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#SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY  |  SEPTEMBER 12-25

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

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

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

Partner Programs
Daily
Citywide 

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

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Saturday, September 12
 

10:05am PDT

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

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

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

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

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


Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation

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


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

10:05am PDT

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

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

Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation

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


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

10:30am PDT

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

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

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

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

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


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

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

The mission of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.   Through neighborhood revitalization... Read More →
avatar for Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in... Read More →
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 Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood... Read More →
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel... Read More →
avatar for Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four... Read More →


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

12:30pm PDT

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

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

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

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

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


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

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

The mission of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.   Through neighborhood revitalization... Read More →
avatar for Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in... Read More →
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 Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood... Read More →
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel... Read More →
avatar for Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm PDT
King Street Station 303 South Jackson Street
 
Sunday, September 13
 

1:00pm PDT

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

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

Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle Architecture Foundation

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


Sunday September 13, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Seattle Architecture Foundation Rainier Square Atrium, Third Floor 1333 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300
 
Thursday, September 17
 

2:00pm PDT

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Program Partners
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 →


Thursday September 17, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
DLR Group 51 University Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Friday, September 18
 

12:00pm PDT

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

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

Program Partners

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

Panelists

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


Location Details

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

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


Program Partners
avatar for Friends of Mount Baker Town Center

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.
avatar for Noah Jeppson

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 →
avatar for Penniless Projects

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
 
Wednesday, September 23
 

5:00pm PDT

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

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

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

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

Please RSVP prior to the event as space is limited.  

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

Program Partners
avatar for University of Washington, Center for Integrated Design

University of Washington, Center for Integrated Design

The Center for Integrated Design, composed of the Integrated Design Lab and the Discovery Commons, builds knowledge through discovery, advocacy and education about high performance built environments that better serve the health of people and the planet. The Center discovers new technologies... Read More →
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 →



Wednesday September 23, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122
 
Thursday, September 24
 

6:00pm PDT

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

6:00 pm: Convene in Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave S) 
6:10 pm: Equitable Bike Ramble begins!
7:30 pm: Rendezvous at Brave Horse Tavern (310 Terry Ave N)
9:00 pm: Evening adjourns

This ride is for all skill levels who are able to join us for a medium paced bike, unicycle, recumbant ride. BYOB or BAB (bring your own bike or borrow a bike).
All non-bikers and bikers alike are welcome to attend the social after.

RSVP by Friday, September 18 – space is limited: https://www.aiaseattle.org/event/udf-equitable-bike-ramble/

Program Partners
avatar for AIA Urban Design Forum

AIA Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum Member Committee serves AIA Seattle’s Society vision. The committee serves members and the community by bringing forward critical issues facing Puget Sound neighborhoods and cities, in order to inform, engage and support advocacy by AIA Seattle members and... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Hagney

Marisa Hagney

Co-Chair, AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum
After living in Copenhagen for a semester and experiencing the world's best cycling infrastructure, Marisa became fascinated by human-scaled cities and great urban design. Experience in architecture, ecological construction methodologies and project management contribute to Marisa's... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Hall

Cameron Hall

Senior Project Designer, Perkins+Will
Talk to me about our 4 P+W projects being designed under the Seattle Living Building Pilot, one of which is a potential seven story mass timber project. Also, let's talk about metrics for evaluating environmental performance for urban design on the path to carbon neutrality.


Thursday September 24, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Hing Hay Park 423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104