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Wild Tensions: June - August 2018

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is time to lace up hiking boots and head for the nearest trail or park to enjoy the sun and experience the tranquility of the great outdoors. We are fortunate to live in a region surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. Wild Tensions: How Design Impacts the Outdoor Experience explored the inherent tensions between our pursuit of the wilderness experiences that are so integral to our Pacific Northwest identity and the Read More

In the Public Interest: March- May 2018

Our world is calling out for the service of architects and designers. Housing affordability, social isolation, climate change, equal access to education, health and aging—the list of grand challenges that design can impact is endless. Seattle architects and designers have long embraced this higher calling, whether through pro bono service, volunteer work, or embedding social and environmental responsibility in design practice. AIA Seattle and the Center Read More

Futurama Redux: December 2017 - February 2018

Recent headlines point to the seismic modal shift underway in Seattle transportation. Bike and car sharing, electric vehicles, expanded light rail and driverless cars are opening a world of choices to Seattle residents who used to be solely reliant on their own automobiles. The average US city devotes between 30% and 40% of its surface area to roads and parking, compared to less than 5% for parks. Prioritizing cars impacts everything from health and saf Read More

POWER: September - December 2017

In a time of intense cultural and social change in Seattle and across the country, architects and designers are challenged to explore the ways in which their work intersects with the growth of grassroots and community movements, the changing conceptions of what cities can be and do, and renewed interest in formerly neglected places, spaces, and ideas. As we step back and reflect on our values, as individuals and as a community, we must reassert our commitm Read More

Extraordinary Playscapes: July - September 2017

Summer in the Pacific Northwest – time to play! The Center for Architecture & Design celebrated summer by considering how designers create places for both kids and adults to play through the exhibit, Extraordinary Playscapes. Today, outdoor play faces tough competition—from electronics, over-scheduling, declining recess time, and lack of access to safe play spaces. Additionally, safety and liability concerns overshadow the conversation around play Read More

Community by Design: Main Streets: April - June 2017

Community members all across our country are actively engaged in preserving the places they love. Historical spaces are part of our history and culture and create a unique sense of place that is important to our city’s identity. Through our Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America exhibit, we invited the public to be inspired by communities that have been successful in preserving the places they love. Presented by the Seattle Architect Read More

Smarter Buildings: March - April 2017

Our region is uniquely poised to lead the conversation about the intersection of technological advancement and the built environment. As a tech hub, we boast some of the world’s leading innovators in realms like big data, systems thinking, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. As a thriving and progressive design community we have demonstrated a deep commitment to better, more sustainable buildings and a willingness to explore and invent. Read More

Open to All: January - February, 2017

Design has a powerful influence on how we access and experience everyday environments. This is particularly true for the 20% of us living with a temporary or permanent disability. Designers in the Pacific Northwest have made tremendous strides in creative problem-solving around accessibility, from rethinking home design to inventing enabling technologies. Human-centered design is a tool for unlocking human potential. Inclusive design expands our opportunit Read More

Design Change: September – October, 2016

Design Change proposes that design can maximize the public benefits of change, while empowering those communities most impacted by change. In Seattle, a place experiencing tremendous change, this year's Seattle Design Festival programs and exhibits, at the Center and throughout the city, investigated and celebrated the role of design in an evolving place. Read More

BOOM or Bust: Navigating Change: July - August, 2016

Seattle has a boom and bust history, with industry and commerce often serving as key drivers in our city’s development. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century the Alaskan Yukon Gold Rush and logging industry stimulated major growth. Today, the rise of bio-tech, technology and e-commerce are greatly impacting Seattle and its neighborhoods. Exhibits and programs during this theme reflect on how we’ve navigated change over time and consider the Read More

Urban Housing and Density: April - June 2016

Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, expected to welcome many thousands of new neighbors over the next 20 years.  With them come jobs, ideas, energy - but also the need for a place to live. The City of Seattle has committed to 50,000 new housing units in Seattle in the next 10 years. People move here because they are attracted by our livable neighborhoods, our strong communities, and our remarkable natural environment.  Howe Read More

Active Design: February - April 2016

Design influences health and well-being through the places we live and work, the way we move around the city, the food we eat, and the connections we make with others in our community. Exhibits and programs on Active Design explore the connection between environmental design and our physical, mental, and social well-being, and consider design’s potential to positively impact healthy lives, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. Read More