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Built Environment Symposium: TOMORROW


The Built Environment PhD Program at the University of Washington is hosting their 2nd Annual Symposium on the Built Environment tomorrow morning in Gould Court. This year’s panel topics are focused on integration–come by and check it out!


Seattle 2035 + Designing for Democracy: Event this Thursday


Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Designing for Democracy

Seattle Central Public Library – Microsoft Auditorium

5:30 pm – Seattle 2035 Open House

6:30 pm – Designing for Democracy: The Center for Urban Pedagogy Lecture / Q+A

8:30 pm – End of Program

Learn how New York’s Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to improve public engagement in shaping the built environment.  This lecture will offer one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Please register here if you wish to receive credit.

Join us for an evening of information and inspiration about planning Seattle’s future.

At 5:30 p.m., the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will host an open house about Seattle 2035, a project to update the City’s 20-year comprehensive plan. Learn about updates to this plan and give your opinion on what you want to happen in Seattle over the next 20 years.

At 6:30 p.m., you’ll discover how another city communicates civic information to its citizens. Where does the water go when you flush the toilet? What is affordable housing? Who owns the Internet? Who decides where noxious land uses go? The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) wants you to know! CUP is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that makes accessible, visual explanations of the complex issues that shape our everyday lives.

CUP’s Executive Director, Christine Gaspar, will talk about how the organization collaborates with grassroots organizers and talented designers to create posters, workshop tools, websites and animations that demystify policy and planning and give individuals the tools to advocate for their own community needs.  The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important urban issues.

The tools are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond, and has been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, PS-1, and two Venice Biennales.  CUP has also been awarded a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize and a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.

This event is presented in partnership with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and DevelopmentSeattle Public Library, and the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture.

Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora Avenue


Some colleagues here at the University of Washington are running a quarter-long collaborative design lab with Aurora Avenue as the site of investigation and reimagination. Every Thursday over the next nine weeks, they are hosting a public charrette at the Henry Art Gallery. Check out this site, their blog, and their Facebook page for more info and the charrette schedule.

Lecture 11/14: Richard Poulin on Graphic Design + Architecture


Richard Poulin: Graphic Design + Architecture

Lecture, Reception & Book Signing

Thursday, November 14th

6:30-8:30pm in Savery Hall, Room 260

University of Washington, Seattle

Whether we are aware of it or not, the built environment we experience everyday of our lives relies heavily on graphic design to communicate information and identity as well as influence our overall feelings about place. SEGD and AIGA Seattle are honored to present Richard Poulin to speak about the connection between graphic design and architecture. After the lecture Richard will be signing copies of his book, Graphic Design and Architecture, A 20th Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World, the first publication of its kind to provide a comprehensive historical overview of the unique pairing of these two disciplines.

About Graphic Design + Architecture:
Our need to dedicate and consecrate places is clearly the beginning of the integration of graphic design in the built environment. Classical inscriptions, figurative murals, and ornamental surfaces have long been part of architecture and have influenced our understanding of typographic form and graphic style and their visual representation in the built environment. Buildings and public spaces coexist with billboards and signs, patterned and textured facades, and informational and wayfinding signs to effect an overall experience with the public. Graphic design has become integrated with the built environment in shaping not only cities but also the lives of their inhabitants. The built environment we experience in our everyday lives continually relies upon graphic design to communicate information and identity, shape our overall perception and memory of a sense of place, and ultimately enliven, enrich, and humanize our lives.

About Richard Poulin:
Richard Poulin is cofounder, design director, and principal of Poulin + Morris Inc., an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary design consultancy located in New York City. He is a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and past president and board member of the New York chapter of AIGA, the professional organization for design. Since 1992, he has been a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and has taught and lectured at Cooper Union, Carnegie-Mellon University, Massachusetts College of Art, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, University of the Arts, and University of Cincinnati. Richard is also the author of The Language of Graphic Design (2011) and the coauthor ofTypography Referenced (2012), both published by Rockport Publishers.

Event timeline & location:
Doors @ 6:00pm
Lecture 6:30-7:30pm
Reception & Book Signing 7:30-8:30pm

Savery Hall is located on the University of Washington campus on the Southwest corner of the Quad. Evening parking on campus costs $5. You must get a campus parking permit from one of the gate houses. Street parking and public transportation are also readily accessible in the U district.

Students: Free with student ID
AIGA & SEGD Members: $8
Nonmembers: $16

More information: http://www.aigaseattle.org/events/richard-poulin-graphic-design-architecture