Thank you to Mithun for cosponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
Thank you to PAE Engineers for cosponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
In September, ARCADE celebrated the launch of issue 35.2, A City to Love: Auckland's Visions of a Public Realm at Old Stove Brewing Co., at the new Pike Place MarketFront. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, to our event sponsors, our volunteers, and to all who contributed to this issue.
Thank you to Michael Stearns of Hybrid3 Design Studio for taking event photos!
Thank you to our event sponsors Arup, Berger Partnership, dark | light design, Miller Hull, and Sellen Construction and venue host Old Stove Brewing Co! Thanks also to Honest Biscuits for the tasty snacks. And thank you to grantmakers 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for supporting ARCADE.
Here are a few shots from the launch party. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos. Share, tag and enjoy!
The city of Auckland, New Zealand, will be on display at the ARCADE Fall Salon on October 26, 2017 (tickets available now).
The 2015–2016 Runstad Affiliate Fellows will expand on their fall ARCADE feature "A City to Love: Auckland's Visions of a Public Realm" as they share findings from their time studying the New Zealand "super city."
According to the Fellows, who spent a year investigating Auckland as a case study for place and design-led city building, Auckland and Seattle have much in common. Both cities share similarities in climate, age, size, urban form, and relationship to adjacent communities. In terms of transportation, "Auckland’s diversity of transit modes—train, light rail, bus, and ferry—is also similar, and it too is car centric and striving to wean itself off auto dependency." The political climates in Auckland and Seattle are comparable and, like we are, "Auckland is experiencing rapid growth, creating pressures on transportation systems, housing supply, public amenities, and livability."
The Fellows found that Auckland has embraced a visionary approach to city building and resiliency. And what is clear is that the story the Fellows have to share from Auckland is about love; it's about "a city and region remaking itself with the goal of being a place that its citizens will love, a story about a dialog between a city and the people who live there."
It's a story worth hearing as Seattle faces its own struggles. What parallel lessons are there for Seattle from 7,000 miles away?
Join us on October 26, 2017 from 6:30–8pm at The Cloud Room to hear from the 2015-2016 Runstad Affiliate Fellows. Get your tickets here (limited space available).
Speakers: The University of Washington Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows Program "gathers thought leaders from industry, faculty from the College of Built Environment, and top students pursuing a Master of Science in Real Estate for an 18-month program to examine real estate issues in the built environment." The 2015–2016 Runstad Affiliate Fellows are Ben Broesamle, Joe David, Genevieve Hale-Case, Amy Hartman, Giovanni Migliaccio, Rick Mohler, and Barbara Swift.
Venue: The Cloud Room, located in the heart of Capitol Hill in Chophouse Row, "provides a shared working environment that’s enriched by the people who occupy it."
Thank you to Nussbaum Group for co-sponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
Thank you to Andrew Buchanan/Subtle Light Photography for co-sponsoring ARCADE's website and e-newsletter.
I’m not very compelled by ethical arguments. I live my life believing that I and most other humans operate for primarily selfish reasons. If I do things that are perceived as kind, my kindness is merely a side effect. I fight for the rights of others so that they will fight for mine. I bite my tongue when faced with unfair authority figures so that they will be more likely to favor me.
I am selfish, but I am not unusual. I am an animal. I live for myself. I live to survive.
I’m not very compelled by the idea that we owe some kind of debt to this Earth. Of all global issues, I perhaps discuss climate change least because what I hear over and over is the idea that humans are somehow above nature, have ruined it, and need to restore it. To me, this seems impossibly arrogant. We, like every other animal, are the result of evolution. We cannot operate on some level superior to all other life forms. The end of us will not be the end of time. We may do damage and then die, but life will never cease.
Sounds apathetic, right? Why should we minimize our impact when the world will recover without us? Why shouldn’t we kill other organisms? Vegetarianism often goes hand in hand with climate change advocacy, but vegetarianism is a practice that demands humans forget what kind of animal they are. We are omnivores. Why should we feel guilt over following our basic biological imperatives?
I’m not here to stop anyone from helping to prevent climate change because of their morals. I’m all for doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. Possibly, I am the one with the wrong reasons. But if you read this believing that fighting climate change is only for bleeding-heart liberals who would put the life of a rhino over their own, I invite you to reconsider. Climate change has been proven to be real. It may kill any number of other species. In the long run, it will certainly kill us. That is the fact of the matter, and that is why I invite you to stop the damage while we can. I invite you to be a human with me.
Live to survive.