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Headlines 2013!

Seeing Diagrams & Renderings: HEADLINES 2013 

Last Friday, the eighth annual Headlines exhibition officially opened in Gould Court. Architectural professionals and students came out and celebrated current works by architecture offices in Seattle. It was a well attended event with entertainment from a great jazz group comprised of UW students.

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The projects ranged from small neighborhood libraries around Seattle to college campuses in Eastern Washington to skyscrapers and stadiums in China. There were 60 entries in the show this year with work at all scales from offices big and small designed by firms both big and small. Because there were so many boards with the same project type, the boards were exhibited thematically according to program. One of the benefits of this show is seeing how different offices approach the same program type and how varied their interpretations can be.

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This year particularly, I was struck by how diagrams and drawings were used as a tool to inform design decisions and intentions while the building was still being designed. Whoever it was that said diagrams are an architect’s best tool was not lying. Diagrams convey ideas so much better and faster than a paragraph of text can do and for me, seeing how offices graphically represent their ideas is one of the best parts of the show informing my own projects and my studio work. Seeing diagrams being constantly changed and updated throughout the design process is something the public never gets to see. Having attended Headlines for the last few years, it is always interesting to see how projects will evolve from what is shown on the boards now to how the building will change when it is ultimately constructed.

The projects in this exhibition still have problems, issues are being worked out and ideas are still constantly being generated. Sounds just like studio! We can all learn something from any of these projects, so take the time to explore the exhibition while it is still here. Headlines will be in Gould Court until April 25th. Afterwards, the exhibit will travel to other architecture schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Written by Kris Chan

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