Below is the introduction to the ARCADE Issue 34.1 feature section. The issue will release online over the following weeks. Subscribe to receive ARCADE in print.


Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.
— Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Last fall, ARCADE’s editorial committee met to discuss the year ahead. As we outlined our 34th volume, we wrestled with subjects to explore in 2016 — what felt urgent and important? One concept that permeated the conversation was change — that a time of great transformation in our region, nation and planet is on the horizon. We touched on some specifics: the explosive growth in Pacific Northwest cities, global warming, issues around migration, and the imperative to act together with empathy and compassion. 

From these looming subjects we settled on the topic of influence for this feature, the first in ARCADE volume 34. As we move into the future, what will we take with us — as we grow and change, what ideas and experiences will guide our choices? What influences from our pasts will help us understand and create our next chapters? In the feature articles, contributors from a variety of design fields and more share thoughts on the cultural influences that have impacted their thinking, highlighting large ideas worth considering as we shape our world. The stories they tell and concepts they present are wide-ranging and insightful.

Though the topics and viewpoints in this feature differ, in many ways they seem to hint at the same timeless questions: What does it mean to be human, and how do we best relate to each other, our environment and our world? Let us know what you think.

Issue 34.1 will release online throughout the summer. Look for these feature contributors and topics:

Barry Katz, design professor (CCA and Stanford) and fellow at IDEO, on “form follows function”

Scott Thiessen, web developer and designer, on emergence

Surya Vanka, designer, author, teacher and speaker, on authenticity

Alan Maskin, architect, artist and a principal/owner at Olson Kundig, on 100 influences

Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder/CEO of CreativeLive, on action sports and community

Susie Lee, artist and cofounder/CEO of Siren, on her touchstones of being

Peter Lape, professor (UW) and curator of Archaeology at the Burke Museum, on archaeology, the Coast Salish and the development of Seattle

Andrew Wong, IT professional, on joy in public art and design

Alonzo King, artistic director and choreographer at Lines Ballet, on nature