Featuring international playgrounds, drawings, sketches, videos and playable installations, Extraordinary Playscapes examines the importance of play and the latest thinking in playground design. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, visitors will discover how designers are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.

Thanks to all that came out for the opening and Family Fun Day! Check out the photo booth photos from Family Fun Day here.

State water resources issues delay passage of the Capital Budget, affecting architects that work on public projects. AIA Washington Council will continue to work with allied organizations to press for a solution that will allow the budget to be passed this year. And thank you to the 6 candidates that attended the Mayoral Forum AIA Seattle co-hosted, answering an array of questions about the built environment, important in this year’s election. Find out more about these advocacy updates and more here.

Further localizing the topics and speakers, the summer 2017 sessions will delve into strategies for integrating informed materials decision-making and transparency into projects; the tools and data useful for assessing and prioritizing materials; and issues of social and environmental advocacy, along with the impacts that manufacturers, firms and clients have on human and environmental health. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

With the opening of the new Center for Architecture & Design, we have entered a new era of public engagement, demonstrating the value of architectural thinking to our thriving community. An elevated public profile aided our advocacy efforts in 2016 and our robust peer-to-peer professional education continued in 2016, with new programming on urban housing, sustainable and healthy building materials and industry business models. Read more about the past year in our AIA Seattle 2016 Annual Report and plans ahead in our 2017 Annual Plan.

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Seattle Design Festival 2017: POWER

The 2017 Seattle Design Festival will be September 9-22. Read more

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