PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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Public Programs 2019

The Seattle Architecture Foundation produces a number of public programs each year including talks, workshops and special tours that connect the public to the built environment. Some of our programs are tied to a series, like Design in Depth and some are stand-alone events. SAF program content is often coordinated with exhibits on display at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Design in Depth
The Design in Depth series was created to stimulate design conversations and engage the community. This program is volunteer driven and volunteers are responsible for developing and implementing all presentations. For examples of past events please see our Design in Depth Archives. If you are interested in joining the Design in Depth Committee please contact our Program Director, Kim Owens.

*Program pricing and locations vary

Get Involved! Volunteer Information Session

November 7, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Ave


Did you know that SAF programs are nearly all volunteer organized? SAF volunteers help plan events, tours, exhibits, youth programs, and talks. From one-time commitments like event photographer to leadership roles like committee-chair there’s a place for everyone and every level of engagement. At this casual information session current SAF volunteers will be onsite to talk about their experiences volunteering and answer any questions you might have. Join us to learn more about how you can become part of the team and help us shape Seattle!

Free RSVP

Photo: Wendy Simons

(New Time Added!) Stories in Stone: Looking for Geology on the Sidewalks of Seattle

November 16, 10:00 – 12:00 PM (Sold Out) & 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Outside of Storyville Coffee
1001 1st Ave


Most people do not think of looking for geology on the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist, any good rock can tell a fascinating story. All one has to do is look at building stone downtown to discover a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. Building stones tell the stories of our cultural and natural history. On this 1.5 mile walk, join author David B. Williams and explore stone ranging from ancient (3.5 billion years old) to nascent (just 120,000 years old), see fossils as large as a cinnamon roll, as well as the same type of rock used by the Romans to build the Colosseum. We will discuss history, geology, and architecture to give a newfound appreciation for the urban wilds of Seattle.

Tickets

Photo: Andrew Croneberger

DID | Symbiosis: Re-imagining the City’s Future (Past Event)

September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Reception 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Program 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture & Design


Symbiosis presents the work of many architects, each of whom express the notion of a symbiotic relationship through the long-standing tradition of model making. The exhibition examines architecture’s reciprocal relationship with community, and investigates a city’s discourse with nature.

Join us for this illuminating discussion. We’ve invited three architects featured in Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 22nd Annual Model Exhibit: Symbiosis to discuss their models and humans’ symbiotic relationship with technology, sustainability, and how it will that shape our future.

Panelists:
Sarah Haase,Schemata Workshop
Matthias Olt, DLR Group
Mona Zellars, Johnson Architects

Moderator:
Noelle Galicia, Weber Thompson

Video: Chris Schanz

DID | Urban Transformations: The Power of Public Art (Past Event)

July 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design


Seattle is the fastest growing American city of the decade. This is reflected by our continuously evolving skyline, as old buildings are demolished and new ones erected. As our built environment rapidly changes it is crucial that we maintain the identity of our city. Embedding public art within a city has transformative effects that shape, empower and culturally enrich urban spaces.

The exhibit, “Discover and Disrupt,” produced by Electric Coffin for AIA examines what it would look like if cities were shaped with whimsy and humanity, and if art was able to thrive beyond commercial spaces. Public Art is critical to the cultural vitality of a city, and yet the actors that shape our cities are under the constant strain to minimize budgets and maximize efficiency. The goal of this conversation is to identify obstacles and highlight opportunities of how we can strategically and organically integrate art into Seattle’s evolving urban fabric.

Moderator:
Jesslyn Howard, Board and Vellum

Panelists:
Greg Bell, Chief Curator at Vulcan, Inc.
Duffy De Armas, Founder and Co-Owner at Electric Coffin
Matthew McMurray, Founder and Director at Treason Gallery
Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Director at Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

This program is held in conjunction with the AIA Seattle Exhibit Discover & Disrupt, which runs through August 31 at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Photo: Trevor Dykstra
Video:Chris Schanz

DID | Because it Rains: How Rain Shapes Seattle (Past Event)

April 16, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Reception at 5:30
At the Center for Architecture and Design


The words “Rain” and “Seattle” are nearly synonymous with each other. For those that live in this city, each individual has experienced the beauty, chaos, and monotony that is Seattle’s rain. The characteristics of rain, whether it be smell, sound, touch, or the emotional feelings triggered, have shaped the built environment and ethos of Seattle.

The AIA Exhibit “Because it Rains” examines the individuality of rain events across the United States and internationally to discover design responses to varying characteristics of rain. The goal of this panel is share stories and experiences of how Rain and its unique characteristics have shaped the built environment in Seattle today, and looking toward the future, how the today’s built environment can respond differently.

Panelists:
Peregrine Church, Founder Rainworks
Mónica Guzmán, Co-Founder & Director, The Evergrey
John Sundstrom, Chef-Owner, Lark, Slab Sandwiches + Pie, Southpaw
Jordan Zlotoff, Project Manager, Landscape Architect, Berger Partnership

Moderator:
Laura Bartunek Assoc. AIA & Curator, Because it Rains



Video:Chris Schanz
Thank you to our Design in Depth series sponsors

Diamond:
LMN

Platinum:


Gold:
Hargis Engineers Inc.
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
Morrison Hershfield
Skellenger Bender P.S.

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What's better than a Listicle? Taking a sunny walking tour of some of downtown Seattle's best Hidden Spaces/Public Places! Still time to join us for tomorrow's tour!

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Smith Tower, more than a century old, goes LEED Platinum

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Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour – Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Learn about the history of Schmitz Reserve Park

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The Madrona neighborhood has seen many transitions from beach-side playground to "streetcar suburb". Learn more on our Madrona tour on 8/3.

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Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces on our Hidden Spaces Tour on July 12.

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Future Seattle 2020 - Tallest Building Projects and Proposals in Seattle

Following up on last weekend's content, here's a video showing a rendered snapshot of future Seattle. Note, the alternative design for 701 4th Ave by local firm LMN Architects at the end!

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There's an Upcoming Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style this Friday. A great chance to train your eye for detail.

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