ADVOCACY

DISCOVER THE POWER OF ADVOCACY

Take a look at those buildings that elicit a genuine sense of pride within your community.

TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE BUILDINGS THAT ELICIT A GENUINE SENSE OF PRIDE WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY.

Almost without exception, each one is the result of a solid partnership between the designer and the client. Design professionals believe that their finest projects are the result of strong partnerships with clients who are informed, engaged and enthusiastic. These are clients who have a clear vision for the project at hand, who take the time necessary to understand a given situation and then make an informed decision, and who are willing to do whatever it takes to get it right. With most public projects, we — the residents and business owners of a given community — are the clients of a larger city, county or state government. Too often, however, we allow that government to make decisions for us, becoming involved only when dissatisfied with the results. In Seattle and its surrounding communities, the idea of an active, informed citizenry is embedded deep within the culture, and we’re fortunate to live in a region with multiple opportunities to become involved in community design and planning issues. After all, from these issues come decisions, and these decisions affect everything from the community’s overall quality of life to its economic development right down to where you can live, work and play. Even projects located far from your front door can affect the value of your property, the traffic you face and so on. In Seattle today, current issues with wide-ranging implications include the replacement of the waterfront seawall, the replacement of the viaduct, and the design and funding of various transportation options.

With so many changes headed our way, the time to get involved is now.

Visit Shape Your Community to find the right opportunity to begin shaping your community. • Read our SAF Newsletter to stay up-to-date on many community design issues or to receive our newsletter monthly, send your email address to Sydney@seattlearchitecture.org. • Get involved as a volunteer and make a difference in your community. Learn about SAF’s volunteer opportunities and sign up online. • Learn more about other design resources; visit our Links & Print Resources.

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