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

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

Partner Programs

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

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Monday, September 14

6:30pm PDT

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.

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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Monday September 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Pike Place Market
Tuesday, September 15

5:00pm PDT

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.


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 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... Read More →

Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Waterfront Space 1400 Western Avenue, Seattle
Thursday, September 17

4:00pm PDT

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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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... Read More →
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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 →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Mack Urban

VP of Development, Mack Urban LLC

Thursday September 17, 2015 4:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
DLR Group 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101
Friday, September 18

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Saturday, September 19

4:30pm PDT

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.

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 PDT
Seattle Public Library - Central Library 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Sunday, September 20

11:00am PDT

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.


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

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture
Contact: Andrea Fitch

Sunday September 20, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Center Theater, Seattle Center (on the ground floor of the Armory just inside the east entry) Center Theater, Seattle Center
Monday, September 21

6:30pm PDT

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.


  • 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

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Monday September 21, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room 2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Thursday, September 24

5:30pm PDT

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.


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.

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 PDT
Waterfront Space 1400 Western Avenue, Seattle

6:00pm PDT

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... 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... Read More →

Pecha Kucha Seattle

Contact: Ana Pinto da Silva

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