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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 in Theme Archive Comments Off on JUNCTION

The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 25th Annual Model Exhibit, JUNCTION, celebrated the creativity of local and international design firms. Each year, the exhibit displays physical and digital models, architectural renderings, and a variety of other displays that represent the design process. Through this exhibit architectural projects and the tools used to develop them take center stage […]

Diversity by Design Friday, December 3, 2021 in Theme Archive Comments Off on Diversity by Design

Diversity by Design: Equity in Architecture showcases seven Northwest Regional projects submitted to Diversity Roundtable’s open call to celebrate the work of underrepresented designers. Despite people of color making up a majority of early career unlicensed designers, only a small percentage of licensed architects are people of color. Additionally, people of color are consistently unrepresented […]

Breathe Friday, July 9, 2021 in Theme Archive Comments Off on Breathe

2021 was a year of aspiration. Emerging from COVID lockdown, we were 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 was meant to inspire submissions that reflect on this dual meaning: faced with the passing of […]

When Seattle Shakes Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Theme Archive Comments Off on When Seattle Shakes

Seattle’s historic structures, among them many unreinforced masonry buildings, are at risk not only from the numerous seismic faults in the Pacific Northwest, but also from economic factors. Many at-risk buildings continue to have vibrant life in Seattle communities, but have found it challenging to retrofit for earthquake safety. It will take technology, expertise, policy, […]

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: […]