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  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 12-18
    Sharpen your skills and expand your thinking by engaging in our weekly virtual design challenge THINKERCYZE is a weekly virtual design challenge from some of our favorite designers that anyone can do – brought to you weekly this summer by...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    2020 is a big year in many ways– the Seattle Design Festival is turning 10! Our anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in time. This year’s theme, About Time, sought to ponder past, present and future at a unique moment...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Community Spotlights are physical displays and experiences throughout the city that are visible from the public right-of-way and can be visited safely and with social distance. These will all be running the length of the festival, August 15 – 23,...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Visit Rolluda Architect’s event website at any point during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Matthew Budinger, Tracy Law, Mark McCarter, Brett Barbakoff, Zamzam Arale, Karina Djaynurdin, Sabina Punjani, Vicki Pena, Richard Murray, Nestor Marquez, Eleanor Shull, Alex Rolluda, Princess Coleman,...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Visit Reimagine in Color website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Weber Thompson – Erin Hatch, Brittany Porter, Tom Geeslin, Cody Lodi, Aaron Swain, Allison Rose, Carrie Hinshaw, Emily Evenson, Johanna Lirman, John Hornibrook, Leslie Riibe, Mark Dorsey, Stephanie...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the This Moment in Time: a Creative Response website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: KPFF – Diana Timpson, Huitt-Zollars – J. Ulrich, Gannett Flemming – Leisa Geiger, ScharrerAD – Christine Scharrer, Jeff Hammerquist, Ben Lynn, Frank...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit The Antibody to the Pandemic of Fake News event website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Yuansi Li, Catherine Chang, Alex Banh “The Antibody to the Pandemic of Fake News” is an online experience for visitors to...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Listen Now website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Sunny Zhang, Stacey Crumbaker, Claudia Saunders, Anne Schopf, Violette Yang Each of us comes to our community bringing with us the stories that have made us who...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Running Dry: How Water Will Design Our Future website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Aaron Argyle, Malika Kirkling, Rob Misel, Casey Riske Viewers are invited to an immersive digital platform that highlights the design thinking...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Dreamscapes website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Orlando Orozco, Eduardo Silva, Astrid Garcia, Hannah Lim & Alonso Cantu Our environment is constantly changing and there have been so many visions of what we may be along...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Time is a connection—connection between past, present, and future, connection between an individual and the other, connection between one generation and another. Through time, everything can happen and right now the world is pausing, yet time is still moving. Time...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the EMI website every morning at 8:30 am (PST) during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Lisa Ehli, Brandon McNerney, Randy Larsen, Laura Salmela, Toby Wong, Nathaniel Gundersen Come with us and step into a space of reflection – a space...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Northwest Film Forum presents an interdisciplinary film program and interactive community vision board collectively contemplating the poetry of pace, process, and performance in how we relate to our built and natural environments. From a foundation of improvisation and biomimetic ideation,...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Design at Your Desk at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! About time! We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home recently because of COVID-19. By now you are VERY familiar with all the rooms in your house....
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Traditionally, Architecture is presented as a finished product, exact in its completion. However, each project is a body of work with a life of its own, changing over time and affecting the surrounding context in unexpected ways. “Finished” architectural projects...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Use the Urban Harmony Seattle mobile application at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: NBBJ In addition to the health impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic also creates another problem — isolation. With many disconnected from family and friends, and...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Seattle Happy Places website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Hannah Rudin and Rosie Sabaric Seattle Happy Places invites you to find Happy Points in your community that inspire you, bring you joy, and recognize the...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Sharing Stories of Racism & Resistance in Seattle website, or the physical exhibit at the Seattle Municipal Tower, at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: City of Seattle OPCD + SDCI Change Team Our website will collect...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Duwamish Crossing website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Matt Wittman, Angela Yang, and Canan Sevim We all need to cross the Duwamish River, why not new connections that combats climate change? The West Seattle bridge...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    Visit the It’s About Time We House Everyone website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Third Place Design Cooperative, Sheri Newbold, Bruce Parker AIA Seattle works to shape policies that rethink the city’s majority single-family zoned areas which...
  • Other:
    August 15-23
    Visit the Created then, Here now, Envisioning for the future website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Whitney Valerio, Jessica Cody, Madi Thomas, Anna Spencer, Jocelyn Camacho, Merike Mighell, Michelle Northfield This event spotlights 10 landmarks in Seattle...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    After running into some location complications, the team is currently trying to find another storefront and exploring the option of moving the display online. More information coming soon!  Team: Edward Gibbons, Loren Supp, Erik Heironimus, Chao Deng, April Sun, Hugh...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    Sharpen your skills and expand your thinking by engaging in our weekly virtual design challenge THINKERCYZE is a weekly virtual design challenge from some of our favorite designers that anyone can do – brought to you weekly this summer by...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    The following Partner Programs include virtual experiences as well as indoor and outdoor activities that will be running the length of the festival, August 15 – 23. Links out to event pages for full descriptions.   A Poetics of Living:...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 15-23
    The following Partner Programs are live stream webinars, discussions, and other virtual programming that will occur on specific days and times. Some events will require registration or ticket purchases. Links out to event pages for full descriptions.   Architect’s Role...
  • Architecture:
    August 15-23
    The Seattle Architecture Foundation just launched a new tool for exploring Seattle’s built environment! The new Seattle Architecture Foundation App includes profiles of over 200 Seattle buildings in the downtown core, sorted into 5 neighborhood tours. Researched and written by...
  • Performance / Experiential:
    August 15-23
    This film will be available throughout the run of the Seattle Design Festival! Team Members: Sarah Lisette Chiesa, Terence Chiesa (father), Aaron Chiesa (VFX artist), Julia Chiesa (sister) of Moving Violations Throughout the past six months, the world has dealt...
  • Community Design:
    August 15-23
    Visit the How Do We Want To Live? website at any time during the Seattle Design Festival! Team: Abbie Drake, Candon Murphy, Willie Mak, Ellen Dulweber, Ryan Lascano, Isabella Noet, Casey Hopkins, Kim Drake, Michelle Northfield, Cori Concepcion In 2017, MG2...
  • Performance / Experiential:
    August 15, 5:30PM-6:30PM
    Join us for This Bitter Earth Project, a short film that brings together dancers from around the world in response to social inequality and the global health crisis: Artists perform in containment while song and film synchronize movements and create...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 16, 10:00AM-11:30AM
    Join us for Creative Rituals: Designing for the New Normal, a 90-minute virtual panel! Team: Madeline Macdonald, Ezgi Emiroglu, Carly Williams, Kate Morsink While Seattle Design Festival 2020 gathers the design community to focus on the concept of time, it...
  • Performance / Experiential:
    August 17, 1:00PM-4:00PM
    Team: John E. Perkins, PhD in Organizational Change, Principal in Keep the Change Consulting. Only boldness can deliver from fear. ~ Carl Jung Let’s fully own our boldness. Boldness expresses our soul’s sovereignty over how we speak, act, think, create,...
  • Urban Design:
    August 17, 4:00PM-5:30PM
    Join us for Defense of density after COVID-19, a 90-minute panel discussion. Team: Crisann Brooks, Family Support Program Director, Refugee Women’s Alliance; Brent Butler, Age Friendly Seattle Program Manager, City of Seattle Human Services Department; Donald King, Principal Architect, Mimar...
  • Other:
    August 18, 10:00AM-11:30AM
    Join us for Reimagining Retail in the Time of Coronavirus: What will the role of the store be in our post-pandemic world?,  a one-hour live stream panel. What will the role of the store be in our post-pandemic world? From...
  • Community Design:
    August 18, 1:00PM-2:30PM
    Team: Carrie Basas, Director; Sam Blazina, Senior Ombuds; Sean Heans, Community Engagement Specialist The Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds has worked with families, educators, K-12 students, and community organizations to draft its next 3-year strategic plan which is intended...
  • Visual / Art:
    August 18, 6:00PM-7:00PM
    Team: Brittani Anglin, Kendra Azari, Kevin Snoddy (artists) Lia Coleman, Alana Zakroczemski, Simon Budker, Brooke Cheng (organizers) This is the online live-streamed event with an opportunity for a Q&A with all of the artists that accompanies the ON THE RECORD...
  • Community Design:
    August 19, 1:00PM-2:30PM
    Team: Noah & Michaela, Youth Ambassador Program Members We the Future showcases the stories of ten young leaders working to build an equitable and inclusive world through their respective social change movements. Inspired by Amplifier’s We the Future education campaign...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 19, 5:00PM-6:30PM
    Join us for Designing for Behavior Change, a 90-minute virtual program that will review concepts important to designing for behavior change and explore ethical considerations of these approaches. Team: Rebecca Van Singel, Delaney Cunnigham, Neha Kaura Is designing something that...
  • Community Design:
    August 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM
    Be sure to attend this 90-minute panel! Join us for a unique experience where we take you on a journey through recent history. 2020 has been a difficult year for all but Seattle’s community has really demonstrated its resilience and...
  • Technology:
    August 20, 9:00AM-10:00AM
    You may have found yourself wondering recently: What day is it? What year? Who even am I? As designers, we are constantly thinking about the implications of time throughout people’s work, life, and school experiences. And as we see our...
  • Technology:
    August 20, 2:00PM-3:00PM
    Join USC Shoah Foundation & Substantial for an hour-long online program + Q & A.  We are experiencing changes in education more quickly than ever. How can technologists and organizations learn from well-designed virtual experiences that prioritize access and experiential...
  • Architecture:
    August 20, 5:00PM-6:00PM
    Join us for Steven Holl – Making Architecture, a one-hour virtual Q&A session from the Bellevue Arts Museum.   Renowned American architect Steven Holl joins Executive Director & Chief Curator of Bellevue Arts Museum Benedict Heywood in conversation about Holl’s current...
  • Visual / Art:
    August 21, 10:00AM-10:40AM
    Vortices of Myrkott På Reutersvard is a projection of a hand-drawn animation on a mural, both animation and mural are artworks created by Paul Kuniholm. The animation depicts the stylized movement of a revolving earth, echoing the long history of...
  • Multidisciplinary:
    August 21, 5:00PM-6:00PM
    CLICK HERE to access the Scavenger Bingo Time PDF. Team: Tara Brooks, Emilia Cabeza De Baca, Yue Chen, Miranda Karli, Liz Szatko, Genevieve Theriault, and Michelle Yates This time is one of undeniable environmental, economic, social, and biological adversity. This...
  • Performance / Experiential:
    August 21, 7:00PM-8:00PM
    Join us for UTOPIA: touch, an hour-long, live, durational performance with 9 dancers in isolation exploring the tendernesses of unity and rebellion. Team: Vladimir Kremenović and Leah Crosby We are exploring proximity and unity in the virtual space while grappling with...
  • Technology:
    August 22, 11:00AM-12:00PM
    Join us for Empathy is Not Enough: How to Take Action Towards Inclusion, a one-hour participatory session. Design thinking has helped teams gain empathy and create better experiences for people around the world. Yet sometimes the experiences that result from design...
  • Technology:
    August 23, 10:00AM-11:00AM
    Join us for The Design of Everyday AI Things, a 60-minute virtual panel! Team: Madeline Macdonald, Ezgi Emiroglu, Carly Williams, Kate Morsink, Nathalie Attallah Four leading figures in the future of AI discuss the responsibilities and opportunities for designers using data...
  • Performance / Experiential:
    August 23, 11:00AM-12:00PM
    Join us for UTOPIA: touch, an hour-long, live, durational performance with 9 dancers in isolation exploring the tendernesses of unity and rebellion. Team: Vladimir Kremenović and Leah Crosby We are exploring proximity and unity in the virtual space while grappling with...
  • Urban Design:
    August 23, 3:00PM-5:00PM
    Join us for Towards a Region of Short Distances, a 2-hour virtual panel discussion. Team: Elijah Coley, Adam Bettcher, Lisa Awazu Wellman Before the Second World War, central Puget Sound cities grew around neighborhood nodes that were naturally limited to walkable...
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