
  • Fair pay for farmers and labor; 
  • Pollution from the industrial food system; 
  • Alternative market places for local farmers to sell; 
  • The re-design of government assistance programs (SNAP/Food Stamps); 
  • Wasted food due to lack of consumer access; 


What is the Changemakers Series about?

This year, AIGA Seattle launched it's Changemakers Series; an annual initiative that pairs local designers with Seattle based social impact organizations. The response from our community has been overwhelming. Over 50 designers have been paired with 8 different non-profits, start-ups and government organizations, that are focusing on solving problems related to our theme for this year; “food”. By teaching and applying Design Thinking, we are creating tools that help these organizations better serve their communities and impact peoples lives here in Seattle. You can learn more about these problems and organizations that are helping by visiting our installation. 

 


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avatar for AIGA Seattle

AIGA Seattle

We are a community of creative pioneers, harnessing the power of design to build a better future. We constantly explore and leverage the physical and digital landscapes, by engaging people through design-related programming. | | We are designers, strategists, writers, developers, students, educators, directors and volunteers. We call the Pacific Northwest Home. We are AIGA Seattle.



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - I <3 This Place

Share why you love Pioneer Square! 

A divide exists between the preservation movement, those concerned about the pace of development in our city, and the affordable housing, anti-gentrification, and sustainability movements. At the core of all of the movements is a love of place, the places that define our neighborhoods. This installation is a demonstration of that love and aims to bridge the divide.

 Beyond Integrity is the 4Culture task force sponsoring the installation. The social experiment centers around rethinking how we as society decide what places are worth saving. Architectural significance and integrity are often used to define a “landmark.” But, the hypothesis behind this installation is that most people connect to place for deeply personal reasons that go beyond architecture. We are bringing the conversation to the streets of Seattle by asking you to complete the following sentence: "I <3 this place because __________ .” First stop, Pioneer Square!


Program Partners
avatar for 4Culture

4Culture

non-profit organization, 4Culture
4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.
avatar for Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle

For the mutual pride and benefit of all citizens and to foster a more livable environment, Historic Seattle protects Seattle’s architectural heritage through educational programs, advocacy, and the preservation of buildings and cultural landscapes.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Refractor
An inflated space for connection and reflection made from recycled materials and reflective mylar. The floor features a vibrant mural by Lina Cholewinski painted on repurposed cardboard. This pop-up space will be used as a gathering place, an art gallery, playroom, mobile theater and more during the block party. After the festival REFRACTOR will be visiting many of Seattle's neighborhoods in locations, and with uses, that we'll be asking Block Party attendees help us identify.

Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Design Nerds

Seattle Design Nerds

non-profit organization
The Seattle Design Nerds are an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to design in the public realm. We focus on making exciting things for the public that can be experienced in unexpected ways and locations.



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Room for Common Ground

Room for Common Ground invites participants into an experiential encounter with equity. Harnessing the levelling power of play within a universally designed inverted ball pit, opportunities to engage, connect, and have fun abound! All festival goers are invited to take part and contribute to this unique experience.


Program Partners
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MAKERS

MAKERS architecture and urban design was founded in 1972 with the expressed purpose of applying urban design concepts and techniques to complex civic problems. With the objective of initiating effective action to address real issues, MAKERS employs a strategic approach focused on implementation by solving the fundamental challenges inherent in each project.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Smaller Smarter Pavilion

This interactive installation invites festival attendees to creatively and dynamically define a space to share with others. The objective is to engage the community in a conversation about small living in Seattle and how the spaces we live in today can and will change in the future. We see this installation as a mobile educational outreach tool with a focus about small /smart living. We want to raise questions of what this installation is or what it could be. Is it a house, backyard cottage, temporary shelter, tiny home, ADU, shed, tent, etc? The installation will move around different areas and neighborhoods of the city to engage the public and get feedback and response.


Program Partners
avatar for Smaller Smarter Design Team + Walsh Construction

Smaller Smarter Design Team + Walsh Construction

Smaller Smarter is a group of designers, planners and dreamers interested in investigating innovative and equitable housing solutions for Seattle. We are doing so with the assistance of Walsh Construction Co. which is sponsoring the installation. 


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Threshold of Equity

Threshold of Equity is an object in space that represents the crossing of a boundary. The threshold in this installation is a door, a universal boundary that we interact with everyday.  As an object that we interact with everyday, independent of culture, age, religion, race, gender or ability, we take the object out of its usual context and place it in the public realm.  We invite visitors to cross the threshold and engage the barriers by sharing their ideas about what equity means to them. The interactive installation will provoke question and thought. Each personal experience through the Threshold of Equity will unite the community into a collective whole.


Program Partners
avatar for Saucy Studio

Saucy Studio

Saucy Studio is a group of graduate students who design and build. We get excited about context-driven design responses that enhance communities, and that inspire thought and creativity. We are explorers, thinkers and innovators that are working together to test ideas through making. Creating at various scales, we aim to instigate positive change in the public realm.


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Transient Youth

Is public space truly equitable? What makes public space comfortable, safe and inviting to all? By teaming up with some of YouthCare’s adolescents and the general public, Miller Hayashi Architects and YouthCare challenge the notion of equitable public space. Both the youth and the general public are invited to answer some simple questions such as: What/Where is equitable space in Seattle; What/Where is not an equitable space in Seattle; What are the qualities of equitable space for you? By gathering these answers, we hope to visually create a physical forum that displays everyone’s thoughts on spatial equity in the public realm. 



Program Partners
avatar for YouthCare

YouthCare

non-profit organization
YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
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Miller Hayashi Architects

Miller Hayashi Architects/YouthCare
Miller Hayashi Architects: | Miller Hayashi Architects is committed to a vision of architecture as an inclusive social art. We find the substance of architecture in the experience of a site, in the patterns of life and in the craft of construction. Our projects range in scale from the civic to the personal. We practice a hands-on approach of principal involvement in all phases of a project. We listen carefully to owners, building users and the... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - Your Name and Something Beautiful

Equity is a big and complex idea; its relationship to design perhaps only complicating how one defines the word or identifies with the concept. This installation however, intends to be small and straightforward, picking one path within this labyrinthine idea. That path is about connection and ways in which human beings can relate to each other and to design as a means to enhance our community.  

For this installation, two pieces of information are being solicited: your name and something you identify as beautiful. Names are important. Everyone has one. Your name represents a way to identify you independent of any other information other than that you are a human being. A name is democratic in that way while at the same time being uniquely individual. Although quotidian and seemingly inconsequential, acknowledging someone by their name is in fact a very humanizing gesture.

Our perception of what is beautiful is similarly equalizing and idiosyncratic. Beautiful can describe an infinitely diverse group of things. However, a beautiful object, whatever it may be, has the capacity to elicit a response in its viewer; regardless of viewer’s background, gender, race, education, means, or even understanding of the object at hand. A beautiful object has the capacity to be enhancing in ways that can be both personal and shared.

Providing those two pieces of information creates an opportunity for connection and embodies the broader idea of the installation. In finding points of connection with others, we find same-ness in difference. We learn. We are enhanced. Our contributions to our communities become better: more intelligent, more empathetic, more beautiful. In design, there is opportunity to employ this enhanced self.

After all connections are made, all taped lines struck from one dot to another, the panel will be painted and all dots and tape removed, leaving an artifact of connections made, an art object. Created in an unforeseeable way, with the minimal constituent parts of color and line, the object suggests that perhaps equity can be less big, less complex. Perhaps it can be simple: your name, something beautiful, a connection.


Program Partners
avatar for Dinah Dimalanta

Dinah Dimalanta

Dinah is a designer living and working in Seattle. Follow the project on instagram @yournameandsomethingbeautiful


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - PicoFarm
 This years installation will include a modular, three-function, mobile farm. The mobile garden will feature garden modules, composting modules, and mobile tool shed - all covered by a unique canopy. Each 4x4 module is a self-supporting, self-sustaining object easily transported, assembled, and accessed. This project will feature information on constructing your own PicoFarm, diagrams explaining the garden ecosystem, and our buddy, the Earthworm, will be on-site and ready to work & play. 

Program Partners
avatar for Alleycat Acres

Alleycat Acres

Alleycat Acres
Alleycat Acres exisits to (re)connect people, place + produce through transforming underutilized urban space and creating a network of neighborhood run farms. In other words, we make farms happen.How we do it: We work with private landowners to who are interested in donating a plot of land to be used for greater community involvement to negotiate agreements for use of the space as a community run farm. We facilitate community meetings in... Read More →
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Pike Place Farmer's Market

Pike Place Farmer's Market
Pike Place Market was founded in 1907 to provide a place for farmers and customers to meet directly. Farmers continue to sell their locally grown produce and products to shoppers seven days a week, 362 days a year.  | In order to maintain our heritage as a vibrant farmers market, the Pike Place Market recognizes the importance of making sure farmland is available for generations to come, and that farmers can operate sustainable... Read More →

Sponsors
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Howard S. Wright

Howard S. Wright
Howard S. Wright's success is constructed on the values, principles and vision of the man whose name we proudly bear. Our dedication to quality, efficiency and economy has helped Howard S. Wright grow into one of the West Coast’s leading contractors.



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - Skate Like A Girl Pavilion
Established in Olympia, WA in 2000 as an unincorporated association, Skate Like a Girl is a volunteer driven organization founded by Holly Sheehan and Fleur Larsen.  Skate Like a Girl serves all ages and all abilities through skateboarding and educational programs in our chapter cities and the surrounding areas.   
This pavilion is bringing that positive, educational culture to the Block Party to encourage and empower the public to participate in skateboarding. The installation will feature three fundamental skateboarding movements, accessible to all, allongside engaging info-graphics. 

Program Partners
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Skate Like A Girl

Skate Like A Girl
Established in Olympia, WA in 2000 as an unincorporated association, Skate Like a Girl is a volunteer driven organization founded by Holly Sheehan and Fleur Larsen.  Skate Like a Girl serves all ages and all abilities through skateboarding and educational programs in our chapter cities and the surrounding areas.

Sponsors
avatar for Lease Crutcher Lewis

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lewis is the builder of choice with the best talent in the industry. We deliver construction services of exceptional value for our clients. | | At Lease Crutcher Lewis, where every employee is an owner, our people are personally invested in your success and empowered to take swift action to meet your goals. We understand that in construction even the smallest of details affect the integrity of the work and the safety of our sites. That's why... Read More →



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION - Universal Play Kiosk
The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative environments that truely integrate children and adults with special needs. This configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating the equal participation of all, regardless of ability. Come experience the large activity center, the wide space among tables accommodating wheelchairs or other assistive devices, the adjustable table tops for easy access to materials, the transparency in tabletops allowing participants to view the games from a multitude of angles. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, accommodating whoever might show up. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Program Partners
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION: Pavilion of Stories
 This pavilion will provide a diagram of stories, immigrant trajectories, and your Seattle neighborhood all through a built installation emphasizing: 
- empathy through participation & learning of fellow's stories
- participants map their roots and compare to fellows
- create excitement by asking participants to "vote" on where to build a market
- broadcast #buildthemarket hashtag 

Program Partners
avatar for Martketshare

Martketshare

Marketshare
To build an international food market in Seattle that empowers food entrepreneurs from immigrant and refugee communities. MarketShare is an IRS approved 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. In Seattle, our neighbors come from around the world and bring with them all the unique flavors of their culinary backgrounds. A single Seattle ZIP code, 98118, was recognized by the 2010 US Census as one of the most diverse in America, with at least 59... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Mallet Inc

Mallet Inc

Mallet Inc
The Design/Build Value Proposition The foundation of every successful project is team-work. Successful-built-projects require early and constant collaboration between owners, designers and construction professionals in order to achieve the highest degree of overall project-goal realization at the lowest possible cost. Our projects are intelligently designed, professionally managed and built with the attention to detail that is the hallmark of... Read More →



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am

BLOCK PARTY RUMBLE INSTALLATION: Seattle Waterfront - Slices Through Time

This installation attempts to expose the memory of the literal edge of Downtown Seattle by showcasing slices through time. We want to evoke the memory of the people who have lived here through the ages, from the Duwamish to the industrial colonialist, to the present and future. The installation attempts to dig through the evolution of the site, gain back some of what we’ve lost, and to expose a palimpsest of waterfront development. 

The installation attempts to hold the dialectic of the natural versus the built. In a sense, the waterfront is evidence of the manmade carving into the natural. Through this process, what have we lost? What have we gained? Progress is not always loss - or is it? 

Waterfront - It’s About Time slices perpendicularly from neighbourhood to water. We hope that visitors will be able to literally feel this perpendicular connection with their hands, elbows, bums, knees, feet. 

 


Program Partners
avatar for Feet First

Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
SW

Seattle Waterfront Symposium

A program that will show how public and private stakeholders, as well as social services groups, are an integral part of the City of Seattle’s vision for a Waterfront for All.

Sponsors
avatar for PL Concord Construction

PL Concord Construction

PL Concord Construction
PL Concord is a full-service general contractor and construction management company. Our dedicated team members provide the highest level of pre-construction, construction management, design-build services, and general.



Sunday September 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED

Program Partners
avatar for Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:05am - 2:00pm
West Seattle Farmer's Market SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 19.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

BLOCK PARTY PERFORMANCE - Nightingale Dance Theatre

Six dancers explore elements of design, social commentary and whimsy in excerpts from " Crayons,"  "Extreme Ironing," "Oblivion," and "Living Sculpture," a starkly compelling, improvisational work which will interact with the various features of the Design Festival Block Party. Audience participation encouraged!


Program Partners
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Nightingale Dance Theatre

Nightingale Dance Theatre
Performance art for your special event! Jennifer Carroll has been performing around the world, from Seattle to LA, NY, Boston, Baltimore, to Macedonia and Bangladesh, spreading starkly compelling whimsy everywhere!


Sunday September 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

TOUR - Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-stoppers
This tour leaves from SAF's offices at 1333 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor (in Rainier Square)
It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the Rem Koolhaas’ asymmetric, cantilevered Central Library. You’ll develop an appreciation for the social forces which shaped Seattle and our built environment. Featured stops include the Fifth & Madison Condominium/901 Fifth Avenue Plaza and Seattle City Hall.

This tour is accessible for all abilities and accomodations can easily be made if needed, as their are some stairs.  This cost of the tour is normally $15, but to make it accessible to all, a special FREE Design Festival Pass is available for this date.  Limited free tickets available, so please register in advance.

Program Partners
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Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.


Sunday September 13, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Seattle Architecture Foundation Rainier Square Atrium, Third Floor 1333 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300

4:00pm

EXHIBITION - Martyr Sauce Presents
September 12- 13 4:00pm – 7:00pm 

Fashion and food collide during the Seattle Design Festival Block Party… Martyr Sauce is excited to feature two of Seattle’s most celebrated and community-minded artists in their respective fields. 

Erika Massaquoi - The OULA Company www.theoulacompany.com 
Curator-turned-designer Erika Dalya Massaquoi will show vintage West African textiles from her nascent ready-to-wear line, The Oula Company. Oula’s colorful West African and Indian textiles will be “upcycled” into a beautifully crafted quilt and exhibited at Martyr Sauce. Massaquoi received a doctorate in cinema studies at New York University and held positions in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York before relocating to Seattle and establishing Oula in 2014. “Disguise,” an exhibit on traditional masks and contemporary African art that Massaquoi co-curated for the Seattle Art Museum, is on view through Sept. 7. 

Tarik Abdullah – A DJ and a Cook www.adjandacook.wordpress.com 
Seattle chef Tarik Abdullah has been featured on ABC’s “The Taste” and Vice’s “Munchies,” and celebs like world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain sing his praises. Abdullah shares his gifts with the community by teaching cooking classes for kids, and through his pop-up dining series, A DJ and a Cook #FeedThePeople.  During the Block Party, the chef will cook up a storm at Martyr Sauce and his food will be available to purchase and enjoy.

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Martyr Sauce

Gallery, Martyr Sauce


Sunday September 13, 2015 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Martyr Sauce 122 S Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Monday, September 14
 

TBA

ACTIVITY - Waterproof: Equity in Water Access

With the apparent ubiquity of water in Seattle it would seem that there is equal access to it. The intention of our installaton/project is to test the equity of Seattle’s waters, both in terms of access and quality.

During the Design Festival we will distribute small, easily deployable water testing kits at allied events, venues and organizations. Kits will prompt and instruct participants to visit a local water body and measure water quality.

Once tested, the location and information will be logged onto an interactive map and website, recording and revealing variations and potential inequities in access and quality.

The kits and the process of measuring water are designed to raise awareness of partner organizations and efforts - including the 12,000 Rain Gardens program - working to rectify imbalances in our city and regional water quality.

Project website: http://water-proof-seattle.tumblr.com/

Test Kit Distribution Locations (updated as new locations are established)

SDF Block Party - 9.12/13

SDF Conference - 9.19


 

 

 


Program Partners
CI

common industries

Ian Horton is an artist and licensed landscape architect in Washington State. He brings an undergraduate education in Atmospheric Sciences as a background to his designs with particular emphasis on environmental responsiveness. | | Brian Gerich is a designer whose professional work spans the boundaries of architecture, art and landscape architecture. | | Common Industries is a vehicle for their collaboration which explores public... Read More →


Monday September 14, 2015 TBA
TBA

9:00am

WORKSHOP - Design Swarm I

Today we are frequently faced with finding creative solutions for extremely complex social problems. We must often do this in a very short time, with woefully little information and resources, while often working with people who we have never met before.

How is this even possible?

Come to this session and practice “Design Swarming,” a technique that brings together design thinking and agile problem-solving to help teams find creative answers to real 21st Century challenges. You will learn how to collaborate intensively with strangers to harness the collective genius of a team, and to use incomplete information and a frenetic sense of urgency as a creative springboard.

This technique has successfully been used around the world to solve difficult social problem and business problems. At SDF2015, the design challenge that you will be assigned with be related to a pressing and urgent problem of equity; the problem itself will be revealed at the start of the session. During the Design Swarm, you will be led through a rapid series of fun and moderated activities that will eventually result in a solution prototype.  Each of the three scheduled Design Swarms at SDF2015 will address a different, unique design challenge.

The moderator is Surya Vanka, the creator of the Design Swarm technique, who will be assisted by other seasoned designers. No previous design training or specific knowledge is required, but an open and curious mind is mandatory. 


Monday September 14, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cloud Room 1424 11th Avenue, on 4th floor of Chophouse Row

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


 


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Monday September 14, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

6:30pm

PRESENTATION - Pike Place MarketFront: More of the Market to Love

An expansion of Pike Place Market is currently underway! Established in 1907 to create an equitable market experience, the enduring Market is widely celebrated for its colorful and eclectic mix of vendors, food and music. Not as commonly known is the Market as a provider of important social services for low-income area residents including a food bank, day care/preschool, medical clinic and affordable housing. The MarketFront expansion enables more of what everyone loves about the Market, along with exciting new amenities and public open spaces that honor its authentic and historic character.

Join us to learn more about what’s going on at one of Seattle’s most popular and cherished landmarks from partner organizations involved. Q&A.

Speakers
Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority: Ben Franz-Knight, executive director
Pike Place Market Foundation: Lillian Hochstein, executive director
The Miller Hull Partnership:  David Miller, founding partner; Brian Court, partner

Location Details
Pike Place Market | Atrium Loft in the Economy Market building  (1st Avenue & Pike Place, 3rd floor - take stairs/elevator near DeLaurenti’s) 


Program Partners
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Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority

The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market's buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for... Read More →
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Pike Place Market Foundation

Established in 1982, The Market Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports housing and services for low-income Market neighbors by fundraising, advocacy and community building. Over the past 30 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive at Pike Place Market.
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The Miller Hull Partnership

Founded in 1977,The Miller Hull Partnership is an award-winning architecture firm specializing in sustainable buildings that actively engage their communities through simple, innovative and authentic designs. By continually exploring the boundaries of current thought to leverage the latest in technology, materials and cultural context, the firm is widely recognized for timeless designs that elevate the ordinary and provide lasting value... Read More →



Monday September 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Pike Place Market

7:00pm

FILMS - "City Stories" and "Even the Walls"
Co-presented with the Seattle Design Festival, the Seattle Architecture Foundation, and Feet First

Filmmakers in attendance!
Free event!

Join us for a free screening of youth-made short films and a beautifully thoughtful documentary about the transformation of Yesler Terrace, as part of this year's Seattle Design Festival. Directors will be in attendance for a conversation with the audience.

City Stories
City Stories is a new youth program designed and presented by the Seattle Architecture Foundation and Feet First where youth have the opportunity to share their visions for the future of their neighborhoods.
 
This summer City Stories was offered as a pilot program in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. The program was delivered to 7th and 8th graders as part of a summer learning program at Washington Middle School in the Central District. Through the 5-week program, youth took part in neighborhood walks, hands-on model building and engaged in digital storytelling activities. Youth also made videos to communicate their opinions about the Central District; how it should change in the next 20 years and what they want to stay the same.
 
City Stories has been developed and made possible by a collaborative partnership with Feet First and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Even the Walls | SIFF 2015 GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD, Best Short Film.
Even the Walls is an elegiac journey inside the homes and memories of nine Yesler Terrace residents as they wait to see what will become of their neighborhood.

The 27-minute documentary was directed and produced by Saman Maydani and Sarah Kuck. The film premiered in May at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Space Needle Award for best short film. You can learn more about the film at www.eventhewalls.com 

Program Partners
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Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
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Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.
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Even the Walls

Documentary, Saman Maydani + Sarah Kuck
EVEN THE WALLS, 27 min | Directed by Saman Maydani & Sarah Kuck | SIFF 2015 GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD, Best Short Film. | | An elegiac journey inside the homes and memories of nine Yesler Terrace residents as they wait to see what will become of their neighborhood.


Monday September 14, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
 
Tuesday, September 15
 

9:00am

WORKSHOP - Design Swarm II
Today we are frequently faced with finding creative solutions for extremely complex social problems. We must often do this in a very short time, with woefully little information and resources, while often working with people who we have never met before. 

How is this even possible? 

Come to this session and practice "Design Swarming," a technique that brings together design thinking and agile problem-solving to help teams find creative answers to real 21st Century challenges. You will learn how to collaborate intensively with strangers to harness the collective genius of a team, and to use incomplete information and a frenetic sense of urgency as a creative springboard. 

Join moderator Surya Vanka and Artefact's Daniel Gomez-Seidel to explore place-making for refugees. This swarm will focus on how existing, untapped community assets, such as social sciences, architecture, design and technology can promote agency and deliver tangible benefits to the children who live in refugee camps.

This technique has successfully been used around the world to solve difficult social problem and business problems. At SDF2015, the design challenge that you will be assigned with be related to a pressing and urgent problem of equity; the problem itself will be revealed at the start of the session. During the Design Swarm, you will be led through a rapid series of fun and moderated activities that will eventually result in a solution prototype.  Each of the three scheduled Design Swarms at SDF2015 will address a different, unique design challenge.

No previous design training or specific knowledge is required, but an open and curious mind is mandatory.

The swarm will take place in the fabulous Cloud Room. The stunning, light-filled space creates an environment of opportunity for both independence and connection with other engaged people in a range of fields. It is located at1424 11th Avenue, on 4th floor of Chophouse Row.

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Surya Vanka is a designer, educator and author who has been at the leading edge of designing physical and digital experiences for over 25 years. Surya has worked as a corporate design leader for more than 15 years, most recently at Microsoft as director of user experience. Prior to this, he was a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. He has authored two books on design and several publications, has lectured on design in more than 20 countries, and has been awarded several industry awards. Surya is the creator of the Design Swarm technique.

 

Daniel Gomez-Seidel is a strategist at Artefact, where he helps clients uncover new business opportunities and competitive advantages by crafting experience-centered strategies. Prior to joining Artefact, Daniel was an entrepreneur in the arts industry, a mentor for the World Resource Institute and a design strategy consultant in Colombia and California for clients such as Aetna, Intel and Microsoft. All the while he also traveled, making his way to more than 35 countries. Daniel holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of los Andes in Colombia in Business Administration and in Design, as well as an MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cloud Room 1424 11th Avenue, on 4th floor of Chophouse Row

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


 


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Tuesday September 15, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

PANEL - Equity as a Framework: Women In City-Making Leadership

ZGF Architects presents a panel discussion exploring equity in the design, development and shaping of our growing city.

We approach equity as a framework for conversation both from the personal perspectives of women on their diverse leadership roles, as well as to discuss the varying impacts of their decision-making positions in the shaping and development of Seattle's urban environment.

PANELISTS:

AP Hurd - President at Touchstone Corporation
Kathy Nyland - City of Seattle's Director of Neighborhoods
Susan Jones - Founder of Atelier Jones


Program Partners
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ZGF

ZGF Architects LLP is a design firm with a focus on architecture, interior design, and urban design. Founded in Portland, Oregon, with a mission to strive for design excellence, stewardship of our natural and built environment, and exceptional client service, the firm has grown to include offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and ZGF Cotter Architects Inc. in Vancouver, BC. ZGF’s design philosophy is centered on the premise... Read More →


Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Waterfront Space 1400 Western Avenue, Seattle

6:00pm

DISCUSSION - Lake City's Civic Learning Plaza
Join us for a community conversation about the future of Lake City. We will hear back from our neighborhood Planning Outreach and Engagement Liaisons who have been reaching out to members of Lake City’s Latino, Chinese, and East African communities. We will also talk about how 28th Avenue NE, in front of the library and community center, might be transformed into a Civic Learning Plaza.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake City Community Center 12531 28th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
 
Wednesday, September 16
 

9:00am

WORKSHOP - Design Swarm III
Today we are frequently faced with finding creative solutions for extremely complex social problems. We must often do this in a very short time, with woefully little information and resources, while often working with people who we have never met before. 

How is this even possible? 

Come to this session and practice “Design Swarming,” a technique that brings together design thinking and agile problem-solving to help teams find creative answers to real 21st Century challenges. You will learn how to collaborate intensively with strangers to harness the collective genius of a team, and to use incomplete information and a frenetic sense of urgency as a creative springboard. 

This technique has successfully been used around the world to solve difficult social problem and business problems. At SDF2015, the design challenge that you will be assigned with be related to a pressing and urgent problem of equity; the problem itself will be revealed at the start of the session. During the Design Swarm, you will be led through a rapid series of fun and moderated activities that will eventually result in a solution prototype.  Each of the three scheduled Design Swarms at SDF2015 will address a different, unique design challenge.

The moderator is Surya Vanka, the creator of the Design Swarm technique, who will be assisted by other seasoned designers. No previous design training or specific knowledge is required, but an open and curious mind is mandatory.   

Wednesday September 16, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cloud Room 1424 11th Avenue, on 4th floor of Chophouse Row

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


 


Program Partners
avatar for Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
avatar for Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Wednesday September 16, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
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Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Wednesday September 16, 2015 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Columbia City Farmer's Market 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA 98118

6:00pm

PRESENTATION + PARTY - Deepening Human Connection

Deepening Human Connection shows how design, across all disciplines, can be utilized to deepen human connection. In a day and age where new and emerging technologies and social habits lead to the fragmentation of physical and emotional connections, SDF sees the importance of a design driven critical inquiry. How can we utilize design strategies to forge and maintain the essence of human relationships when the digital world is vying for our attention?
  
Event highlights include:

Human Connection Reading Room - Art journals read by local artist under the theme of human connection in an intimate reading space. Hosted by the New Foundation

Human Connection Photobooth - Connect with other people in real life and have if documented!

Gallery displaying this year’s grant proposals with opportunity to add votes to the 'popular vote grant' for $500

Announcing this year’s design grant winners with comments from our judges (Jennifer Nava Milliken, curator of design at Bellevue Arts Museum; Stefani Bartz, past SDF grant winner graphic and UX designer; Rob Girling, Co-founder and Principal of Artefact Group; Tyler Engle, principal at Tyler Engle Architects and President of On The Boards; Dave Mikula, Founder and Creative Director of Friends. Nicholas Kamuda, Creative Director for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Holographic at Microsoft, and Seattle Design Foundation board member)

Tell us what social issue the design grant theme should address in 2016.

Snack and refreshments.

 


Program Partners
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Seattle Design Foundation

Seattle Design Foundation
The Seattle Design Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established to create a platform for local creatives, in both social and financial capacities. Each year we give out theme-based grants, align mentorships and host connective events. | The design field, in our mind, encompasses a wide spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to, architecture, landscape architecture, film, illustration, photography, interior, industrial... Read More →


Wednesday September 16, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
New Foundation 312 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Thursday, September 17
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


 


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Thursday September 17, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

TOUR - Waterfront Walk & Talk
The Waterfront Walk & Talk cues up the DLR Group’s Seattle Waterfront Symposium, which includes speakers from Office of the Waterfront, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, Pike Place Market, Mack Urban, and Daniels Real Estate. On the hour and half walk, we'll stop in the following locations to get a unique look from topic speakers of the opportunities and challenges for creating a Waterfront for All.

Pike Place Market MarketFront
Discuss the design elements of the MarketFront and connection to waterfront.

Seattle Aquarium
Discuss the aquarium’s vision for waterfront, that create a destination and supporting placemaking opportunities.

Colman Dock
Discuss the waterfront’s new connection to businesses and find out the challenges and opportunities with the turning lane from the ferry and opportunities to provide flexible lanes. Identify how this integrated multimodal system supports the Ferries Long-Range Planning efforts.

Pioneer Square
Discuss connections from Pioneer Square to waterfront and the improvements for pedestrians on Main and Washington Streets.

Feet First Walk & Talk events foster active civic engagement and are designed to showcase area redevelopment incorporating features to promote livable and walkable communities. The unique events encourage people to become more aware of the importance of safe, inviting, and accessible places for people to walk.


Location Details
Meet in the main entrance of the building - DLR Group, 51 University St, Seattle, WA 98101


Program Partners
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Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DLR Group 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

4:00pm

PRESENTATION - Seattle Waterfront Symposium

This program will show how public and private stakeholders, as well as social services groups, are an integral part of the City of Seattle’s vision for a Waterfront for All. The program will explore how consideration of the existing community of residents and business owners can be transformed as we consider the neighborhood and prospective retail/commercial district as complement to design of the park, boulevard and transportation corridor. The program will orient attendants to the existing conditions of the waterfront and current design development of the reimagined public right-of-way. Through three current development case studies and three concept design vignettes, we will explore how private development and social services might engage and be informed by the Waterfront Seattle plans currently being developed by James Corner Field Operations.


Program Partners
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MAKERS

MAKERS architecture and urban design was founded in 1972 with the expressed purpose of applying urban design concepts and techniques to complex civic problems. With the objective of initiating effective action to address real issues, MAKERS employs a strategic approach focused on implementation by solving the fundamental challenges inherent in each project.
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Rico Quirindongo

Senior Associate, DLR Group
Rico Quirindongo, AIA, is an architect with DLR Group and a born-and-raised Seattleite who focuses his work on community design, social sustainability, and clients serving the public good. He works with local organizations to have a greater positive influence in their own neighborhoods through design. Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that preservation and adaptive reuse are the ultimate... Read More →
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Daniels Real Estate

President, Daniels Real Estate
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Pike Place Market Foundation

Established in 1982, The Market Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports housing and services for low-income Market neighbors by fundraising, advocacy and community building. Over the past 30 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive at Pike Place Market.
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Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the 501(c)(3) organization established to ensure Waterfront Seattle’s success as a beloved park. In collaboration with the City of Seattle, partner organizations, and the community at large, Friends of Waterfront Seattle is responsible for: Building awareness for Waterfront Seattle and the profound impact it will have on the city and region; Raising $80-$120 million in capital funding for the park from... Read More →
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Mack Urban

VP of Development, Mack Urban LLC


Thursday September 17, 2015 4:00pm - 6:30pm
DLR Group 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Work Party 1 - 23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech.

Hack the CD, Umoja PEACE Center, Heart Haven Artist Cooperative, and Africatown Preservation and Development Association will be opening a pop-up space at 23rd and Union.

For the past two months, this group of community stakeholders has been collecting feedback from a black board mural at the location, which was launched during the 2015 Umoja Fest and sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The response has been revealing, and our community has confirmed that they’d like to see a sense  of Black pride, empowerment, and business.

We’d like to create an art gallery, retail space, and tech lounge in this pop-up space and we need your help!

For Work Party 1, we’ll be filling holes and painting the walls! Bring tools if you have them, but most importantly bring your hands and wear work clothes!


Program Partners

Thursday September 17, 2015 5:00pm - 10:00pm
23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech. Corner of 23rd Avenue and Union Street

6:00pm

EXHIBITION / PARTY - General Intellect Opening Reception
Aktionsart presents General Intellect, an exhibition of new work from James Coupe. Featuring a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service, this exhibition displays single and multi-channel video installations throughout an entire decaying school building in South Lake Union. Coupe makes the individuals behind mTurk visible by instructing workers to record a one minute video each hour from 9AM and 5PM, thus creating an archive of their regular daily routine.

General Intellect questions the value of digital and cultural labor, the shifting conditions of exploitation and the new forms of social alienation that we face today, alone and together. Curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 17, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs from Friday, September ​18 - Saturday, October 3, and is open Thu​rsday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00PM.

Program Partners
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Aktionsart

Director, Aktionsart
Cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and tech. I work to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. Talk to me about new ways of fusing the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to develop visionary projects that drive social innovation. Founder of Aktionsart and Black Box Festival (the first international art, film and tech festival in Seattle... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
General Intellect 201 Westlake Ave N, Seattle WA​ 98109
 
Friday, September 18
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:00am

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide celebration that happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, where community members and groups turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.

You can join the fun by visiting small parks created by your friends and neighbors! This year, Seattleites have planned the biggest PARK(ing) Day celebration yet, with 60 pop-up parks and pop-up protected bike lanes occurring across the city. Altogether, PARK(ing) Day will reclaim 110 parking spaces for public space on the day of the event. Plan your route with the printable PARK(ing) Day Map (download below). 

To find our more or to learn how you can create your own park next year, visit Seattle's Park(ing) Day Website and check out photos from prior events on the Seattle PARK(ing) Day Flickr album.

Seattle PARK(ing) Day would like to thank its 2015 sponsors for their generous support to community groups and park hosts—Play & Park StructuresSwift CompanyGGLOThe Watershed CompanyBrumbaugh & AssociatesSvR DesignMithun, and Ned Gulbran Landscape Architects.


Program Partners
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WASLA

American Society of Landscape Architects | Washington Chapter
Landscape architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land. Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects, promoting the profession and advancing its practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. The mission of Washington Chapter ASLA (WASLA) is to... Read More →
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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →
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Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four modes of transportation (freight, pedestrians, transit, and bicycles) that results in a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation... Read More →




Friday September 18, 2015 10:00am - 7:00pm
TBA

10:00am

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
avatar for Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 10:00am - 7:00pm
Weber Thompson 225 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

INSTALLATION - PLAY4ALL

Integrus Architecture in partnership with the Alliance for Pioneer Square want to bring PLAY4ALL!  Embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt for playful "disPLAYinstallations throughout Pioneer Square. Begin at the Integrus Architecture storefront or visit the PLAY4ALL website to find a map of current disPLAY locations.  From there, it's up to you to explore! disPLAYs will rotate throughout the neighborhood for one week from Sept 12 - 18.

PLAY4ALL participating businesses include:

Arundel Books | Caffe Umbria | Clementines | Drygoods Design | Good Bar | Grand Central Bakery | Velouria | Zeitgeist


BACKGROUND 
As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.   Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment. 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


 


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 10:05am - 6:05pm
Integrus Architecture 117 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Friday September 18, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
avatar for Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 11:00am - 3:00pm
Phinney Ridge Farmer's Market 67 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

12:00pm

TOUR: Associate of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals PARK(ing) Day Walking Tour
Join APBP’s Washington Chapter as they hit the streets to rethink public space and tour the pop-up parks of this year’s PARK(ing) Day. This 60-minute informal walking tour will you take you to some of Seattle’s most creative pop-up parks in downtown, where you can join others in redefining public space. Some of last year’s PARK(ing) activities included playing life-size Jenga in Pioneer Square, making smoothies in West Seattle, and listening to stories at the “banned books” library in Belltown.

Meet in the courtyard at 1001 4th Ave, across from the Central Library.

Program Partners

Friday September 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard across from the Central Library 1001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

12:00pm

EXHIBITION - General Intellect
Aktionsart presents General Intellect, an exhibition of new work from James Coupe. Featuring a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service, this exhibition displays single and multi-channel video installations throughout an entire decaying school building in South Lake Union. Coupe makes the individuals behind mTurk visible by instructing workers to record a one minute video each hour from 9AM and 5PM, thus creating an archive of their regular daily routine.

General Intellect questions the value of digital and cultural labor, the shifting conditions of exploitation and the new forms of social alienation that we face today, alone and together. Curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 17, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs from Friday, September ​18 - Saturday, October 3, and is open Thu​rsday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00PM.

Program Partners
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Aktionsart

Director, Aktionsart
Cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and tech. I work to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. Talk to me about new ways of fusing the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to develop visionary projects that drive social innovation. Founder of Aktionsart and Black Box Festival (the first international art, film and tech festival in Seattle... Read More →


Friday September 18, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
General Intellect 201 Westlake Ave N, Seattle WA​ 98109

4:00pm

WORKSHOP - Game and Play Access for Children with Disabilities
Inviting makers/doers/designers/partners with a heart!

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, as part of the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering, connects the University research community with end users from very early design stages, holding regular prototype troubleshooting sessions and interactive design labs to promote participatory, equitable design practices. We are partnering with community makers, developers, designers and innovators to be part of our process. This session will introduce interested community partners to the Taskar Center and a few of our end users.

Come learn how you can be a maker/designer to enhance quality of life for a child with disabilities! (expecting partners of all ages and sizes!)

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →


5:00pm

PRESENTATION - 2015 ADPSR Lewis Mumford Awards in Peace, Environment and Development

Three organizations will be honored on September 18th in Seattle, with the Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) 2015 Lewis Mumford Award in the categories of Peace, Environment, and Development.

The ADPSR Lewis Mumford Awards are presented to individuals and organizations nationally on an annual basis in recognition of their innovative and influential work. The winners of the 2015 (21st annual) Lewis Mumford Awards embody ADPSR’s mission to promote world peace, environmental protection, and socially responsible development.

They include:

·                 Peace  -  Black Lives Matter
·                 Environment  -  Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
·                 Development  -  Environmental Works Community Design Center

The awards will be presented at an event on Friday, September 18th from 5:00-7:00PM  at the Bullitt Center - 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA


The event will include the conferral of awards, presentations by awardees and a reception.

We look forward to seeing you at the event! Please spread the word!

ADPSR is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to raise professional and public awareness of critical issues. It works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. The annual ADPSR Lewis Mumford Awards program was initiated in 1992 to honor people and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility. The awards were named after Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) an American historian, sociologist, philosopher, and critic, noted for his study of cities and his writings , which remind us that architecture, design, and planning must respond to human needs, harmonize with its surroundings, and reflect the aspirations and social context of our civilization.

For more information please contact Ben Spencer at bspen@uw.edu or visit http://adpsr.org/home/mumford_award_history



Program Partners
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Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Design and Planning


Friday September 18, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122

6:00pm

WORKSHOP: Interior Design Jam Session - 23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech.

Hack the CD, Umoja PEACE Center, Heart Haven Artist Cooperative, and Africatown Preservation and Development Association will be opening a pop-up space at 23rd and Union.

For the past two months, this group of community stakeholders has been collecting feedback from a black board mural at the location, which was launched during the 2015 Umoja Fest and sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The response has been revealing, and our community has confirmed that they’d like to see a sense  of Black pride, empowerment, and business.

We’d like to create an art gallery, retail space, and tech lounge in this pop-up space and we need your help!

For Interior Design Jam Session, we’re calling all architects, designers, and artists to this cypher. Bring an open mind and fill up on your creative juices as we collaborate to envision what our new space will look like. 


Program Partners

Friday September 18, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech. Corner of 23rd Avenue and Union Street
 
Saturday, September 19
 

9:25am

#SDF2015 CONFERENCE - DESIGN FOR EQUITY

Saturday, September 19
9:30am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
See the full Conference schedule here

The day-long Conference during the Seattle Design Festival is an opportunity to examine in-depth the theme of Design for Equity. Located at the Seattle Central Public Library, the conference includes workshops, panels, films, lectures, and installations. Participants can engage professional and community experts on issues such as equitable urban planning, designers' role in youth incarceration, design for social movements, and gender equality in product design. The conference will be a high-level conversation among community stakeholders where children and families are welcome and you are welcome to explore all the offerings of the Central Library in between scheduled sessions.

The Library is ADA accessible.  The Seattle Public Library supports gender-self determination when selecting your choice of restroom, but restrooms are gendered. A family restroom is available to people who are accompanying children. While the Library itself is not scent-free, we ask participants to come fragrance-free.

 


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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →



Saturday September 19, 2015 9:25am - 6:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

9:30am

Conference - Welcome Session
Saturday September 19, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

9:30am

EXHIBIT - Go: Gender Open Restrooms

What are Gender Open restrooms? Come engage and take action to create more space for us all. 

Design for a Trans* Inclusive Seattle will be converting some traditional men’s and women’s restrooms into Gender Open restrooms during specific events throughout the festival. Our goal is to promote the awareness of a critical opportunity facing people, specifically those in the design community, to create more space for people who identify outside of the traditional gender binary by actively promoting Gender Open restrooms in public and private spaces. 

Please use a facility throughout the event to learn more about this important issue and to participate in helping us select a Gender Open restroom plaque which can be used by businesses to help create space and awareness for Gender Open restrooms. 



Program Partners
DF

Design for a Trans* Inclusive Seattle

Contact: Kate Powell with Caitlin Esworthy and Michel DeBauge


Saturday September 19, 2015 9:30am - 6:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

9:30am

EXHIBIT - The Sandbox of Life

My Interactive Art Installation, "The Sandbox of Life" is a foundation for the exploration of complex systems, digital life, and human/computer interactions. It is a Sensebellum original art installation created in 2012 in Maui. We live in a time of complex systems and rich amounts of data. The Sandbox synthesizes this knowledge into one easy to use platform for exploring worlds.

Using custom engineered layers of software, 3D printed hardware, cameras, projectors, wood, and metal the Sandbox can simulate anything from islands and animals, fluid dynamics, bacteria, cellular automata, Conway's Game of Life, and many more modes - truly an ecosystem simulator. The combination of computer vision and augmented reality combine to make a seriously surreal experience that is at one time digital and yet completely natural.

To create and change the world all you need are your hands, imagination, a little time, and some friends don't hurt either! Without a cumbersome interface one can explore these digital worlds in intuitive ways that feel natural and react in real time.

This will be displayed in the Central Library on Saturday, September 19th, from 9:30am - 6:00pm.

For more information head to: www.sensebellum.com/The-Sandbox-of-Life 

Program Partners
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Sensebellum

Founder & Principal, Sensebellum
I am interested in the intersection of technology and art. I can appreciate the many ways the senses perceive the physical space and facilitate the interactions within. How they can be combined into new forms of interaction, communication, learning and entertainment. I look to capture the essence of these emerging ideas in installation art pieces and audio/visual performances.


Saturday September 19, 2015 9:30am - 6:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Saturday September 19, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:45am

DISCUSSION - Designing Collaboratively
Participate in a discussion about collaboratively designing with end users. Hear about specific methods within the fields of architecture and business strategy. Learn about collaboration with animals and flexible design that can adapt to changing end users. Find out what is happening in the Seattle community in relation to volunteerism and design. And...More!




Saturday September 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:45am

LECTURE - Do Better Architecture
Holst Architecture believes that exceptional architecture is for everyone, and should not just be reserved for a select few. Everyone interacts with architecture, and everyone deserves to experience beautiful, uplifting spaces. As a firm, we have seen firsthand the benefits that design can have on the lives of others.

This presentation will illustrate how thoughtful design can truly impact vulnerable populations in meaningful ways, from at-risk youth to families in recovery to citizens experiencing homelessness. We want to inspire other designers to provide high-quality design to public and nonprofit projects, meeting the schedule and budget while refusing to compromise beauty. Additionally, we will demonstrate the importance of designing public and nonprofit projects with sustainability, durability, and the health and safety of residents at the forefront.


Program Partners
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Holst Architecture

Holst Architecture
Our firm's social equity motto is: Good design is for everyone, not just the select few. Great design and architecture have been proven to enhance the quality of life, dignity, health, and safety for our most vulnerable populations. Let's talk about how we can all elevate design for social impact projects.


Saturday September 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:45am

LECTURE - Sustainable Sweden: Successful Urban Regeneration

Rosengard, Malmö, Sweden successfully moved from a period of riots, due to

a disenfranchised immigrant population to actively empowering and engaging

young women in participatory place making. Thirteen young political refugee teenager women

from Iraq and Afghanistan organized and led design workshops, community events working

with Rosengard residents and the City of Malmö Environmental and Parks

Departments. Learning how to accomplish physical change to support positive

sustainable development, the spaces between existing buildings shaped

their proposed projects; a playground, enhanced town center, and community

gardens. These projects in this presentation have been recently built by

the City of Malmö adding to Rosengards social capital. Through dialogue

and community organizing of 6,400 participants, 136 workshops, events

comprised of over 60 % of political refugee women. Their informed wholeisitic

decision-making, through an empowered strong local process, together with

deliverables of strategic physical improvements started the process of building

a sustainable Rosengard. The “pink” large play area and the enhanced town

centers “social square” was completed in September of 2013. With the

leadership and collaborative genius of these young girls Rosengard has now

become the new Eco district in Malmö, Sweden.


Program Partners
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Paul Byron Crane

landscape architect
Paul Byron Crane, A.S.L.A. B.L.A., M.A., Landscape Architect with over 30 years' experience weaving Whole Systems Design, community engagement and sustainable infrastructure, specializing in wholeisitic analysis and design solutions to complex ecological, terrestrial and cultural restoration planning. Paul teaches Sustainable Design and Low Impact Development through Sustainable Seattle, led charettes for Seattle's central waterfront, Seattle’s... Read More →


Saturday September 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:45am

WORKSHOP - Designing the Equitable City

Four agencies from the City of Seattle present a workshop on visioning an equitable city.  

Cities are spaces where diverse cultures, experiences, backgrounds, traditions and ways of being converge. They are nests for creative expression and offer pathways for unique and dynamic opportunities. Yet, although diversity is a clear asset to all cities, not all communities reap the same benefits of what a city has to offer. In the wake of recent events that bring into focus racial iniquities and tensions, and with on-going patterns of displacement, lack of affordable safe housing, lack of transportation, food deserts, and lack of green space in communities of color it’s clear that the cities we have created are not designed to serve everyone. The good news is that design is man-made so we all have a part to play in re-designing for cities that uplift people of all races.

The City of Seattle has made a commitment to work towards social equity with an emphasis on racial equity, across all departments. In this workshop you will hear from the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Design Commission, Seattle’s Planning Commission and the Office of Arts and Culture as they share the role that we as designers, urban planners, and artists play in creating a new equitable vision for our cities. There will be a panel of commissioners, design professionals, artists and staff who will share what is happening at a city-wide level to realize the City’s commitment to building a racially equitable Seattle, followed by an interactive brainstorming breakout session where we will all explore our own individual roles in visioning and realizing a more inclusive home that serves all communities. There will be an opportunity to report out on the smaller-group discussions and share what we’ve learned from each other.

Speakers and facilitators will include:

Kirin Bhatti, Seattle Office for Civil Rights;Michael Austin, commissioner, Seattle Planning Commission; Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director, Seattle Planning Commission; Lee Copeland, commissioner, Seattle Design Commission; Ellen Sollod,Vice Chair, Seattle Design Commission; Valerie Kinast, coordinator, Seattle Design Commission; Leilani Lewis, Director of Marketing and Communications, Northwest African American Museum; Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Assisted by Payton Bordley, Racial Equity Liaison, Seattle Office fo Arts & Culture.

 



Saturday September 19, 2015 10:45am - 1:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:45am

Open Conference Track - Session 1
Saturday September 19, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

PANEL - Equity In Design Education and Practice

Through a panel discussion we hope to promote open dialogue about what it means practically to consider equity in design. Considering equity is not necessarily a part of traditional training for designers, whereas other professional disciplines—like public policy, social work, public health, and education—have established approaches, frameworks, and scholarship that support practitioners’ reflection on and approaches to issues of power, privilege, and access.  

Panelists will include designers of varied disciplines and professions whose work centers around economic and social equity. The aim here is to have a discussion about the various approaches that do and could exist to support critical engagement with equity in the field of design. Particularly, with the growing interest amongst practitioners in design for good or social impact, we hope to interrogate questions like the following: “What tools do designers have to making unique contributions towards equity? How could we better support this work by providing practitioners with the language and tools to address these issues?”

Noelle Huskins, Associate Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Susan Kemp, Professor in School of Social Work at UW
Kristine Woolery, Senior Design Strategist at Microsoft
Izzie Zahorian, UX Lead at Google Ideas

Program Partners
US

UW SIGCHI

SARAH FOX, PhD candidate, Human Centered Design and Engineering + CATHERINE LIM, M.Des candidate, Interaction Design



Saturday September 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

PANEL - Urban Regeneration & Mixed Income Housing: improving lives or creating divides?

This session, a presentation and panel discussion, focuses on issues around urban regeneration at the local and global scale, in particular in low-income housing. Our panelists challenge some of the implicit assumptions about mixed income housing- not only in design, but in policy decisions.

This is a timely discussion in Seattle as economic pressures are rapidly gentrifying many of our neighborhoods, and displacing many people who currently reside in low-income housing. New housing developments in Seattle must include a certain percentage of affordable housing, but does mixed-income housing help improve the socio-economic status of low-income residents? Our panelists bring a range of perspectives, hailing from all the fields of design, urban planning, social justice, social work, affordable housing, and environmental psychology.


Program Partners
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Architects Without Borders

Architects Without Borders
Architects Without Borders-Seattle volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects.
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Architects Without Borders - Seattle

Seattle-based Non-Profit Organization
Architects Without Borders-Seattle volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects. As our name implies, Architects without Borders-Seattle is volunteer-based international coalition of designers committed to providing pro bono design services to communities in need. | | Contact: Veronica Finney, Events Committee Chair at... Read More →


Saturday September 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:30pm

LECTURE - Artefact: Agency, Action and Movement

Today, the field of design is in a renaissance period. While design has been contributing to solving complex issues for many years, in order for it to have an even greater impact, design should focus not only on the product or solution level, but it should transform at the system level, changing culture and therefore, society. In her session, Artefact's Masuma Henry aims to create awareness and share insights about the role of design in driving towards positive social and cultural changes. 

There are three main factors at play when designing for movements that lead to cultural and social change: Deep understanding of how design shapes individual behaviors, enabling a sense of agency and designing for action. Using global case studies as well as examples from Artefact’s portfolio of social impact projects, Henry will outline how design can create transformative experiences with deep social impact. 


Program Partners
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Artefact

Artefact
Artefact is an award-winning design, technology and innovation studio based in Seattle, WA. We conceive, design and develop products and experiences for the 21st century.
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Emilia Palaveeva

CMO, Artefact
Technology, innovation, design, social impact, marketing and communications, chocolate


Saturday September 19, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:30pm

WORKSHOP - #HackingGentrification: Imagine Africatown and the Future of the African American Community In Seattle

The story of Africans in America has been one of resilience, creativity, reinvention and accomplishment in the face of tremendous obstacles. This workshop will highlight some of the amazing work being done to harness and build upon this legacy in the face of rapid displacement in the Central District. We will generate ideas for survival in the midst of existing real estate market forces. #HackingGentrification will be a two-way, generative conversation and work session - so bring your notepads, tablets and thinking caps!



Program Partners
KW

K. Wyking Garrett

Strategist, Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association
A social entrepreneur and change agent, K. Wyking Garrett is the founding director of Umoja PEACE Center, catalyst for Africatown Seattle community development initative and a co-organizer of Hack The CD. As a recognized change agent, Wyking was the recipient of the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Leadership Award and is an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission. He is also principal consulting of Remix Marketing... Read More →


Saturday September 19, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:30pm

WORKSHOP - Design and Gender: Color Theory in Toy Design
Gender segregation by color runs rampant in toy stores. Many of us have been raised in pink and blue culture, swaddled in either one shade or the other as infants, given heteronormative toys to play with, and surrounded by built environments visually coded with the gender norms given by our cultural history. In this fun workshop, you will take the role of the designer, playing with color to change the tone and messages of packaging, and then developing a toy for children of all genders. A short introductory lecture will provide the history and social backgrounds behind pink and blue culture, and we will approach current toy design and packaging with a critical eye. Come explore how gender norms and roles are supported and enforced through color and toy design during the Seattle Design Festival Conference.

Program Partners
avatar for Kristina Adams

Kristina Adams

Kristina is a service designer with a visual design background. She specializes in gender and design, and spent her MA at Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring the affects color and toy design have on children's gender norms and social expectations. She has exhibited her work and lectured internationally.


Saturday September 19, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

1:30pm

Open Conference Track - Session 2
Saturday September 19, 2015 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

2:45pm

PANEL - Questioning Youth Incarceration
A public conversation held by community activists who oppose the King County’s proposed $210 million Children and Family Justice Center. The panel will raise questions about seemingly "normal" institutions in our society. Is designing prisons, youth jails, and detention centers inevitable? Who designs these spaces, and who is affected by the existence and harms of these spaces? What does a community movement to resist incarceration and caging look like?

Facilitated by Shannon Perez-Darby, Youth Services Program Manager at The Northwest Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse

PANELISTS: 
Angelica Chazaro: Law professor, University of Washington School of Law
Bypolar: Community organizer
Nikkita Oliver Local community organizer/activist and mentor artist with Creative Justice
Raphael Sperry: Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility 
Sensei Gregory C. Lewis: producer/host of All Power To The Positive! and local Black activist and organizer




Program Partners
avatar for Autonomous Actions Against Prisons

Autonomous Actions Against Prisons

We oppose all forms of incarceration and work for prison abolition.


Saturday September 19, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

PANEL / FILM - Beyond Another Brick In The Wall: Educational Ecosystem Design
The panel is a discussion with experts from each of the Educational Ecosystem Domains (system/governance, physical plant, content delivery). Everyone from panelist to participant to facilitator is a “learner.”

The session will be moderated by Ashley Branca and include the following panelists:
Katie Hunt, SRG Partnership
Ed Smith-Lewis, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Lindsay Hill, Raikes Foundation

The session opens with a brief  film that includes the community perspectives on the meaning of equity and how to consider the design of equity in the education of all our students. Following the screening, the panel discussion will highlight specifics of the panelists’ work and mission, while opening the conversation to audience interaction.

Tied to the Seattle Design Festival Block Party installation of the same name, the panel will examine how to successfully manifest design for equity in education. The interactive conversation will highlight the installation as an embodiment of this concept and will dive into living examples of working towards equity across the educational ecosystem, as demonstrated by the work of those on the panel.

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 who are moving design for equity in education from a concept to a concrete reality. Pun intended. | contact: ambranca@gmail.com


Saturday September 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

4:15pm

FILM - "A Conspiracy"
A Conspiracy is a short documentary festuring residents of the Central District community who are concerned with the displacement and "development" that is pushing Black and Brown long-time residents out of the neighborhood they have cultivated.

Directed by a collective of young Seattle residents, this documentary exposes the damaging impact of displacement while foregrounding the historical significance of the Central District neighborhood for Black and Brown people.

Program Partners

Saturday September 19, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

4:30pm

PANEL - Activism By Design

Why wait for permission to act when you already have the right to your city, your neighborhood, and your home?  

Long-term Seattle residents, community organizers, and activists share creative strategies to resist gentrification and claim ownership of their neighborhoods’ historic cultural identification. Join our most active and engaged communities and learn how you can help shape a Seattle that is grounded in racial justice.

Panelists:
Amir Islam, United Hood Movement and RBG the CD
Mara Willaford, Black Lives Matter Seattle
Black Power Circle
Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association

Program Partners


Saturday September 19, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Sunday, September 20
 

10:00am

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
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Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Sunday September 20, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
Ballard Farmer's Market 5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Sunday September 20, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

PANEL + WORKSHOP - Artists at Play: Collaboration in Action

A two-part event: panel discussion + activity
11:00am panel discussion at Center Theater, Seattle Center; 12:00pm activity for all ages at the Artists at Play Playground, Seattle Center

The panel discussion will focus on the collaborative experience in design and how engagement, especially with the community of users, can affect design outcomes.  This moderated discussion will include key members of the Artists at Play design team: Site Workshop Landscape Architecture, Seattle Center and contributing artists.

Following the discussion, Artists at Play Olympics is intended to facilitate the exploration of the site through collaborative and lively activities. This is an activity open to all ages and abilities.

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11:00 am panel discussion will be located at Center Theater at Seattle Center, on the ground floor of the Armory just inside the east entry.
12:00 pm activity will be located at the Artists at Play Playground at Seattle Center.

(updated September 14, 2015) 


Program Partners
SW

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture
Contact: Andrea Fitch


Sunday September 20, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Center Theater, Seattle Center (on the ground floor of the Armory just inside the east entry) Center Theater, Seattle Center

11:00am

WORKSHOP - South Park Crisálida – Envisioning Community Transformation

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and South Park Arts co-present Horatio Law’s South Park Crisálida

Portland artist Horatio Law and South Park Arts present a hands-on art making workshop that invites community members and Design in Public participants to partner in the creation of South Park Crisálida, a temporary public artwork that will be installed in the South Park neighborhood.  Law’s sculpture invites the South Park community to be co-creator of the artwork by weaving “Community Yarns” that will form the outer skin of the artwork. Each participant will be able to create a 10’ “yarn” by weaving colorful ropes and incorporating personal artifacts. Design in Public participants are invited to observe and participate in this equity-building activity that empowers the community to create change.

Law is designing South Park Crisálida to raise community awareness about a sewer improvement project that Seattle Public Utilities will construct in 2016 and become a destination piece that attracts visitors to the neighborhood during construction. Through this workshop, community members and merchants will work together to build stronger ties, as well as incorporate their vision for a future transformed South Park.

“Community Yarns” created during the workshop will be displayed at the South Park Library (8604 Eighth Ave S, 98108) until South Park Crisálida is installed in spring 2016. The artwork is commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds.

More information on SPU's South Park Sewer Improvement Project can be found here.

ACCESSIBILITY: ADA/Wheelchair Accessible, Family Friendly, Scent-Free Space, Multilingual program: Spanish interpretation (please check back for additional language interpretation) 


Program Partners
SP

South Park Arts

South Park Arts is an organization dedicated to supporting, representing and promoting art and artists in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. South Park Arts regularly meets at 11 am on the first Sunday of the month at the South Park Neighborhood Center.
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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at seattle.gov/arts Follow @SeaOfficeofArts or facebook.com/SeattleArts  
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Horatio Hung-Yan Law

Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland based artist who works in installation and public art. Much of his work stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant. His work is a confluence of public art, installations and social practice that is place-based and community-centered, exploring issues of identity, memory, history and the meaning of community.  A common thread in his projects is the use of unexpected but... Read More →


Sunday September 20, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
Juan Colorado & AD Swayne Parking Lot 8709 14th Ave S, Seattle, 98108

11:30am

STREET FAIR - Mount Baker Town Center Street Festival 2015

Celebrating the 2015 Seattle Design Festival, this free family-friendly event will include music, entertainment, food trucks, and art exhibits on the Sound Transit Plaza and inside the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room. Through partnerships with the City of Seattle, local residents, and local business owners we have organized the street festival to bring together members of the Mt Baker community for a free and fun afternoon event. We hope attendees will enjoy meeting local artists and musicians as well as learning more about the history of the neighborhood and future improvements to transit and infrastructure. 

The event runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm and includes: 

  • Entertainment by Ian Siadak, Seattle Capoeira, Isidasidis, and Karim Koumbassa 
  • Food by Chopstix and Neema’s Comfort 
  • Special exhibits by The Lighthouse for the Blind, Seattle Design Nerds, Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/MtView, and Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts 
  • Art sale and exhibition at Artspace Mt Baker Lofts 
  • Sidewalk chalk gallery and other activities 


For this festival day only, Seattle's Bicycle Sunday route will be extended from Lake Washington Boulevard all the way to Cheasty Boulevard, bringing the community to the heart of the Town Center. Ride your bike and follow the signs to this fun-filled afternoon! 

This event is organized by Friends of Mount Baker Town Center with partial funding by the Seattle Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle. Sponsors include Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, Seattle Parks Foundation, and Sound Transit. 


Program Partners
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Friends of Mount Baker Town Center

Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is a community organization working to achieve the vision and promise of a vibrant transit-oriented urban village in Seattle's North Rainier Valley.


Sunday September 20, 2015 11:30am - 6:00pm
Mount Baker Station Rainier Ave S. between S. Winthrop St. and S. Forest St., Seattle

12:00pm

STREET FAIR - 1940s Street Games: The Street is Open to People!
1940s Street Games: The Street is Open to People!
The First Hill Improvement Association invites you to join us as we transform the recently installed pilot pavement-to-parks project at University St.,Union St., and Boylston Ave., into an afternoon throwback festival of street games, motown music, swing dancing, food and art-making. This event is appropriate for all ages and abilities, is free and open to the public. 

This park is the first of its kind in Seattle, and brings publicly accessible open space to a neighborhood where dense development and rapidly rising land values prohibit tradition park land acquisition. Appropriating the public realm to provide community gathering space meets a critical community need in a low-cost, creative, and flexible way. 
Come celebrate our neighborhood's history and our future!

More info at www.universitystreet.org

Program Partners

Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
UUB Pavement Park Intersection of University St., Union St., and Boyslton Ave., Seattle
 
Monday, September 21
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Monday September 21, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

WORKSHOP - Voices for Schools: Designing Equitable Education
Limited Capacity seats available

How can design create more equitable educational environments?

This interactive session, hosted by Mahlum, is the kick-off for the Voices for Schools project. People of all ages with broad educational backgrounds are invited to share and film their teaching and learning experiences. Interviews will be posted to voicesforschools.com.

 By collecting and broadcasting your voices, we can inform better educational design for the next generation. 

voicesforschools.com

voicesinfo@mahlum.com

Location Details
Seattle Central Library
Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
Level 4, Room 1

Program Partners
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Mahlum

Mahlum
We are interested in seeking out the the voices of the next generation.


Monday September 21, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

5:30pm

WORKSHOP - On Being the Change: Social Impacts of Human-Centered Design

This program investigates the deep social impacts of human-centered design.  Designers are but a domino in a very long line of dominoes.  There are a thousand things falling in place before us, and then we ourselves make a thousand other things happen after us.  We address designers' responsibility to those future "dominoes" to give them an equal chance at positive opportunities and outcomes.  The program highlights methods to go beyond an ordinary designer-client relationship by examining, for example, our impacts on the client’s clients, the neighborhood, and the population.

The program includes a workshop to give attendees the chance to discuss and share their ideas about social impact in design.

The location of this session will be:

Olson Kundig  |  159 S. Jackson Street  |  Seattle, WA  98104


Program Partners
avatar for Irina Wong

Irina Wong

Irina has spent her career working in architectural software and the digital environment. But even at the end of the day, she believes that design is not made of megabytes and mouse clicks, but of people and society.


Monday September 21, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Olson Kundig 159 S Jackson St, Seattle WA 98104

6:30pm

TOUR + PRESENTATION - Mind the Gap: Building a Bridge Between Historic Neighborhoods and Modern Urban Development

Join us as we explore a literal bridge connecting historic Mount Baker to dense urban development taking place in the Rainier Valley. Transit-oriented urban villages dropped in and around historic neighborhoods can create an equity gap with accessibility, infrastructure, cultural, and generational ramifications. For the Seattle Design Festival, local designers have  activated the pedestrian bridge on Rainier Avenue South with wayfinding and experiential graphics that seek to inspire residents and visitors alike in building community-powered solutions that bridge this gap.

We invite you to join designers for a free tour of the site followed by an engaging panel discussion in the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room (or visit the installation on your own time through the end of September).

Please RSVP. Arrive a few minutes early to check in at the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room. The tours will depart promptly at 6:30pm, with the panel discussion beginning at 7:15pm. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Panelists

  • Maia Segura, Penniless Projects 
  • Talis Abolins, Friends of Mt Baker Town Center 
  • Lance Matteson, SEED 
  • Barbara Oswald, Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts 
  • Jennifer Ott, Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks 
  • Michael James, SDOT Accessible Mount Baker 


Location Details

Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room (in the rear of the building opening onto the light rail station plaza), 2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Sponsors
This project is organized by JeppsonEGD and Penniless Projects with support from Friends of Mt. Baker Town Center. Sponsored by JeppsonEGD, Penniless Projects, Beacon Hill Merchants Association, Seattle Parks Foundation, Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, and Friends of Mt. Baker Town Center. Partial funding by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Department of Transportation. 


Program Partners
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Friends of Mount Baker Town Center

Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is a community organization working to achieve the vision and promise of a vibrant transit-oriented urban village in Seattle's North Rainier Valley.
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Noah Jeppson

Noah Jeppson is a recognized urban activation thought leader and experiential graphic designer. Based in Seattle, he focuses on wayfinding, exhibition design and placemaking projects that shape the way people interact with their surroundings and challenge traditional notions of place. By merging digital and physical solutions Noah creates new experiences that creatively solve communication challenges.
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Penniless Projects

Penniless Projects is a small, local, family-owned communications firm specializing in identity, strategic marketing plans, and outreach for community and economic development projects. The team of Maia Segura and Daimian Lix has worked with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, Community Cornerstones, and countless local community, business, and equitable development organizations to develop and activate community identities... Read More →



Monday September 21, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room 2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Tuesday, September 22
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:00am

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
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Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Tuesday September 22, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
City Hall Plaza 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Tuesday September 22, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

EXHIBIT - Mexico City: Recording the City // Urban Mobility Design Challenges

Access to the City is everyone's right. Unfortunately in reality this is not the case for everyone, be it Mexico City, or Seattle. The Seattle Design Festival exhibition entitled Recording the City presents documented conditions in Mexico City through the eyes of ten University of Washington architecture students. Through video recordings, sound recordings, written stories, drawings, and paintings, the exhibition intends to broaden people's perception of the City and how people inhabit and interact with it by probing viewers to ask questions about their own City. How do we see the City? How do we read it? How do we live with it, move through it, adapt to it? And how does the city adapt to our own behaviors? By asking these questions of ourselves, and through seeing rather than looking, we generate a greater respect and understanding of the diverse individuals and groups with whom we share the City.


Program Partners
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DESSUlab

DESSULab
We are a student organization that focuses on Design, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and Start Ups. Our objective is to connect students with the people, organizations, tools, knowledge and resources to develop and execute their ideas and projects in these fields.
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UW Dept of Architecture

The third biennial 2015 University of Washington Architecture in Mexico program gave 15 students the opportunity to live and work for three months in the teeming metropolis of Mexico City. Program instructors Robert Hutchison and Cory Mattheis asked their students to document a specific typological condition in the City that piqued their interest, giving each student a unique and specific lens through which to view the City throughout the... Read More →



Tuesday September 22, 2015 3:00pm - 9:00pm
The Belltown Collective 2231 1st Ave, Seattle WA

5:00pm

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity Open House
For the 2015 Design Festival, b9 architects is examining Seattle zoning, through a storefront installation and panel discussion.

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

 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Tuesday September 22, 2015 5:00pm - 8:00pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

6:30pm

WORKSHOP - ENCAMPED in Ballard: Let's House the Urban Poor
Seattle just legislated an encampment in Ballard to house the urban poor. We are a group of UW architecture students, and we need your help to create visionary ideas for this legislation.

The workshop will address the potential design of the Ballard encampment and its presence in Ballard. Who should live there? How should the land should be divided? What should be the rights and responsibilities of encampment residents, city officials, social service agency staff, and the neighbors of the Ballard encampment? How should the Ballard encampment be designed to add beauty to the neighborhood and to benefit everyone who lives, shops, and works in and around the site?  Using the Ballard encampment site as a case study, the workshop will engage you in exploring design concepts and provoking discussion about all the encampments Seattle is considering.

The program is targeted to several participant groups, and is open to everyone: 
  • Potential residents of the Ballard and other encampment sites
  • Decision-makers who will manage the encampment sites
  • Potential designers of the encampment sites
  • Neighbors who own or rent housing and businesses near the Ballard and other encampment sites
By the end of the evening, you will be able to show off a colorful model of your visionary ideas. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and be creative.

Please see our site survey for images of the Ballard encampment site, and our design concepts for possible approaches to the site. For more information about the status of the encampment legislation, see:
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-clears-way-for-3-new-homeless-camps/ 

The workshop is at the University of Washington in Gould Hall Court • 3950 University Way NE • Seattle WA 98105

Facilitated by UW Architecture Students:
Chad Bailey (M. Architecture 12.2015)
Heather Jenkins (M. Architecture 12.2015)
Hanna Tania (B. Arts Honors 06.2015)

Mentor
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton FAIA, Professor

Program Partners
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University of Washington

College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, within the UW's College of Built Environments, is a community of educators, scholars, and practitioners. We value excellence in teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and believe that design has the power to reflect an ideal world. | | Gould Hall Court • 3950 University Way NE • Seattle WA 98105



Tuesday September 22, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Gould Hall Court 3950 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195
 
Wednesday, September 23
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Wednesday September 23, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

5:00pm

TOUR - Bullitt Center: The World's Most Sustainable Building
Come and tour the greenest office building in the world, The Bullitt Center!  Participants will explore an inspiring living laboratory that shows a new way of designing the built environment.

The in-depth on-site tour of the Bullitt Center includes exposure to various green building strategies, including: energy systems, water systems, materials, architectural design as well as strategies that address health, equity, site and beauty.

Tickets cost $5 per person.  If the cost is limiting your ability to attend the tour, please email dcommons@uw.edu to apply for a waiver of the fee.

After your tour, join ILFI, Feet First and Sustainable Seattle for The Equity Drafting Table. This event is a free, interactive space to explore social justice and its role in green building. We're asking: What will it take to make Seattle inclusive and robust for all?

Please RSVP prior to the event as space is limited.  

Meet at the West entry to the Bullitt Center, located at 1501 East Madison adjacent to McGilvra Park.

Program Partners
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University of Washington, Center for Integrated Design

The Center for Integrated Design, composed of the Integrated Design Lab and the Discovery Commons, builds knowledge through discovery, advocacy and education about high performance built environments that better serve the health of people and the planet. The Center discovers new technologies and strategies for deeply higher building performance through funded research activities within its Integrated Design Lab, the IDL. The Center’s faculty... Read More →
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International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is a hub for visionary programs. ILFI administer the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. ILFI is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council and the home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners. By embracing... Read More →



Wednesday September 23, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122

6:00pm

WORKSHOP - The Equity Drafting Table

What will it take to make Seattle inclusive and robust for all?

The International Living Future Institute presents the Equity Drafting Table, an interactive event located at the Bullitt Center on Capitol Hill.

Neighbors from across the city, including partners from Sustainable SeattleFeet FirstSeattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) and King County will gather over refreshments provided by Fremont Brewing to explore strategies for making Seattle a thriving place for everyone.

Through a self-guided tour, attendees will engage with thought-provoking questions on topics of equity, privilege and green building. As you move about the space, you'll share insights to these inquiries in writing, pictures and conversation. You'll also discover a few of our programs, including the Living Community Challenge, and how we're collaborating with the First Hill neighborhood to bring some of these ideas into action. 

Stay for a beverage or the entire event—all ages and expertise are welcome. More info here.

Register here. 

The Bullitt Center is ADA accessible. Baby changing stations are available in both male and female restrooms. The program content will be designed to be accessible for all ages and abilities. 


Program Partners
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King County

King County government is engaging with employees and partners from the business, philanthropy, public and community/civic sectors to contribute to the development of an Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Strategic Plan. Through mutual creation by county government, our employees and the broader community, the ESJ Strategic Plan will impact lives and change inequities by focusing on institutional policies, practices and systems... Read More →
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Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
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Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.
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International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is a hub for visionary programs. ILFI administer the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. ILFI is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council and the home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners. By embracing... Read More →
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Sustainable Seattle

Sustainable Seattle is focused on the long-term resilience of the Puget Sound Region. The organization spearheads the PNW Resilience Challenge, a multi-year cross-sector initiative aimed at enhancing regional resilience in the face of accelerating urban growth and increasing threats from climate, earthquake, and other disruptions. Our on-the-ground work reflects these goals, engaging our lower income and industrial area citizens to make plans for... Read More →
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University of Washington

College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, within the UW's College of Built Environments, is a community of educators, scholars, and practitioners. We value excellence in teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and believe that design has the power to reflect an ideal world. | | Gould Hall Court • 3950 University Way NE • Seattle WA 98105



Wednesday September 23, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122
 
Thursday, September 24
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Thursday September 24, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

WORKSHOP - Hot Spot at Waterfront Park: Kids Design the Waterfront
Join Friends of Waterfront Seattle for Kids Design the Waterfront Thursday September 24 from 12-2 PM. This kid-centric event is free and open to the public at Hot Spot in Waterfront Park. See you there!

Hot Spot is a three-year park activation pilot presented by Friends of Waterfront Seattle preceding our central waterfront’s transformation into a 26-block park and cultural destination, with a stage designed by students from the University of Washington Master of Architecture program. Hot Spot is a place of constant change and a fresh, dynamic addition to our central waterfront that provides a preview of our urban shoreline’s future as a vibrant, dynamic park for all.

Program Partners
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Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the 501(c)(3) organization established to ensure Waterfront Seattle’s success as a beloved park. In collaboration with the City of Seattle, partner organizations, and the community at large, Friends of Waterfront Seattle is responsible for: Building awareness for Waterfront Seattle and the profound impact it will have on the city and region; Raising $80-$120 million in capital funding for the park from... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hot Spot at Waterfront Park 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98101

12:00pm

EXHIBITION - General Intellect
Aktionsart presents General Intellect, an exhibition of new work from James Coupe. Featuring a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service, this exhibition displays single and multi-channel video installations throughout an entire decaying school building in South Lake Union. Coupe makes the individuals behind mTurk visible by instructing workers to record a one minute video each hour from 9AM and 5PM, thus creating an archive of their regular daily routine.

General Intellect questions the value of digital and cultural labor, the shifting conditions of exploitation and the new forms of social alienation that we face today, alone and together. Curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 17, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs from Friday, September ​18 - Saturday, October 3, and is open Thu​rsday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00PM.

Program Partners
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Aktionsart

Director, Aktionsart
Cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and tech. I work to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. Talk to me about new ways of fusing the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to develop visionary projects that drive social innovation. Founder of Aktionsart and Black Box Festival (the first international art, film and tech festival in Seattle... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
General Intellect 201 Westlake Ave N, Seattle WA​ 98109

3:00pm

INSTALLATION - Lend Your Voice
LEND YOUR VOICE opens a dialogue with the communities that make up the neighborhoods of the seven Design Review districts in order to accomplish two goals. The first is to bring awareness to the Seattle's Design Review program and the opportunities the community at large has to engage in and impact that process. Secondly, through social media and community partnerships, we will host a feedback loop that can provide comments from those we engage to deliver to the city for inclusion in the Design Review process revisions in the coming year.

As part of the 2015 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL Volunteers from Weber Thompson are here to talk to you about design and development in Seattle.

WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE? THIS YEAR’S SDF THEME ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT MAKES DESIGN EQUITABLE.

As architects, we at Weber Thompson feel design is most equitable when all voices are heard. Our city has a system in place for citizens to express their thoughts on development but it can be overwhelming. We’re here to explain the process and help you lend your voice to influence the city where you live!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
  • WHAT IS DESIGN REVIEW
  • STAGES OF SEATTLE’S DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S DESIGN GUIDELINES
  • ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDELINES
  • HOW TO UNDERSTAND A NOTICE & GET INVOLVED


Program Partners
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Weber Thompson

Weber Thompson Architects
Weber Thompson is an architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm founded in Seattle in 1987. Most of our work is in the Seattle and Puget Sound region, so we are intimately familiar with the design and construction process in this city. Our goal at the Seattle Design Festival this year is to educate the public about getting more involved in shaping the built environment of the city they call home. Together, we can ensure that... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 3:00pm - 7:30pm
Queen Anne Farmer's Market 1935 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Work Party 2 - 23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech.

Hack the CD, Umoja PEACE Center, Heart Haven Artist Cooperative, and Africatown Preservation and Development Association will be opening a pop-up space at 23rd and Union.

For the past two months, this group of community stakeholders has been collecting feedback from a black board mural at the location, which was launched during the 2015 Umoja Fest and sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The response has been revealing, and our community has confirmed that they’d like to see a sense  of Black pride, empowerment, and business.

We’d like to create an art gallery, retail space, and tech lounge in this pop-up space and we need your help!

For Work Party 2, after setting the stage with paint and ideas, this is the time to put the finishing touches on the space. Bring your hands, tools, and hearts. 


Program Partners

Thursday September 24, 2015 5:00pm - 10:00pm
23rd & Union Pop Up: Art, Retail, Tech. Corner of 23rd Avenue and Union Street

5:30pm

PRESENTATION - AIA COTE Design for Equity Sustainability Slam

On September 24th, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) is hosting a “Design for Equity Sustainability Slam”: an assembly of short slide presentations giving people a chance to stand and share work with the sustainable design community in Seattle. The format is meant to quickly disperse information and encourage conversation. The theme of equity adds an interesting dimension to our thinking about sustainability. For instance, the building industry in North America can play a critical role in slowing the impacts of human induced global warming, as our carbon emissions have unequitable impacts on the most vulnerable citizens of the world. 

Doors open at 5:30pm, light food and drink will be provided.  Presentations start at 6:00pm and go till 7:15pm.

Speakers

We’re currently accepting submissions for the opportunity to speak at the slam. If you’re interesting in presenting, please submit your ideas in the following format:

  • Name:
  • Project or idea title:
  • Narrative explaining why the project (or concept) have innovative sustainable ideas on equity.
  • Slides of project or concept work as 21 slides in PDF format (you will have 20 seconds per slide when presenting).

Please email submissions to aia.cote.seattle@gmail.com by September 4th.  Individuals selected to present at the Sustainability Slam will be notified by September 7th.  A schedule of speakers will be sent out once confirmed.


Location:
At Friends of Waterfront Seattle, 1400 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98111


Program Partners
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AIA Committee on the Environment

Co-chair, AIA COTE Seattle
Sustainable Architecture


Thursday September 24, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Waterfront Space 1400 Western Avenue, Seattle

6:00pm

PRESENTATION - PKN SEA vol. 65: Design for Equity
Limited Capacity seats available

PKN SEA vol. 65: Design for Equity will bring together a wide array of speakers from across our community to explore the complex issues surrounding designing for equity from a layered, multidisciplinary perspective. This program exists to provide attendees - members of both the design community and the general public - with a forum in which to explore the complexity, dimension and opportunities embedded within the intersection of design and equity, celebrating the design practitioners, community leaders and other agents of transformation who are working at the forefront re-shaping our understanding of designing for equity.

Program Partners
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Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation
The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.
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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →
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Pecha Kucha Seattle

Contact: Ana Pinto da Silva


Thursday September 24, 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

6:00pm

TOUR - Equitable Bike Ramble
Seattle is undergoing a massive physical transformation and there are many possible venues to capture fresh ideas to design our urban environment for all.
Join us for a bike ride invigorated by real-time, site-specific presentations and discussions about equity in urban design.

6:00 pm: Convene in Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave S) 
6:10 pm: Equitable Bike Ramble begins!
7:30 pm: Rendezvous at Brave Horse Tavern (310 Terry Ave N)
9:00 pm: Evening adjourns

This ride is for all skill levels who are able to join us for a medium paced bike, unicycle, recumbant ride. BYOB or BAB (bring your own bike or borrow a bike).
All non-bikers and bikers alike are welcome to attend the social after.

RSVP by Friday, September 18 – space is limited: https://www.aiaseattle.org/event/udf-equitable-bike-ramble/

Program Partners
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AIA Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum Member Committee serves AIA Seattle’s Society vision. The committee serves members and the community by bringing forward critical issues facing Puget Sound neighborhoods and cities, in order to inform, engage and support advocacy by AIA Seattle members and others who share a concern for the quality of the built environment.
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Marisa Hagney

Co-Chair, AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum
After living in Copenhagen for a semester and experiencing the world's best cycling infrastructure, Marisa became fascinated by human-scaled cities and great urban design. Experience in architecture, ecological construction methodologies and project management contribute to Marisa's enthusiasm to work with the Living Building Challenge Team at the International Living Future Institute. She spends her time exploring the city on bike or foot... Read More →
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Cameron Hall

Senior Project Designer, Perkins+Will
Talk to me about our 4 P+W projects being designed under the Seattle Living Building Pilot, one of which is a potential seven story mass timber project. Also, let's talk about metrics for evaluating environmental performance for urban design on the path to carbon neutrality.


Thursday September 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Hing Hay Park 423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Friday, September 25
 

9:00am

INSTALLATION: Universal Play Kiosk
The popular Universal Play Kiosk, one of the SDF2015 Rumble installations, has moved to its new home at the Paul G. Allen building on UW campus. The Universal Play Kiosk aims to address the challenges of creating immersive, collaborative, technology-rich environments. We wish our space to accentuate team engagement, all-the-while supporting the technologies and positioning devices that we bring but not allowing those devices to take center-stage. Whether you require a wheelchair, a stander, a cane, or a cozy space under the table, this configurable space was designed with the goal of facilitating your participation.

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Computer Science & Engineering department of UW promotes independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments by use of new technologies, while being careful not to isolate end-users from their collaborators or correspondents inadvertently through the introduction of technology. Modularity affords adjustable displays on-the-fly, engaging anyone who may join. Colors, shadows, textures, and sounds provide a fun, sensory feast for all!

Design Team
Anat Caspi
Gyorgy Zatloka
Setion Branko
Kevin Porter
Milena Batova
Sarah Haase
Hoffman Construction 


Location Information
Getting to the Paul G. Allen building:  http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?CSE

Program Partners
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Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction
SERVICES:Being a good partner is about more than meeting schedules and budgets.Today, it means collaborating with owners, architects, and the community to enhance every aspect of the project. Supported by the latest technology, deep in-house resources, and an old-school work ethic, Hoffman’s comprehensive services maximize value for our customers. From solving the toughest technical challenges to building a diverse workforce, we focus... Read More →



10:05am

PARTY - PLAY4ALL – Closing PLAY DAY

Integrus Architecture and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are bringing PLAY4ALL to The Ninety!  There will be eight playable installations made from repurposed materials from local businesses, including Sounders FC soccer gear. This event is free for all ages.

 

BACKGROUND

As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.  Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment.

 

FRAMEWORK FOR EQUITY
In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.


In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!


Program Partners
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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated, we hope to make the world a better place – for everyone – to live, to work, and to learn.
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The Ninety

What is THE NINETY? THE NINETY, located at 406 Occidental Avenue S., is a cultural hub of soccer and a gathering place for all soccer fans to celebrate the world’s game.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 10:05am - 4:00pm
The Ninety 406 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle WA 98104

10:05am

EXHIBITION - zoning :: equity

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 is a complex subject. This exhibition illuminates the relationship between zoning and inequity and provide an opportunity to envision zoning as equitable and enhancing. 

This installation in the b9 Architects storefront in Pioneer Square poses the questions: 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? 

A series of maps shows information about height, bulk, transit, race, cost, and more. In concert with the mapping studies are sculptural sections of a case study neighborhood. These sections, through color and scale, represent zoning and related size requirements. They show what an existing neighborhood looks like, and provide the opportunity to rearrange elements and explore what this neighborhood could look like. 

An open house on Tuesday, September 22 invites the community into our office to view the project and join us in this conversation. 


Program Partners
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b9 architects

b9 architects


Friday September 25, 2015 10:05am - 9:05pm
b9 Architects 610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

EXHIBITION - General Intellect
Aktionsart presents General Intellect, an exhibition of new work from James Coupe. Featuring a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service, this exhibition displays single and multi-channel video installations throughout an entire decaying school building in South Lake Union. Coupe makes the individuals behind mTurk visible by instructing workers to record a one minute video each hour from 9AM and 5PM, thus creating an archive of their regular daily routine.

General Intellect questions the value of digital and cultural labor, the shifting conditions of exploitation and the new forms of social alienation that we face today, alone and together. Curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 17, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs from Friday, September ​18 - Saturday, October 3, and is open Thu​rsday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00PM.

Program Partners
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Aktionsart

Director, Aktionsart
Cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and tech. I work to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. Talk to me about new ways of fusing the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to develop visionary projects that drive social innovation. Founder of Aktionsart and Black Box Festival (the first international art, film and tech festival in Seattle... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
General Intellect 201 Westlake Ave N, Seattle WA​ 98109

6:00pm

PARTY - #SDF2015 Celebration
Friday, September 25, 2015
6-10pm
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Event Tickets are on sale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cash bar. 


Join us for an evening of celebrating Design for Equity and the people who make it possible and worthwhile.  

DJ / Live Performances / Food / Cash Bar / Dancing / Raffle / Design.  Details coming soon.

Program Partners
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CUSTOMS

DJ, CUSTOMS
CUSTOMS is dedicated to bringing the fringes of electronic music to the forefront. Emerging artists, aesthetics, new trends in sound design. In love with microculture. Sponsors and organizes events both big and small.
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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. We catalyze change by supporting imagination, vision and... Read More →
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Nightingale Dance Theatre

Nightingale Dance Theatre
Performance art for your special event! Jennifer Carroll has been performing around the world, from Seattle to LA, NY, Boston, Baltimore, to Macedonia and Bangladesh, spreading starkly compelling whimsy everywhere!


Friday September 25, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Surface Theory 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104