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FutureShack | How Do We Want to Live?

How has design changed and where should it be going? Please join us for a glass of wine and a lively discussion about the future of residential design and how it fits into your neighborhood. Are you thinking of a new home project of your own? FutureShack provides a chance to learn about what resources are available to you and meet the professionals who can help make your project a reality.

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Click here for a gallery of submitted projects and vote for your favorite!

Voting closes on September 13

What is FutureShack?

FutureShack is a new way to think about residential architecture. It’s about how it works, not just how it looks. FutureShack creates a platform for dialogue between the public and design professionals. How can architecture help improve the quality of your city? Your neighborhood? Your home? How can you share your vision of living in the future? It showcases creative responses to our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas. Part debate about how we want to live, part recognition of innovative architecture, FutureShack is judged by a panel of both designers and engaged members of the public. The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine will publish the jurors' selected projects on September 12. The public will also be able to choose their favorite as part of the People's Choice Award. That winner will be announced at the FutureShack program on September 15.

Your Home Project: Where to Begin?

hosted by Sarah Rudinoff

Sometimes it may feel like it takes a village to make a home project successful. How do you figure our how to make the most of my budget? What does "green design" really mean and can I even afford it? How do I to plan for my family's changing needs? What questions should I be asking? Architects will be on-hand with tips and information to help you answer these questions and more.

People's Choice Award: Vote Today!

Voting starts August 30! Dozens of firms from around the Greater Seattle area submitted their projects to FutureShack. Vote for your favorite by visiting the online gallery! The winner will be announced at FutureShack Live Event on September 15.


Ross Reynolds

Ross hosts "The Conversation," a daily news talk program. An excerpt from our show on high school reunions garnered a 2003 first place award from the Radio and Television News Directors. In the December 2001 issue, Seattle Magazine called "The Conversation" "Seattle's best talk show." The program also received the 2001 SPJ Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism First Place Award for Daily News Reporting, a 2001 New York Festival Gold World Medal for Talk Programs, and a 2000 Public Radio News Directors First Place for Interview/Call-in Program. Ross came to KUOW in 1987 as news director, and in 1992 became program director. As program director, he changed the station's format from classical/news to news and yet more news. In 1998, Ross became program director and news director. His coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999 won a National Headliner First Place Award for Coverage of a Live Event.


Sarah Rudinoff

Named alongside legendary blues singer Ernestine Anderson as one of the two Seattle female vocalists with “pipes to die for” by this year’s Seattle Magazine Music Portfolio, Sarah Rudinoff has been singing and making theatrical mayhem in Seattle for 15 years. Rudinoff is an actress, singer and writer who has lived and worked from New York to Los Angeles. Sarah is on the board of On The Boards which brings cutting edge performance to Seattle from the Northwest and around the world. She gives her time hosting benefits for arts organizations from Velocity Dance Center to the Henry Art Gallery. Ms. Rudinoff is the winner of The Stranger’s 2004 Genius Award in Theatre..


Jonathan Segal FAIA, Principal, Jonathan Segal Architect, San Diego

Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Company has been awarded six national AIA Honor Awards for their housing work. They have been responsible for the design and development of over 300 medium to high-density urban residential, mixed use, and live/work units totaling over 300,000 square feet of construction. Jonathan Segal is considered one of downtown San Diego's most successful and pioneering residential architectural/development companies and has a reputation for providing superior housing at a lower cost than comparable properties. Their focus is exclusively on urban projects, ranging from 80 to 160 dwelling units per acre. Over the last 19 years Jonathan Segal has been the recipient of numerous accolades including 24 local, state and national AIA awards for residential and Urban Design.

Jim Russell, President/Chief Creative Officer, ideabox, Salem, OR

ideabox grew from a career in architecture, energy & resource efficiency, and consumer marketing and design. Following a Master of Architecture (University of Colorado, 1988), Jim worked on resort projects in Vail, Colorado. A shift in focus, Jim designed and implemented regional and national efficiency programs at the Oregon Department of Energy and D&R Int’l. Success in creating effective marketing strategies led to a design consulting practice for leading national building product manufacturers & retailers. ideabox is a natural extension of that experience combined with a passion for modern design small footprint homes that are efficient in construction and amazing to live in.

Betsy Hunter, Director of Real Estate Development, Capitol Hill Housing, Seattle

Betsy Hunter is the Chief Real Estate Development Officer for Capitol Hill Housing. She oversees development and construction for new projects adding to CHH’s 42-building portfolio. Betsy’s developments include Broadway Crossing, Seattle’s first LEED Silver mixed-use development, and the Pantages Apartments, a Seattle landmark incorporated into a larger affordable housing development, winner of a national AIA “Show Your Green” award, and winner of FutureShack honors in 2009. In addition to real estate development, Betsy directs CHH’s work on community development issues.

Jim Diers, community-builder and author of "Neighbor Power", Seattle

Since moving to Seattle in 1976, Jim Diers put his passion for community engagement to work for a direct-action neighborhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the nation’s largest health care cooperative. He was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years. Currently, Jim teaches courses in community organizing and development at the University of Washington and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He travels internationally to deliver speeches, present workshops, and provide technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and local governments.

Robert Peña, Associate Professor, University of Washington College of Built Environments, Seattle

Rob Peña teaches architectural design and environmental control systems courses with an emphasis on ecological design and high-performance buildings. Rob also works with the Integrated Design Lab Puget Sound where he consults with architects in the region on the design and analysis of high performance buildings. Rob has been on the architecture faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Oregon, and Montana State University, and a visiting faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the former director of Ecological Design Consulting for Van der Ryn Architects and the Ecological Design Institute in Sausalito, California. Rob received a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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