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Reimagining Westlake Park Design Competition

Thursday, October 10, 6pm

At 1201 2nd Ave, Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Exhibit WORLD CITY


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Create a design proposal for a new installation in Seattle’s urban hub and bustling crossroads Westlake Park! Teams will work collaboratively to design for different corners of the park. Judges will review and give feedback on each response to this design challenge and award prizes to the winners.  This event is part of the Happy Hour series at the WORLD CITY exhibit. Feel free to participate in or look-on during this competition for architects AND non-architects alike.  Admission will include happy hour snacks and drinks.

Competition entrant registration is limited to 6 teams of 4-6 people and spaces will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Self-organized teams of more than 4 receive a discounted group rate of $35. Remember you do not need to be a competitor to attend! Individuals are encouraged to buy a ticket, enjoy the drinks and watch the design in action. All design supplies and drinks are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets to the event will also be available at the door.

$10 General; $5 SAF Members



Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Annual Model Exhibit, Call for Entries


World/City: The Architecture of Global Relationships

Theme summary:
Design today, more than ever, is without borders. Architecture and design professionals are creating and producing on an international stage. Inspiration, ideas, and strategies are dispersed and exchanged instantaneously, facilitated in part by our always connected digital technologies and an economy increasingly driven by global emerging markets. The growth of innovative design today is very much the result of a cross pollination of methods, techniques, multinational partnerships, and responses to the diversity and density escalated by global immigration to urban centers.

As designers are challenging boundaries, is our architecture and built environment embodying a more global style? What is Seattle design? And how is the work of Seattle designers interpreted and adapted abroad?

Call for Entries
How have you, as a practicing architect, student or design firm, responded to this theme of global exchange and collision that is driving the development of our cities? The selection committee is interested in exhibiting models of project sites abroad but also interested in projects based in Seattle with global connections or influences. We invite you to submit your design projects that explore the impact of global relationships, whether taking the form of a physical model, 2D image, or digital design. We will select thoughtful work that displays these concepts for the 2013 SAF Model Exhibit.

You can find the Call for Entries form here.

Upcoming Seattle Architecture Foundation panel discussions

Seattle Architecture Foundation offers three great panel discussions to kick off the New Year

Student Tickets available for $10 (must be purchased in advance or $20 at the door) http://bit.ly/XhEwua

All lectures are held at Town Hall (downstairs)

Jan. 8, 6:30-8 pm

Designing Big in Small Spaces

With large homes quickly becoming a thing of the past, this is becoming the era of smaller, more compact residences. Whether a small house or a houseboat, these modest spaces can present a unique set of design challenges. Our panel of speakers delves into what goes into the design of small houses, the related property development considerations, and what it takes to live in one of these unconventional, yet inventive, spaces.

Panelists: Gene Morris, Architect, Lagerquist & Morris; Michelle Linden, Architect, Atelier Drome; Yasmine Kiss, Resident of Cottage Development and moderated by Paul Schlachter, Olson Kundig Architects.  Speaker Bios available at here.

February 12
The Way to a Community is Through its Stomach

One of the most common things we do as a community is eat, making restaurants so important to our everyday lives. They are fixtures in the neighborhood that do great things for street life. But how do restauranteurs choose the neighborhoods? How do architects think about the context in the design? Please join us for a presentation and discussion led  by Jim Graham of Graham Baba Architects (Revel, La Spiga, Bravehorse Tavern) about creating spaces which engage us on so many levels and bring us together as a community.

Panelists: Jim Graham, Architect Graham Baba; Josh Henderson, Chef of Skillet Diner and Meeru Dhalwala, Chef of Shanik.

March 12, 2013
James Cutler: A Career of Small Spaces and Community Architecture

Cutler Anderson Architects has evolved to understand that the ultimate objective of any architectural design is to reveal what is true about all of the circumstances of a project. From place to program, from materials to shape, all components need to be understood and designed into a harmonious whole that reveals each component’s nature. We are honored to have James Cutler, founder of Cutler Anderson Architects and recipient of the 2012 AIA Seattle Medal of Honor, join us to share insights and reflections on the work of his distinguished design career.


For more information visit:  www.seattlearchitecture.org

DESIGN IN DEPTH with the Seattle Architecture Foundation

DESIGN IN DEPTH with the Seattle Architecture Foundation

Upcoming events that touch on the impact of spaces and their design in society.

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Please join us for our current Design in Depth series on Developing Community Through Design.

Communities are impacted by developments in and around them. Large ideas can redefine the environment of a community, while smaller scale owners or buildings can draw new people to a neighborhood, using businesses and developments to come alive. This series focuses on the designers, owners, and developers that see the potential of drawing people into the communities and work together to make these visions a reality. Topics include large urban projects such as co-housing, the workplace, pocket parks, and restaurants.

CLICK HERE to view a PDF poster with more info.

All lectures begin at 6:30pm, cost $15 general admission (price increases to $20 3 days before the event) and $10 for students, seniors, and SAF members, and are held at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave Seattle, WA 98101).

Date: October 8th, 2012
TitleInnovation in Workplaces, Building Your Community

Date: November 11th, 2012
TitlePlaces Between Spaces, Seattle’s Pocket Parks

Date: January 8th, 2013
TitleDesigning Big in Small Spaces

Date: February 12th, 2013
TitleThe Way to a Community’s Heart is Through its Stomach

Date: March 12th, 2013
TitleA Career of Small Spaces and Community Architecture With James Cutler

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The Design in Depth committee develops programming in major design areas, architecture, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture, industrial design, etc. As programs are confirmed they will appear on this page.

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Design in Depth actively seeks new program ideas and opportunities to collaborate with communi