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SAF 25th Annual Model Exhibit: Call for Entries
Friday, May 13, 2022 in Theme Archive Comments Off on SAF 25th Annual Model Exhibit: Call for Entries

Junctions are most commonly a place to come together, marking a convergent place where two becomes one. When each party comes together to contribute to a greater whole, these unions can generate synergy. By building new connections between previously disparate objects, ideas, people, and disciplines, junctions present opportunities to celebrate how harmony can emerge from […]

Lighthouses Workshop Saturday, January 1, 2022 in Theme Archive Comments Off on Lighthouses Workshop

Tickets Have you ever wondered how ships navigate a trip into shore? At night, when boats are nearing a rocky shore or another ship, our lighthouses serve as a traffic light among the waves. During the day, we can admire the beauty of lighthouses that are all unique. What will your lighthouse look like? Designed with […]

24th Annual Model Exhibit: Breathe Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Theme Archive Comments Off on 24th Annual Model Exhibit: Breathe

Exhibit WebsiteExhibit runs: August 4 – December 11, 2021  2021 is a year of aspiration. Emerging from COVID lockdown, we are ready to take a deep breath and consider our future. Aspiration means ambition and the act of breathing in. SAF’s 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit theme Breathe is meant to inspire submissions that reflect on […]

About Time Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in Theme Archive Comments Off on About Time

2020 marked a turning point that we had not imagined. As the Seattle Design Festival prepared for its tenth year, the landscape had changed. SDF2020’s theme, About Time, sought to ponder past, present, and future at a unique moment of transition for the city, the region and the world. Instead, it confronted the reality of a […]

Proactive Practice Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in Theme Archive Comments Off on Proactive Practice

Proactive Practice examined how architects self-initiate projects to nurture vibrant and adaptive communities. As speculative development and fast-paced growth transform urban space, architects must not be complacent in service to the market economy. How can we practice architecture as caretakers for our communities and reclaim an active role in the production of space? Through the […]

Urbanism & Emerging Technologies Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Theme Archive Comments Off on Urbanism & Emerging Technologies

How does technology influence our urban experience? Whether we like it or not, technology is deeply rooted in our everyday lives. As emerging technologies continue to evolve, and our cities morph and adapt, the relationship between technology and our urban environments grows more complex. Balancing Act explores the notion of balance by posing a series […]

Balance Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in Theme Archive No Comment

Achieving and maintaining balance is essential for the well-being of our planet, our society, and ourselves. Our natural world provides the model: vast ecosystems that have evolved over millions of years to create symbiotic relationships that are in balance. Yet our world right now is fundamentally out of balance. Human needs and desires relentlessly compete […]

Discover + Disrupt Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Theme Archive No Comment

City systems operate similarly to people. Much of the day is concerned with utilitarian, functional, and obvious needs. Budgets are allocated to potholes and traffic alleviation like paying rent and filling a pantry with groceries. The blueprint for the average city is largely shaped more by cost, regiment, and efficiency than whimsy and humanity. When […]

Because it Rains Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Theme Archive No Comment

Designers are always responding to their environments, by embracing natural phenomena or seeking to work around them. The influence of our natural environment on Pacific Northwest design has always been strong, from materials choices to form and function.  A new exhibit at the Center for Architecture & Design explores the most ubiquitous Northwest condition of all: […]

Sanctuary Monday, February 25, 2019 in Theme Archive No Comment

Our world is witnessing a time of record migration and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are now more than 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide as the result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. Cities around the world are on the front lines of this global crisis. […]