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  • Exhibit / Installation:
    July 13-September 2, 10:00AM-5:00PM
    What we learn through play impacts our physical, mental, social, and creative health. Designers and play advocates are taking notice. Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, while telling the story behind some of the most...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 8-16, 12:00AM-11:59PM
    Futurama Redux is a project/exhibition which is authored by Smarter than Car and shown in Seattle upon invitation of Coltura as local community partner and produced by DLR Group. Futurama Redux is the first U.S. showing of an international travelling...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 8-22, 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Inspired by the short film “Powers of Ten” by Charles and Ray Eames, FRAMED SPACES is a storefront exhibition that celebrates the power of creating community through both thoughtful design and human spontaneity. As a series of graphics, FRAMED SPACES...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-22, 12:00AM-11:59PM
    An intervention into the fabric of Seattle’s built environment, Leviathan! is a site-specific work designed by Olson Kundig. This mysterious mass between two buildings in Pioneer Square questions the nebulous nature of power. Appearing both solid and atmospheric depending on...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-22, 12:00AM-11:59PM
    In collaboration with SDF, design practice Civilization is bringing the Tolerance exhibit, created by graphic designer Mirko Ilic, to Seattle. Tolerance has traveled around the world, adding a poster on the same subject at each stop. The exhibit seeks a...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-22, 12:00AM-11:59PM
    In 1861 the University of Washington, a single-building campus, was located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The fashionable classical language at the time placed the symmetrical front façade on axis with University Street, making a symbolic connection to the...
  • Activity:
    September 9-22, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Every September, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, and city officials to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. Since 2011, the Seattle Design Festival has been presented by...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    This summer, Power Posing will hit the streets of Seattle. Made famous by Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk from 2012, Power Posing harnesses the potential of body language in communicating self-confidence. Scientific research shows that acting powerfully leads to feeling powerful,...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    THE PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS is an audio installation designed to create a unique opportunity for Festival-goers to engage with the voices of our marginalized communities. This installation aims to humanize the experiences of the marginalized and encourage coalitions between...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The Urban Deprivation Box takes us on a journey from the wonders of nature to the devastating consequence of our choices in everyday life. Change starts with the power of one. One person, one community, one world. You have the...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Power of Perspective is a display of reflection, transparency, light & color. A framework of pathways gives the user varying views: one angle shows reflection but a shift in perspective creates transparency. As in life, sometimes having a different perspective...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    In Lima, Peru, 3 million slum occupants don’t have reliable access to clean water. Lima receives less than an inch of rain annually but does have a thick fog bank half the year. To find a renewable source of water,...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Participants walk along a pathway of healing trees that pull toxins from the earth. Each tree represents a different healing power intended for contributing visions of change. Titles of the five trees: Prison Industrial Complex Financial/Gender Equality The 99% Educational...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    HELLO is a low-tech commentary on the power of direct communication, privacy and intimacy in a hi-tech world. It starts conversations between people who otherwise may not interact, and encourages a level of real contact that is unachievable through text...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Our concept encourages groups of 2-4 people to work together towards a common goal (reward) by combining their joint efforts. With each player simply touching the installation, a combination of lighting patterns and a sound track are created. People will...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Have an open conversation about the design of projects in Seattle and cast your vote. Visit our booth and get information about urban design and recently built Design Review projects all over Seattle. Also learn about the Design Review program,...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    At birth we are assigned an identity by our families and others around us. Queer identities surface when we realize that we’ve been wearing the mask of heteronormative identity our whole lives. ERASURE celebrates the non-manufactured queer identity and asks...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    In order to achieve something successfully, we must work together across our differences, utilizing our uniqueness and learning from one another. Gestalt is an interactive dialogue about this sentiment. A field of modules containing faces of color, and faces of...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Can We Be Here? extends our ongoing dialogue about the right for individuals and groups to occupy public space—at what times, in what locations, in what ways. The installation operates as an interactive program to broadcast different perspectives and gather...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The (re)WALL seeks to rethink the wall as an attractor rather than a divider, offering to give those who approach it power through their experience with it. The (re)WALL demonstrates the cyclical process of recycled materials, highlighting the lesser-known phases...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Jam Garden is an interactive venue for players to make music. Student Jazz performers will lead and accompany performances with the public. Through working and improvising together, we hope to charge the values and power of music and Jazz. Jazz...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Join Larry and Angela as part of the illustrious design team for the Finding Freeway Park project and help envision a new future for this iconic yet often forgotten public park. The Freeway Park Association is undergoing a community engagement...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Design through togetherness. A fastener-less bridge that relies on each piece to complete the structure. We encourage passerbys to construct the bridge through team work because the bridge cannot be built by one person.
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Re/Balance creates a multi-faceted, multi-orientation installation, that seeks to illustrate the inherent imbalances in our current society and the need to cooperate in order for thriving communities and a fair share of power. Designed to allow different seating arrangements, the...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Self Space is an enticing framework encompassing seating and shade that supports colored tags upon which participants are asked to write a message of positive affirmation. As more tags are hung, the nature of the framework and the experience within...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Design IN the Square empowers potential users to experience and transcend the Seattle Design Festival by providing them with a Kit-of-Parts “Design Laboratory” in Occidental Park. Users can shape the appearance of the installation as well as its suggested functions...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    CLT::LB encourages individuals to engage in an evolving spatial experience. By manipulating the installation, people have the power to continually transform the textured surface of the CLT paneling, choreographing a dance of light and color. CLT::LB fosters space to pause...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Did You Notice? is a structure that conveys the design review process through a series of thresholds representing memory, public action and comment, and proposed development. Each tier morphs to become larger and more towering as a conceptualization of the...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating the powerful ways design affects our lives. This fun outdoor event serves as the kickoff to the two-week Seattle Design Festival (September 9-22, 2017) and is an opportunity...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The Miller Hull Partnership (an architecture firm in Seattle) and 118 Designs (a non-profit street outreach program that teaches young men woodworking skills) have teamed up with The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to build a 12′ x 8′ tiny...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Our voice is our power. It has the ability to spark change. It allows us to connect, learn, and empathize as humans. Without it, we are powerless. Without it, we are indifferent. This installation will manifest the individual voices of...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    P¹ is a project designed to spatially express the power of one individual’s influence. It serves as a reminder to the City of Seattle that everyone has the power to shape the future. Giving an individual a choice to either...
  • Presentation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    On Sunday, September 10, the Nightingale Dancers will explore the entire Block Party in their own inimitable way, tying together the whole festival with their unique alchemy of beauty, strength and hilarity. Using music ranging from disco to opera to...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Two Ice Boxes. One is built to code; the other is built to the Passivehaus standard. With identical blocks of ice contained inside and visible through a window, the rate of melt will vary over time due to the construction...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Women are 49 percent of architecture students and 39 percent of interns, but just 17 percent are firm principals and partners, according to a 2012 AIA survey of 2,805 member firms. While women ascend the architectural career ladder, thousands hit...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Remember to look UP! as you enter PLACE’s dynamic installation. The folded parachute nylon and wood frame structure is intended to ignite intrigue from the exterior, create a space for reflection, and form an oculus that will evolve over the...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Our power comes from the community and to illustrate this, the Seattle Design Nerds have created Plushcadia, an inflatable mural crafted—pixel by velcro pixel—by YOU. Lounge around this colorful campfire on pool noodle ‘logs’ while you add colorful dots to...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Design empowers, and creative power manifests in the transition of matter between form and formless. The gallery is interactive, where beautiful objects are made and destroyed. Creation, resistance, destruction. The resulting mess of entropy illustrates tension at the merger of...
  • Tour:
    September 9, 10:00AM-11:00AM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Inspired by tactile maps used by people with low vision, this installation features a scaled-up map of the Pioneer Square area. We urge participants to consider non-visual experiences of city surroundings. Rather than rely on 2D map representations, this map...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    Join Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank in exploring electronics and circuity. Experiment, make connections, and see what you can make happen. How much will you be able to power?
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The Power of Design. An installation of thread will not start a movement, but it can make a point. One small move by many can & will create something beautiful. In a time where many feel increasingly powerless, sometimes a...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    During these tumultuous times, UPLIFT invites us to anchor our hopes in a collective. UPLIFT uses two simple elements–a woven mesh and helium-filled balloons–to generate a dynamic platform for interaction and engagement. Individuals are invited to attach a balloon anywhere...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    The state of Washington and Water are deeply intertwined at every scale and timeframe. Water is literally Power, not only here in Washington, but globally. WAPOW explores both the hidden and visible SUPER POWERS of WATER. But these powers are...
  • Activity:
    September 9-10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
    A framework for empowerment via performance, Breakthrough is a destructible wall through which individuals can challenge repressive ideas by physically breaking them open. On this wall are stark, flat, singular words or symbols. These are disrupted by the bursting through...
  • Tour:
    September 9, 12:00PM-1:00PM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Activity:
    September 10, 9:00AM-4:30PM
    We are deeply a divided country—in politics, the digital divide, and the divide between haves and have nots. The rise of populist leaders is now pushing us to extremes and each side is fearful and suspicious of the other. Concerned...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 10, 2:00PM-6:00PM
    Recharge the Battery invites all Seattle area residents to help us re-imagine the future of one of Seattle’s most under-appreciated infrastructural icons, the Battery Street Tunnel. As part of the b’End Tunnel Initiative, Recharge the Battery is an open call...
  • Tour:
    September 10, 2:00PM-4:00PM
    Recharge the Battery invites all Seattle area residents to help us re-imagine the future of one of Seattle’s most under-appreciated infrastructural icons, the Battery Street Tunnel. As part of the b’End Tunnel Initiative, Recharge the Battery is an open call...
  • Presentation:
    September 11, 11:45AM-1:00PM
    As the world moves more toward the sharing of human, physical & intellectual resources with an increasing labor makeup of contingent workers, the workplace is changing. Flexible work is not just for entrepreneurs & startups, it strongly penetrates all sectors...
  • Tour:
    September 11, 12:00PM-1:00PM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Tour:
    September 11, 12:00PM-1:00PM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Presentation:
    September 11, 5:00PM-7:00PM
    The general public is concerned about population growth, transformation of our urban fabric, and community identity. There are questions about equity, access to affordable housing for families, access to adequate public transportation, and access to jobs. Sam Assefa, Director of...
  • Presentation:
    September 11, 7:00PM-9:00PM
    Urban planning decisions have historically favored those with power. From redlining and racial covenants to interstates that slice low income communities in two, who has power—and who doesn’t—is reflected in our urban fabric. We’ll ask: what would a city designed...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 12, 11:30AM-1:30PM
    MG2 invites you to discover the future of urban living as we give power to all through design. A series of digital and physical installations explore the question “How do you want to live?,” with the goal of empowering communities,...
  • Tour:
    September 12, 12:00PM-1:00PM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Tour:
    September 12, 4:00PM-5:00PM
    Tours will begin in the second floor lobby adjacent to Hammer and Hand and in front of the living wall. Tours will highlight the building design strategies that help it meet the Living Building Challenge. Tours include the building’s mechanical...
  • Presentation:
    September 13, 6:00PM-9:00PM
    The Seattle Design Festival Design Discussions are a series of curated interactive workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations exploring the POWER of design. These discussions will bring together technology design leaders, design educators, artists, activist and urbanists to examine how design...
  • Presentation:
    September 13, 6:00PM-9:00PM
    Our world is always advancing through new technology, a more interconnected global society, and larger challenges that humanity faces everyday. As our society shifts, it’s important to prepare ourselves and the next generation to think critically and creatively when confronted...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 14-November 18, 12:00AM-11:59PM
    For two decades the Seattle Architecture Foundation has hosted the Architectural Model Exhibit, an opportunity for local architects and designers to connect and share their work with the Seattle community. The theme of the 2017 exhibition, Resurgence, challenges local architects...
  • Presentation:
    September 14, 5:30PM-7:00PM
    As a member of the global 100 Resilient Cities grant funded by the Rockefeller Center, Seattle is committed to becoming more resilient to the social, economic and physical challenges of our century. Individuals, business, communities & systems within a city...
  • Party:
    September 14, 5:30PM-7:30PM
    Join ARCADE to celebrate the release of their fall 2017 edition, ARCADE Issue 35.2, Auckland — A City to Love — Visions of a Public Realm (feature editors: 2015–2016 UW Runstad Fellows). A $20 suggested donation at the door brings...
  • Presentation:
    September 15, 6:00AM-9:00PM
    RSVP here. Please note: each FREE panel is ticketed individually; if you would like to attend both panels, please be sure to select both tickets during registration. Part 1: Humanity-Centered Design: How Ethics Will Change AI, 6:00PM – 7:00PM Thought...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 15, 9:00AM-7:00PM
    PARK(ing) Day happens once a year in September and is an opportunity for Seattleites to rethink how streets can be used. Seattle has participated in this international event since 2007 and given people the opportunity to temporarily turn on-street parking...
  • Presentation:
    September 15, 6:00PM-8:00PM
    Schemata Workshop’s co-founding principal and cohousing expert, Grace Kim, will give an expanded version of her 2017 TED Talk on cohousing and community as an antidote to social isolation. A cohousing exhibit will be on display within the architecture firm’s...
  • Film:
    September 15, 7:00PM-9:00PM
    Join SVC & AIGA for the Seattle premiere of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film—a documentary about the 500-year-old craft of letterpress, a form of printing using moveable type and printing presses. After the film, you’ll be treated to a panel...
  • Tour:
    September 16, 10:00AM-12:00PM
    Take a walking tour through Seattle’s only residential Landmark District featuring a wealth of upscale, early 20th century architecture. Harvard/Belmont is a veritable portfolio of the finest designers of the day: Charles Platt of New York and Hornblower and Marshall...
  • Presentation:
    September 16, 12:00PM-4:00PM
    Too often the voices of students are excluded in the design process, despite their status as the leading experts of what it’s actually like to spend all day in school. However, this is changing as more and more architects embrace...
  • Film:
    September 16, 12:00PM-2:00PM
    #ARTempowers Interactive Screening is a video + live performance event. Through an anthology of four documentary shorts, four Washington State artists tell stories of how art empowered their lives; and how they now use their craft to positively impact the...
  • Tour:
    September 16, 1:00PM-4:30PM
    We work, sleep, eat, drink and socialize in buildings, yet we rarely consider the way building interiors impact our quality of life. There are endless aspects of interiors that are considered in the design process, far beyond the glamorized visual...
  • Activity:
    September 16, 6:00PM-8:00PM
    The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Seattle and Open Seattle present an action-based interdisciplinary project aimed at designers, developers and other creative professionals interested in working on solutions to support the needs of local community organizations. The Festival event will be...
  • Activity:
    September 17, 11:30AM-6:30PM
    Mt Baker Business Association presents The Function in the Junction: a neighborhood event that celebrates the community through a mix of food, music, and art. We look to celebrate the rich culture of the Rainier Valley, and bring families and...
  • Tour:
    September 17, 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Join us on an architecture tour which will focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from classics like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to contemporary gems like the Rem Koolhaas’ asymmetric, cantilevered Central Library. You’ll develop an...
  • Presentation:
    September 17, 1:30PM-3:00PM
    Motto: A well-designed solution is constructive, preemptive and future proof. The History and Future of Design is a presentation and discussion/workshop about the role and defining power of designs and the ideas that forged them—how they affected the rise and...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 17, 3:00PM-4:30PM
    Power Duo: Communication + Imagination explores design thinking, poly-disciplinary design, augmented mixed-sensory communication. The discussion/workshop and hands on experimentation at The History and Future of Design event will help to further develop the exhibit. Power Duo ignites our imagination and creativity. The...
  • Presentation:
    September 18, 4:30PM-6:00PM
    Motto: A well-designed solution is constructive, preemptive and future proof. The History and Future of Design is a presentation and discussion/workshop about the role and defining power of designs and the ideas that forged them—how they affected the rise and...
  • Presentation:
    September 18, 5:30PM-7:00PM
    Architects and designers are uniquely positioned to advocate for vital urban spaces and design elements that contribute to healthy, livable communities. They are also well-suited to work towards community consensus on controversial issues: they are good listeners, they work collaboratively...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 18, 6:00PM-7:30PM
    Power Duo: Communication + Imagination explores design thinking, poly-disciplinary design, augmented mixed-sensory communication. The discussion/workshop and hands on experimentation at The History and Future of Design event will help to further develop the exhibit. Power Duo ignites our imagination and creativity. The...
  • Presentation:
    September 18, 6:00PM-7:30PM
    How we think about public spaces is shifting rapidly due to increasing population, climate protection and adaptation, and the need to reflect changing demographics. How can a design process center racially and economically diverse voices? What are transformational governance and...
  • Presentation:
    September 19, 6:00PM-9:00PM
    This discussion and interactive workshop will look at how designers bring human-centered design thinking to foster empathy and provide solutions to people experiencing homelessness, architecture for refugees and poverty alleviation. Panelists with expertise or experience in these areas will explore...
  • Presentation:
    September 20, 5:00PM-8:00PM
    What does it really mean to be “green”? How do you really know you are choosing the healthiest product? Join the Healthy Materials Collaborative for happy hour and a panel discussion to “bust some myths” about material transparency and affordability...
  • Presentation:
    September 20, 6:00PM-8:00PM
    Human-centered design (HCD) is perhaps most well-known in the tech world, but its power isn’t limited to the realm of apps and devices. Artefact will provide a brief overview of the HCD process through the lens of a recent project,...
  • Presentation:
    September 20, 6:00PM-9:00PM
    As our city and region grow our public spaces and infrastructure are increasingly tasked to provide expanded benefits and be places people love. This challenge demands collaborative tools and compelling vision. Panelists will discuss lessons learned and how they apply...
  • Exhibit / Installation:
    September 21, 6:00PM-10:00PM
    Recharge the Battery invites all Seattle area residents to help us re-imagine the future of one of Seattle’s most under-appreciated infrastructural icons, the Battery Street Tunnel. As part of the b’End Tunnel Initiative, Recharge the Battery is an open call...
  • Presentation:
    September 21, 6:00PM-8:00PM
    Today, we stand at the precipice of large-scale social change in our country. Convoluted and vulgar, our political climate has been wrought with ignorance and hatred, and in the middle of it all are refugees who were forced to relocate...
  • Presentation:
    September 21, 6:00PM-9:00PM
    Seattle’s culture of innovation defies easy categorization, transcending the work of any one person, company or institution. What is it that makes Seattle truly unique? What are the cultural, political and technological implications at play as we work alongside each...
  • Party:
    September 22, 8:00PM-11:00PM
    Join us for an evening celebration to close out the two-week Seattle Design Festival (exploring POWER, September 9-22) and recognize the many people and organizations who make it possible. Featuring music, food, drinks, dancing, raffle, design and more. Presented by...
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