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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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#SDF2015 Block Party [clear filter]
Saturday, September 12
 

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →




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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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.


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... 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.


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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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SRG Partnership

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


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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Director of Community & Talent, Artefact
As Artefact’s Director of Community + Talent, Dave understands that regardless of where someone’s at in their career, every interaction with a person is a chance to gain knowledge and perspective. Dave has helped some of the most celebrated brands and creative teams on the globe... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - I

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
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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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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
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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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 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... Read More →
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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.


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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... 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... 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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →

Sponsors
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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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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
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... 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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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... 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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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... 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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Sunday, September 13
 

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →




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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... 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.


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

10:00am PDT

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 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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SRG Partnership

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


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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Director of Community & Talent, Artefact
As Artefact’s Director of Community + Talent, Dave understands that regardless of where someone’s at in their career, every interaction with a person is a chance to gain knowledge and perspective. Dave has helped some of the most celebrated brands and creative teams on the globe... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

BLOCK PARTY INSTALLATION - I

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →


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

10:00am PDT

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 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... Read More →
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.


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

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

10:00am PDT

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... 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... 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.



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

10:00am PDT

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... Read More →

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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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... 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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... 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... Read More →



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

10:00am PDT

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
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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... Read More →
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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
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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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Occidental Mall/Park 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104