The Seattle Architecture Foundation 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit

2021 is a year of aspiration. Emerging from COVID lockdown, we are ready to take a deep breath and consider our future. Aspiration means ambition and the act of breathing in. SAF’s 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit theme “Breathe” is meant to inspire submissions that reflect on this dual meaning: faced with the passing of an immediate crisis, how will we pause and rethink our world? When we do exhale, what new forms will we breathe into life?

24th Annual Model Exhibit: Breathe

Will we reassess the current regime of hermetically sealed buildings or build in ways that flow with, rather than against, nature? Will we emerge onto streets previously clogged with traffic to create places for gathering and community? Or, will we veer towards ever-tighter control with technologically-driven filtration systems and capsule-living, like astronauts on our own planet?

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic present an opportunity to re-evaluate our relationship to the air, that atmosphere that wraps the Earth and sustains us. For the 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit, SAF showcases submissions dealing with pandemic or climate-related adaptations.

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Past Exhibits


2020- Iterations

Iterations celebrates the germination of a design idea and how it's nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, modeling and material studies. These studies serve a myriad of functions, whether they depict the architectural elements employed, represent the building in its site, or serve to test a custom detail or connection. Iterations examines the dynamics of the design process, demonstrates the path to a final concept, and illustrates the influence a completed project has on the continuing evolution of the built environment.

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