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

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Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm

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

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

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Film [clear filter]
Monday, September 14

7:00pm PDT

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... 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... Read More →
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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 PDT
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday, September 22

3:00pm PDT

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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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... Read More →
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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.

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