Community by Design: Mainstreets in a Changing America

Opening night reception April 27, 5 -8 PM
Special Guest, Kevin Daniels, Daniels Real Estate to deliver opening remarks at 6 PM
On view April 28 – June 10
At the Center for Architecture & Design

Innovation, renewal and reinvention are some of our nation’s core values. Nowhere are they more evident than in the storefronts,warehouses and plazas in our cities, towns and neighborhoods. The Main Street America Program empowers community members to be change-makers, and to leverage the power of place to develop desirable cities and towns emblematic of our uniquely American identity. Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America presents several unique case studies from across the country that demonstrate how the Main Street America program and similar models can be springboards for community empowerment and help us preserve the places we love.

Thank you to our exhibit sponsor:

GLY Construction

Exhibit Related Programming

Developer & Business Owner Tour of International District
Presented by SCIDpda and the CIDBIA
May 15, 4:00-6:00 PM

Main Street America’s program focuses on helping communities engage in preservation based, community driven development. The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has been doing just that since 1975, leveraging relationships with local developers and property owners to help ensure that the Chinatown-International District neighborhood remains the vibrant heart of Seattle’s Asian American community. On this tour, SCIDpda and the CIDBIA will lead participants through the neighborhood to explore community focused developments both old and new, including International Village District Square, Hirabayashi Place, and the upcoming Asian Plaza redevelopment. Local developers, property owners, and small business owners will share their thoughts and experiences with attendees.

Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle
Featuring author, Chuck Wolfe
June 1, 4:00-6:00 PM

Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts, building vibrant downtowns that reflect and serve local communities. As our urban spaces change ever more quickly, we find it easy to talk about the changes we do or do not want to see, but the urban landscape is largely experienced visually. Local author, urbanist and land use lawyer Chuck Wolfe believes that this realm of missing visual expression helps citizens, design professionals and elected officials alike get to the heart of what matters to them in changing neighborhoods. In his new book, “Seeing the Better City,” Wolfe details his urban diary technique, using close looking and photography from Seattle and international venues to see and understand their urban environment and how human experience intersects with the built world. Wolfe will present a brief talk, based on his book, followed by a walk through CfAD’s surrounding neighborhood demonstrating his urban diary techniques and inviting participants to begin their process to envisioning a better Seattle.

Attendance to the talk will be limited to 50, but we are limited the attendance to the walk to 25. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera – or phone! – on the walk.



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Develop an appreciation for the social forces that shaped Seattle and our built environment on Saturday's Greatest Hits tour.

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Dilettante Mocha Café (in Rainier Square) | Seattle, WA | April 29, 2017 | Seattle Architecture


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 appreciat