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Seattle Design Festival | starts today!

Seattle Design Festival: Engage Your World / starts today!
Thursday, September 20th – Sunday, September 23rd

The annual Seattle Design Festival, created by Design in Public, is an event that encourages all to ‘engage our world’ by offering the public an opportunity to better understand design and how it adds value to our lives, our city, and our region. This fun-filled weekend, which takes place September 20-23, is a collaboration among ten nonprofit partners that created an ambitious set of offerings: more than 35 events, including tours, films, speakers, exhibits, installations, and family programs—all aimed at a public audience. For more detailed information, including a complete list of events going on this weekend, see the Calendar of Events / Get Engaged! It”s not to late to Volunteer.


Below are some highlights of the upcoming Design Festival:

1. John Street: Design Block / Urban Intervention Showcase

The “design block” transform an everyday street space into a fun public gathering area as well as a showcase for local design. Shipping containers will become pop-up shops, exhibit galleries, and activity spaces for:

  • A video booth and a gallery of the results of a Hipstamatic Photo Challenge (IxDA, SIGCHI)
  • An exhibit of “infographics” called FYI is a Poster Show (AIGA Seattle)
  • A display about urban design principles in the City’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan and a chance to give your comments (City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development)
  • A retail gallery of local products by Seattle designers, many of them “upcycled” and sustainable
  • An exhibit of award-winning interior design for you to vote on for a “People’s Choice Award” (IIDA)
  • An information kiosk with Festival calendars, magazines, and info about the Festival and local design

The containers will be linked together by a chalk-art ground plane, a balloon “cloud” overhead, and street furniture, the result of a 7-day “Design Jam.” There will be food vendors and a beer/wine gar­den as well as a landscape installation that will provide shade and seating throughout the festival.




2. UpCycle Seattle, Friday September 21st,  415 Westlake Avenue N, 5.30 pm – midnight / Tickets: $25

Upcycle Seattle celebrates the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of casino online the regional upcycling design community. Come to hear speakers from the leading upcycling design firms in Seattle and stay for drinks and music to follow. A raffle will benefit Bikeworks (www.bikeworks.org), a Columbia City organization that refurbishes used bicycles donated by the community as part of their program to engage and empower youth to live healthy and productive lives.


3. Transforming Seattle”s 520 Floating Bridge

Seattle’s 520 floating bridge will be decommissioned in 2014. What new, innovative reuse strategies might designers envision? This exhibit features winning proposals from a competition challenging designers to utilize the bridge in its current state or take the bridge apart and reuse its pontoons. It asks the questions: What is a floating bridge when its function is no longer needed? What can designers do when faced with the design problem of reusing thirty-three floating concrete pontoons? Competition jurors included Robert Hull FAIA, Ev Ruffcorn FAIA, Shannon Nichol ASLA, Ellen Sollod, Mark Hinshaw FAIA, and Moderator Peter Steinbrueck FAIA. Hear the jurors discuss the entries and announce the winners of the competition at the Festival event.


4. Design Jam

This year as part of the Design Festival, there will be a Design Jam: Street Furniture Competition. Seattle Design Festival is seeking designers, individuals, students, and teams for the 2012 Design Jam. Entrants will be asked to consider how street furniture in an urban setting can help the public engage and interact with their urban environment. Entries will be evaluated on their creative use of provided material, craft, and their potential for urban impact. The entries will be shown and used at this year’s Seattle Design Festival.


5. FutureShack Exhibit / Gallery4Culture

What does the next 50 years of residential design look like? How will we live differently in response to changes in the economy, the environment, demographics, and our culture? Are architects developing ideas now that might offer solutions to make our lives and our cities better? What can we learn from other cities and countries, and how might that challenge our current assumptions about what housing looks like and how it performs? FutureShack: The Next 50 Years of Residential Design draws on current design thinking to imagine Seattle’s residential communities over the next 50 years.


Get Engaged! See you there!




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