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. If you are interested in joining the Design in Depth Committee please contact our Program Director, Kim Owens.

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.

For examples of past events please see our Design in Depth Archives

*Program pricing and locations vary

Level Up Your Street!

For ages 10-16
August 17, 10:00 – 12:00 PM
At Board & Vellum
115 15th Avenue East
Suite 100


Your street, your vision. What would it look like if YOU designed a section of Capitol Hill? What would a leveled up street look like? The Seattle Architecture Foundation and Board & Vellum invite youth ages 10-16 to take the lead in reinvigorating the streetscape by designing and modeling their own parklet.

During this two hour workshop participants will learn about parklets and their potential to change and challenge traditional city landscapes, gain hands on experience creating three dimensional models, and work alongside local architects and landscape architects from the Board & Vellum office. Each participant will have the opportunity to design a parklet that will improve, or “level up”, the pedestrian experience.

This event is part of the ninth annual Seattle Design Festival. The festival features citywide tours, exhibits, outdoor installations, activities, neighborhood design crawls and more from August 16 -25. The 2019 theme explores how we achieve the BALANCE that is needed for our earth, our communities and our families.

FREE RSVP

SODO Track Tour

Presented by 4Culture in conjunction with SAF
August 21, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
In the SODO neighborhood


The SODO Track has transformed the portal to Downtown Seattle – a two-mile transit corridor traveled by over 50,000 daily – into a free and accessible urban art gallery exhibiting the work of over 60 artists from 20 countries who visually explore the themes of motion, speed and progress. Join 4Culture’s Public Art Director Kelly Pajek for a walking tour of SODO Track. Kelly will be joined by Kathleen Warren, co-founder of Overall Creative, and Seattle artists Kristen Ramirez and Brian Sanchez. They will provide a personal look into the artwork, project history and partnerships that make this unique public art project possible.

SAF is co-hosting this event with 4Culture in conjunction with the exhibit, Discover + Disrupt, produced by Electric Coffin for AIA Seattle and on display at the Center for Architecture and Design. This event is part of the ninth annual Seattle Design Festival. The festival features citywide tours, exhibits, outdoor installations, activities, neighborhood design crawls and more from August 16 -25.

Photo: @Wiseknave Artists in Photo: Jillian Evelyn, Elliot Routledge, Evah Fan

FREE RSVP

Stories in Stone: Looking for Geology on the Sidewalks of Seattle

September 14, 10:00 – 12:00 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.

Photo: Andrew Croneberger

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

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

(Past Event) Embrace the Rain: Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure

May 21, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design


Learn about rain gardens and other forms of green infrastructure that you can incorporate in your yard and neighborhood. The 12,000 Rain Garden campaign for Puget Sound has been elevating green infrastructure strategies since 2011 and provides tons of resources and support for designers, communities, and home owners looking to turn the tide on pollution. Join us for this interactive workshop and start planning your dream garden.

This program is held in conjunction with the AIA Seattle Exhibit Because It Rains, which runs through May 25 at the Center for Architecture and Design.

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

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



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