by Bellevue College Interior Design Student Association (IDSA)
Talk by Barbara Bestor, principal of Bestor Architecture, a Los Angeles studio that navigates between popular culture, art, and architecture.
This Wednesday 22 Apr
Talk by Johnpaul Jones, designer of the National Museum of the American Indian, on Native culture, built environments, land use and activism.
This Wednesday 22 Apr
by AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum
at AIA Seattle
Join AIA Seattle Travel Scholarship recipient Stefan Kaiser as he presents his findings about how tech offices are impacting urban areas.
This Thursday 23 Apr
Tour of the Washington State Convention Center’s interior remodel w/Michael Courtney Design, creator of its experiential graphics program, and more.
This Thursday 23 Apr
Join us as we celebrate the release of our spring 2015 issue, ARCADE 33.1, Data Culture.
Saturday 25 Apr
by AIGA Seatle
Event bringing together designers, changemakers, food-focused nonprofits, and social impact organizations in our community to work in partnership.
Saturday 25 Apr
by Seattle Architecture Foundation, Seattle Public Library
Talk by professor and architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner on the origins/development of regional modern architecture in the Seattle area.
Wednesday 29 Apr
by Grace Eun (ASID), Ana Pinto da Silva (PechaKucha Seattle)
Panel on working together collaboratively and creatively; speakers from Microsoft, Steelcase, Studio O+A and OfficeInsight.
Friday 1 May
by Peter Miller Books
Celebrate the life, work, and influence of Richard Haag, and the new monograph on his work, written by Thaisa Way. Haag will be there to sign copies.
Saturday 2 May
by Modern Home Tours LLC
11am – 5pm
at Several private residences around Seattle
Tour of modern homes in the Seattle area.
Tuesday 5 May
by GRAY magazine, IDS West
Panel with Northwest designers on crossing over into new design fields.
Tuesday 5 May
by The Seattle Foundation
Support dialogue on design and give to ARCADE through the GiveBIG website during this one-day online giving event. Your support makes ARCADE possible!
Through Thursday 5 Nov
by Henry Art Gallery
Interactive art installation uses surveillance systems to create narratives with social media content matching demographic profiles of passers-by.
Through Sunday 26 Apr
by Henry Art Gallery
Museum-wide exhibition drawing on The Burke's and UW's collections to explore finitude and extinction through the sense of touch.
Through Saturday 25 Apr
by Suyama Space
Reception: Friday,16 January, 5–7pm. Artist talk: Saturday, 17 January, noon.
at Suyama Space
Site specific installation by artist Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor.
Through Sunday 26 Apr
by Frye Art Museum
Exhibition of work by Seattle artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, in part a response to the recent transformation of Seattle and the concept of ruins.
Through Sunday 24 May
by Vancouver Art Gallery
A three-part exhibition revealing the expansive and subjective ways in which artists have grappled with depicting and defining space over time.
Through Sunday 3 May
by Frye Art Museum
Exhibition featuring over 200 objects by artists, artisans, and architects of the fin de siècle.
Through Sunday 3 May
by Frye Art Museum
Exhibition of graphic works by artists of the fin de siècle published in Pan, a journal of Berlin-based artists, poets and critics.
Through Friday 1 May
by UW College of Built Environments
March 4: Opening and talk at 6pm
Exhibition of work by Jim Olson. Opening and talk with Alan Maskin on March 4 at 6pm.
Through Sunday 26 Jul
by Nordic Heritage Museum
Exhibition of contemporary Finnish design, including furnishings, fashion, craft, architecture and urbanism showing design thinking in Finnish life.
Through Friday 1 May
by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Space.City
Talk: 21 March, 11am. Gallery show: 20 March – 1 May.
Talk w/artist Guerresi, whose work explores concepts of religion, multicultural symbolism and feminine spirituality.
Through Sunday 4 Oct
by Vancouver Art Gallery
An exhibition presenting a look at the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
Through Saturday 9 May
by Upfor Gallery
Show of a series of photographs by Ben Buswell of bodies of water, which are incised through emulsion layers, catching light in unexpected ways.
Through Saturday 9 May
by Hedreen Gallery
Opening reception: 9 April, 6– 8pm.
Group exhibition about Seattle's transformation as a rapidly growing city in a phase of transition.
Through Saturday 2 May
by studio e gallery, fruitsuper design, Civilization
Opening reception: 11 April 6–10pm
Design/art show celebrating and exploring themes around vacations.
Thursday 23rd Apr 2015
Put on by ARCADE
Join us as we celebrate the release of our Spring 2015 issue, ARCADE Issue 33.1, Data Culture, feature edited by Christian Marc Schmidt. We'll be gathering at Union Stables. A $20 suggested donation at the door brings beverages, light fare, your copy of ARCADE and a warm philanthropic rush—it supports the creation of our magazine and programs.
Also, before the ARCADE launch, join Lara Swimmer and Weinstein A+U at Union Stables from 4:30–5:30pm for a reception featuring photography by Lara from the building's renovation. (Above photo: © Lara Swimmer).
From the feature, "Data Culture":
"There is more digital information in the world than ever before, and we create more every day. Along with the exponential increase in computer processing power, the Internet's explosive growth is fueling this new age of information, making it ever easier to collect and share data. As a result, quantification is infiltrating seemingly all corners of the world. Things that have never been measured before are now being converted into data, including aspects of life as amorphous as our personal relationships. ... This ARCADE feature section will explore the ways in which data has infiltrated culture, including case studies of works that utilize data for critique or as a new method of generating artistic forms."
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The below is adapted from a talk given at a PechaKucha Night Seattle event, Designing Leadership, which was hosted in collaboration with Design in Public for their Seattle Design Festival. Over the coming weeks, we'll release more adaptations of presentations given that evening. —ARCADE
Design and leadership are inextricably linked. As designers, we each engage, all of the time, with questions that require design and leadership skills at all levels. Designers have a civil and collective responsibility to design and act in the search for combined function, service, resilience, beauty, economy, elegance, complexity and poetry. Each of us must lead every day, all day. We have leadership obligations. This past spring’s news confirming the shrinking of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, with climate change being a contributing cause, brings the need for vigorous action into sharp focus; sea levels will rise to heights that will fundamentally change coastal cities, influence food security, etc., etc. For designers, I don’t think there is a better option than to lead through example and design. If someone tells you otherwise, don’t buy it. Just take quiet, persistent guerilla action. This is nothing new, and it starts with each individual.
What’s important in the practice of design? Optimism, profound curiosity, generosity, empathy, trust and a commitment to civil life, along with a passion for change, a zest for exploration and the ability to take action—the willingness to ask, “What about . . . ?” and consider everything at both the global and personal scales. Design is about care, kindness and craft. It is about the right material in the right place, creating the functional and poetic—it is always both.
If you are leading, you are doing the following simple things: You are pushing from behind and pulling from the front (this is hard work). You are looking for synergies—strategies that accomplish two, three or four things with grace. You are connecting in a visceral manner to each individual to create poetic experiences accessible to all. You are designing for beauty, elegance, resilience, function and economy—this is the standard. You engage in smart, managed, ongoing risk—you are not reducing risk but embracing it as you move exploration forward to the next set of questions. This is how we change the future, day in and day out.
Leaders look for relationships and patterns under the surface. This means that income distribution is important for designers to consider—it has implications for decisions associated with civil life. Even in a democracy, those who have money are in a disproportionate position of power and have the ability to define the nature of our civil life. It is important who gets to decide what. As Peter Coy reports in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “The Richest Rich Are a Class by Themselves,” a study by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman states that in the US the top 1% controls approximately 40% of the wealth, with 11% going to the top .01%. This circumstance and the related distribution of power result in limiting or focusing the identification of critical issues. It drives decisions regarding priorities and the nature of our civil society. The economist Robert Reich is right when he argues that income inequality is the defining issue of America’s future, and designers need to understand its implications in order to push for a broader view and strategies.
Leading means designing for rich, resilient ecological function as well as vibrant social life. This is essential for planetary vitality and a society in which the value of environmental health is central to discourse and action. Leading means design for informal appropriation and making space for the creation of elegance in the broadest sense of the word—efficient, beautiful and primal.
This work involves all designers, all of the time. This is leadership, and it is difficult. If you’re outside your comfort zone, it’s OK—you are moving toward the future.
Thank you to Andrew Buchanan/Subtle Light Photography for co-sponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
The files for the spring issue of ARCADE are off to the printer! A huge thank you + congrats to @schemadesign for designing a great issue!
Tuesday 14th Apr 2015
Put on by ARCADE, Civilization, Frye Art Museum, Northwest Film Forum
Join ARCADE, Civilization, the Frye Art Museum and Northwest Film Forum for this talk with Surya Vanka on the future of design. This discussion is part of the Northwest Film Forum's ByDesign 2015 festival, running 10 April -14 (Co-presented with Civilization).
Hosted at the Frye Art Museum, this event is free but an RSVP is required. Reserve a seat online here.
ABOUT THE TALK
Design’s origins lie in the mechanization of production a hundred years ago and the rise of consumer societies. Although the core of design, as it is taught and practiced, has remained much the same, each year we move away at a dizzying pace from being industrial societies based on manufacturing, toward knowledge societies based on information.
Design is being reinvented around the world, and Seattle is one of the places that is at the center of this reinvention. In this presentation, Surya Vanka will describe how the design profession is transforming to remain relevant to the future.
Surya Vanka is a designer, corporate leader, educator and author who has worked at the leading edge of designing physical and digital experiences for over twenty-five years. He has broad industry experience including most recently as director of user experience at Microsoft. Surya was a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. He is the author of two books on design, several publications, and has taught design in more than 20 countries. He is the winner of two Microsoft Engineering Best Practice Awards, a Microsoft Achievement Award, Accessibility Achievement Award, World Brand Congress Leadership Award and several industry recognitions. Surya is called upon as industry leader to review and accredit curricula in the United States and Europe, lead cross-company design initiatives and serves on the advisory board of the Design Management Institute. An exceptional speaker with a broad range of corporate and research experiences, Surya is frequently invited to keynote speeches at the most prestigious conferences, and has won top speaker awards three times. Surya’s work has appeared in numerous publications and news programs, including Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, the BBC and National Public Radio. He regularly teaches courses on interaction design, user experience, product development and strategic innovation around the world. Surya was selected to chair the 50th Anniversary Conference of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in August 2015 in Seattle. The theme of the conference is “The Future of the Future: The Next 50 Years,” with the bold ambition to convene 800 designers from around the world to spark the reinvention of design for the 21st century.
Read Surya's article "The Future of the Future" in the winter 2014 issue of ARCADE.
Beginning with People
When asked what designing leadership meant to me, I kept coming back to the people who have shaped my life, who have informed me, supported me and inspired me. Leadership begins with family—knowing the importance of where you came from and how that shapes who you are and what you believe.
Those who gravitate toward leadership roles are drawn to the mantle of responsibility therein, but even so, as a leader, you have to keep making a conscious decision to remain engaged. You must constantly remind yourself of your truth, your personal mission and why you feel compelled to lead.
Widening Your Perspective
You must never assume that you know what you are doing. Through my architecture graduate work at the University of Washington, I had the chance to learn about leadership through travel and hard work as my classmates and I endeavored to build a K–8 school for a squatter community in Tehalpa, two hours outside of Mexico City. Travel put my own experience into a broader context, widening my perspective and deepening my cultural sensitivity.
Becoming Authentically Engaged
Leadership requires genuine investment in work that has a positive impact, an outcome that can only be defined and informed through an earnest engagement with the community being served. After Mexico, I sought to conclude my graduate studies by finding a project in Seattle’s Central District that addressed a true community struggle that needed attention and resolution. The reimagining of Colman School was the answer to my search. What began as a thesis project later evolved and became realized in built form. In partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, a newly formed museum board, the City of Seattle, the Landmarks Board, WSDOT and a dozen community stakeholder groups, we helped create 36 units of workforce housing and the Northwest African American Museum.
Working on this project was transformative for both my heart and career. As the architect for the project, I grew as a leader by seeking meaning and being authentically engaged. By working on projects in communities of need, I have learned the importance and the power of actually listening. In order to lead, you must pay attention to your surroundings and sincerely hear and absorb what invested stakeholders ask of you. Vision is critical, yet the path forward and the solution come organically.
Fulfilling the Promise
Looking ahead to Seattle’s coming growth, I am hopeful that we can create a truly functional mixed-income community and a zero-carbon city. Right now, with broad redevelopment efforts at Yesler Terrace and the Seattle Waterfront, we have amazing opportunities as a community of designers, advocates and politicians to show the nation the promise that re-envisioning and redesigning urban living holds.
How do we capture the real potential of redevelopment in Seattle and create a multi-modal community that serves people of all income levels and walks of life? Are we doing enough and are we being sincere in our efforts? Through our Seattle 2035 vision and our quest to be carbon neutral by 2050, can we lead and leave our children a better legacy than our parents were able to leave us?
If we are to be transformative, we must be invested, earnest and honest. Only through the heart will we find our way.
This summer I traveled to the Czech Republic to participate in the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno. While the biennial has become a popular format for presenting contemporary art and architecture, there are only a handful of graphic design biennials. The Biennial Foundation, an independent nonprofit founded to “create a spirit of solidarity and equality among contemporary art biennials worldwide,” lists 161 biennials of art or architecture. For graphic design, Google finds 6.
Why should graphic design be presented in elaborate, grandiose showcases known as biennials? Graphic design is the logo on our coffeemaker, the layout of the websites we visit, the billboards on our commute to work. Graphic design is a practical profession; it is visual communication that helps one service or organization differentiate itself from another. In the US especially, design is business’s “value added” sidekick.
Yet a graphic design biennial presents an alternate view of design. Like an architecture biennial, a graphic design biennial suggests that the practice’s fundamental feature—communication—can and should be explored in ways that are experimental and speculative. Biennials, and other exhibitions about design, allow the field to reflect on its methods, to surface wild ideas and to generate critical thinking about the social role design plays.
The 26th Brno Biennial, which took place 19 June through 26 October 2014, addressed the theme “graphic design, education and schools” through exhibitions, projects and lectures at the second-largest museum in the Czech Republic, the Moravian Gallery. The biennial encompassed material that was rigorously intellectual and formally exciting but also humorous and fun. The main exhibition focused on the work of students, which was abundant in typographic experimentation and wordplay. My favorite poster, however, was the delightfully out-of-context photomontage of a bread roll as a Mars rover.
In another installation the designers Sulki and Min Choi examined how certain types of design education have been emphasized by the biennial by charting the academic backgrounds of the designers included in its last five iterations. Among the speakers of the opening weekend symposium, curator Barbara Steiner spoke about the social and economic relationship between art and design, and Maki Suzuki of the studio Åbäke presented “Seriously Forks X, a Talk About Talks.”
I was involved in distracted-workshop #1: may change, a project to create a “workshop” on cross-disciplinary learning in which visitors could take part in activities generated by artists and designers; for example, visitors could contribute to the building of a single basket out of an enormous pile of rope, generating a collaborative sculpture by the biennial’s closing. While each Brno Biennial gathers research and information around a specific topic, what participants choose to focus on reflects the current developments and concerns of visual culture itself.
Notably, all 6 graphic design biennials take place outside the US. Chatting one day with our biennial contact, Anna Šimková, she was surprised to hear that graphic design in the US does not get the biennial treatment it does overseas. Anna asked, “In the US, graphic design is not considered an art?”
“We encounter graphic design every day, it’s so close to us,” she continued. “Why would we not want to investigate it further?"
Thank you to Mithun for co-sponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”—Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The waterfront project is reshaping Seattle. The creation of this amazing new public space will change the way we relate to each other and to the city. It is only natural that the community leads and inspires the project’s design.
Seattle’s extraordinary central shoreline is one of the reasons why this city is so special. With the urgent need to replace failing critical infrastructure, the seawall and the viaduct, the community has seized the opportunity to reimagine the waterfront by creating a destination park that is accessible to everyone in the city and the region. With community leadership, we are reclaiming Seattle’s civic identity as a waterfront city and reuniting the urban center with its soul.
Elected and civic leaders, city officials, volunteers, friends and neighbors throughout the city have collaborated to ensure the design is inspired and led by the community, resulting in a vision that puts more people on the waterfront doing more things. To build a waterfront for all, over the last five years, thousands of people have given time, energy and ideas to create a plan that embraces Seattle’s waterfront history, its future aspirations and the values of its citizens.
Through the leadership of the community, expressed in the design, the waterfront is being reimagined as a place for people to come together. Community input guided the design principles: allow people to touch the water; create open, democratic public spaces where people encounter fun and engaging activities; and embrace and protect the natural beauty of the shoreline. The park will provide places for spending time with family and friends, sticking a foot (or an oar) in the water, having a conversation with a stranger or enjoying the local music scene amid stunning natural scenery. The community-inspired design will allow us to continually imagine and reimagine events and programming for the area that only a true waterfront city could enjoy. Spaces designed for flexible uses will provide thriving, welcoming, vibrant and dynamic gathering places.
The community-led design of this park envisions more activity along the waterfront throughout the year and challenges assumptions about the way we use the area. As buildings begin to face the waterfront, loading docks can become sidewalk cafes, creating lively pedestrian spaces with street-level retail and food.
Through the leadership of the community, the park’s design appreciates what the waterfront has been, what it is now and its future potential. Despite the presence of aging and failing infrastructure, the waterfront’s history and character are key parts of Seattle’s identity. Through the design, many memorable elements will be cast in a new light, making the old feel fresh yet still intimate and familiar.
Big civic projects like Seattle’s new waterfront park are no small feat. They require the strength of the community to maintain the integrity of the design, tenacity in leadership and resiliency in long-term stewardship. Community collaboration also provides new perspectives about how we use and manage our public spaces in Seattle and the community’s role in the park’s stewardship over time.
The waterfront park is ultimately about creating a destination to share—a beautiful, vibrant, sustainable area for all. It’s about reconnecting with each other and with the spirit of the city, giving both visitors and residents yet another wonderful reason to fall in love with Seattle all over again.