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Low Country Residence, Photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Lecture by Architect and Educator Frank Harmon Presented by Space.City & AIA Seattle


Exchange Building Suite 410, 821 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

$10 General
$5 Student w/current valid student id
$15 Door

Frank Harmon, FAIA has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as place-less-ness, sustainability and restoring cities and nature.

His buildings recall the materials of their region, from using hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect the structure to its landscape. The airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the romanticism of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism.

A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he is a Professor-in-Practice at the NC State University College of Design, he has taught at the Architectural Association, and he has been a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the Rural Studio at Auburn University.

As a noted writer and illustrator, his recent project, Native Places, uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. He is a primary contributor to Activate 14, an AIANC initiative to educate the public on the benefits of good design and sustainability through a series of summer events and design competitions.

Harmon’s work has been recognized for strong design by student, peers, and clients alike. In 2013, he received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect. He holds numerous awards recognizing his contributions to design and sustainability. His firm, Frank Harmon Architect, has been named to Architect magazine’s “Top 50″ list three times.


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Jim Chuchu

Jim Chuchu In Conversation

Please join us for an intimate gathering and discussion between visiting Kenyan artist Jim Chuchu and writer/researcher Negarra A. Kudumu

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
6:00 pm
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery - 608 Second Avenue

Kenyan artist Jim Chuchu takes us on profound and dizzying journeys of psycho-spiritual time travel, spanning distant African pasts and potential Afro-futures. He remixes the popular religious experience of spiritual  possession—the penetration of the human body, at times willful, at times unbidden, by the vast invisible forces of the universe. In many communities in African and its Diaspora, spiritual presences are summoned into the body of the novice through dance, music, chanting, masking and other disciplines. The initial experience of possession, many devotees explain, is often terrifying, experienced as a kind of dreadful, incapacitating illness or sense of free-fall. Seeking healing, the possessed often join secret societies or “cults of affliction” that promise them relief from the terrors of the possessing other.

Currently on display at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is Jim Chuchu’s exhibit Pagans.

For additional information about Jim Chuchu’s work and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, click here.
For a video on some of Jim Chuchu’s work, click here. (password pagans)

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APR 16 | PKN SEA v.62

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PKN SEA v.62

PKN SEA vol.62 – Design Mind. Design Body

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:30 – 9:00pm
Nordic Heritage Museum – 3014 NW 67th St.

Finland: Designed Environments, now showing at the Nordic Heritage Museum celebrates the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years. The exhibit presents furnishings, fashion, craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, featuring a diverse array of design work inspired by the intersection of mind and body.


Hillary Rielly

Rebecca Peterson

Jamie King

Taylor Sizemore

Charlotte Brekkan

Dane Jensen

Paulina Wilcowska

Ida Ottesen

Surya Vanka

Dustann Jones

Jeanette Svensk-Li


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Sponsored by: Pecha Kucha Seattle, the Nordic Heritage Museum

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MAY 06 – JUN 07 | BLACKBOX 2.0

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BLACKBOX 2.0 - Seattle

BLACKBOX 2.0 - Seattle

The second edition of Seattle’s first international art, film & technology festival

May 6th – June 7th, 2015
Various places around Seattle – Full program will be announced on April 22nd

Black Box is the first international art, film and technology festival in Seattle. A program of significant scope, Black Box presents contemporary art in movie theaters, galleries, shipping containers and online. The festival is organized by Aktionsart, a new art and technology nonprofit based in the Pacific Northwest, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, UW and Cornish.

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Sponsored by –  Aktionsart

Institutional sponsors –  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia

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Maimouna Guerresi - In Conversation

Maimouna Guerresi with independent curator and entrepreneur Erika Dalya Massaquoi

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery - 608 Second Avenue

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery will host a conversation with the artist Maïmouna Gueressi on Saturday, March 21st to accompany the opening of her exhibit “Light Bodies,” which runs through May 1st. Guerresi’s multi-media work explores the “idealistic concept of religion and re-interprets its icons” through themes of “multicultural symbolism and feminine spirituality.” Her work is linked both to Western cultures and Sufi philosophy.  Independent Curator, and owner of the Oula Company, Erika Dalya Massaquoi will lead a discussion with Guerresi about her work on Saturday at 11am.

For additional information about Maïmouna’s work and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, click here.

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Headlines 2015

HEADLINES 2015:  Architecture Looking Ahead

Call for Entries

April 17 – May 1 - Deadline for entry is April 13th at 5pm

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Saturday, April 17th, 2015
5:00 – 8:00pm
Gould Court - University of Washington
Free and open to the public

The Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Council (PAC) will hold its annual Spring Exhibit in Gould Court. HEADLINES 2015: Architecture Looking Ahead highlights emerging architectural projects designed by Washington practitioners. This preview of ideas and as yet un-built work gives the public a rare glimpse into the studio process. An overview of the design innovation and influence of local practitioners both large and small, HEADLINES 2015 offers an exciting preview of future projects to be built regionally, nationally and globally. The exhibit is posted in Gould Court in the College of Built Environments main exhibit hall. Afterwards the exhibit travels to other northwest architectural institutions. Previous year’s exhibit was displayed at AIBC – Vancouver, Washington State University, Montana State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon.

The Professionals Advisory Council maintains a dialogue between practicing architects, allied design professionals, and the Department of Architecture at the UW. This dialog informs the profession about departmental concerns and larger academic issues. In turn, faculty gains greater awareness of marketplace realities and trends. Through participation in the council, members enjoy opportunities for growth while supporting the UW Department of Architecture.

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MAR 11 | PKN SEA vol. 61

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PKN SEA vol.61 – Comics! NW Roots

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
6:00 – 9:00pm
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center - 201 Mercer Street

Seattle gave birth and momentum to the alternative comics movement in the 1970s when Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, and Matt Groening emerged from Evergreen State College. After leaving Evergreen, Barry, Burns, and Groening syndicated their work in alternative newspapers across the country—creating a nationwide awareness of a new, accessible aesthetic peculiar to the Northwest. This soon gave rise to a movement that still reverberates worldwide. Comics! Northwest Roots is an evening of vivid imagery and stories from veteran and emerging artists of the Northwest comics scene, recounting and celebrating this art form.


Peter Bagge

Max Clotfelter

Tom Van Deusen

Ellen Forney

Eroyn Franklin

Kelly Froh

Tatiana Gill

David Lasky

Larry Reid

Gina Siciliano

Jilm Woodring


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Sponsored by: Pecha Kucha Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, Fantagraphic Books


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All events free and open to the public


Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
6:00 – 7:30pm
Liberty Bar – 517 15th Ave E

The Urban Design Forum hosts monthly panel discussions, case studies and presentations. Join us this month for a panel discussion presented in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute and Living Future 2015 featuring Sarah Bergmann of the Pollinator Pathway, Emily Ehlers of the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, and Patrick Mulligan of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

URBAN HABITAT CORRIDORS – Integrating Human Systems with Natural Systems

Tuesday, March 25th, 2015
6:00 – 7:30pm
Belltown Pub - 2322 1st Ave E

Join us this month for a panel discussion presented in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute and Living Future 2015 featuring Sarah Bergmann of the Pollinator Pathway, Emily Ehlers of the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, and Patrick Mulligan of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

INNOVATION HUB(+) – An International Perspective on Tech Companies and Urban Development

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
6:00 – 7:30pm
AIA Seattle - 1911 1st Ave

Join us this month for ENCORE Architects Stefan Kaiser’s outcomes from the AIA Seattle Emerging Professional Travel Scholarship. Expanding tech offices in urban areas are reviving latent communities in San Francisco, Kansas City and Nairobi but the at the cost of increased housing prices and reduced diversity. Seattle’s evolving communities will be accompanied by a new civic identity. How will our future city be designed?

Sponsored by AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum

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FEB 20 | Art Globally

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Friday, February 20th
5:30 – 9:00pm
Seattle Asian Art Museum

Join in locally, for an evening of contemporary global art with artists and curators, live music, conversation and refreshments.

As part of Art Globally, Space.City would like to feature:

Crossing Over: Japanese Artists & Architects

2014 Seattle City Artist Project

Presented by: Robert Hutchison/Principal, Robert Hutchison Architecture 2010 Japan/US Friendship Fellow

Building upon his interests at the periphery of architecture, Robert Hutchison traveled in Japan in 2010 to interview architects and artists whose work spans both disciplines. In his talk, Hutchison will discuss artists and photographers whose works relate to architecture, and architects whose works diverge from everyday practice. His presentation provides a fresh perspective on Japanese architecture and urbanism, challenging the discipline of architecture itself. Photographs and a video documenting his visit to Japan will be on display.

Robert Hutchison lived and traveled in Japan in 2010 on a Creative Artist’ fellowship awarded by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the NEA. Each year five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the U.S. are selected to spend five months in Japan.

Funding for this project is in part through a 2014 Seattle City Artist Project Grant.

also features:
Live On: Mr’s Japanese Neo-Pop, and globally-infused music!
5:30–6:30pm Happy Hour  (cash bar, complimentary small bites)

Tickets online: SAM Members $10  |  all others $15


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JAN 15 | PKN SEA vol. 58

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PKN SEA vol.58 – Seattle People of Color Salon

Thursday, Januaray 15th, 2015
5:30 – 9:00pm
Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 1634 19th Avenue

The event will bring together voices from across our community to illuminate the landscape of activism shaping our regional and national conversation around race and to provide tools and resources to inspire change. The evening will be emceed by the poet, artist and activist Barbara Earl Thomas.


Elmer Dixon – President of Executive Diversity Services

Tracy Rector – Executive Director/Co-Founder, Longhouse Media

Robin DiAngelo – Director of Equity & Inclusion at Seattle Senior Services

Darlene Flynn – Policy and Development Lead, City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Tim Lennon – Events Coordinator, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

Daveda Russell – Illumination & Manifestation Strategist, Nyawela Consulting

Otts Bolisay – Communications Specialist, OneAmerica

Luzviminda Carpenter – On-Call Counselor , YouthCare Seattle

Evan Flory-Barnes – Bassist | Composer

Naomi Ishisaka – Seattle Journalist

Ijeoma Oluo – Writer, Blogger

Christopher Shaw – Ceramicist, Artist, Engineer

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