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MAR 01 | Tom Dixon

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Tom Dixon_portrait

Tom Dixon Talks at Inform Interiors

Saturday, March 1st
Inform Interiors – 300 Dexter Ave N

(enter through back alley)

Inform Interiors invites you to a multidisciplinary talk on design given by British design icon Tom Dixon.  Tom will be giving a presentation followed by a signing of his new book, Dixonary. Drinks and small bites will follow.

5:00pm – Talk

6:00-6:30pm – Book Signing

6:00-8:00pm – Drinks

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FEB 27 | PKN SEA vol. 51

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PKN SEA v.51

PKN SEA vol.51 – AfroFuturism

Thursday, February 27th
6:30 – 9:00pm
Northwest African-American Museum - 2300 S. Massachusetts Street

Where is the future and what does it look like? Afrofuturism is many things including an exploration of the possibilities that extend beyond the here and now. Afrofuturists have helped to re-framed the dialogue about racial equality by presenting complex narratives that among other things examine worlds ravaged by oppression to promised lands beyond race and time. We invite you take a trip back to the future with local thought leaders and visionaries to a place beyond race and time.Organizations sponsoring the event: Seattle Pecha Kucha + Northwest African-American Museum

Organizations sponsoring the event: Seattle Pecha Kucha + Northwest African-American Museum

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FEB 07 | Marco Casagrande

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Marco Casagrande

presented by Space.City and the HSW Endowment / Neighborhood Design-Build Studio

Friday, February 7th
Architecture Hall 147 - University of Washington

Principal of Casagrande Laboratory, a Finland-based studio, Marco Casagrande moves freely between architecture, urban and environmental design, science, art, and circus, while contributing to the cross-over architectural thinking of commedia dell’architettura. “Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum (as quoted in ArchDaily). His work has been exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Havana Biennale and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial. In September 2013, he was awarded the prestigious European Prize for Architecture.

Free - Please join us for Happy Hour before the lecture at UW Gould Court

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JAN 20 | PKN SEA vol.50

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PKN SEA vol.50 – Big Ideas

Imagining Seattle’s Future 2035 & Beyond

Thursday, January 30th
5:30 – 8:30pm
Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavillion – 2901 Western Ave

Pecha Kucha Seattle, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Art Museum are collaborating for the upcoming SEA PKN vol. 50: Big Ideas – Imagining Seattle’s Future, 2035 & Beyond. The evening will bring together presentations by leaders from across Seattle’s innovation/creation community to explore shared visions for Seattle’s future to inspire Seattle 2035, a year long, citywide conversation to guide the update of the city’s 20-year comprehensive plan.

Organizations sponsoring the event: Seattle Pecha Kucha + City of Seattle Department of City Planning, Seattle Art Museum


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Andrew Kudless of MATSYS

presented by Space.City as part of the lecture series:

Space As We Think It : Explorations in Perception and Materiality

Thursday, January 16th
Seattle Public Library

Andrew Kudless of MATSYS will be the kick-off event for our lecture series, Space as We Think It: Explorations in Perception and Materiality.

MATSYS’ investigations are based upon a theory that architecture can be understood as a material body with its own intrinsic and extrinsic forces relating to form, growth, and behavior.  Andrew will be speaking to our series by showcasing the explorations his studio performs through geometric and material differentiation.  Allowing us to better understand the patterns and media with which we interact.

Space as We Think It: Explorations in Perception and Materiality. For many of us, daily patterns are now defined by both virtual and physical interactions.  In this continually shifting reality where past narratives do not easily find footing, we look for new meaning in our physical world.  These changing perceptions of our surroundings demand a better understanding of the patterns and media with which we interact – form, material, process – opening the doors for experimentation, creation and spatial possibilities.

Andrew Kudless is a designer based in San Francisco where he is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts.  In 2004, he founded MATSYS, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation.  Andrew has taught at the Architectural Association, Yale University and The Ohio State University where he was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners.  He has a Master of Arts in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University.  Andrew’s work has received several honors including a FEIDAD Design Merit Award and Fulbright Fellowship.  The work of MATSYS has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.

10 – student (w/ valid ID) | 12 – general (online advance purchase) | 15 – general (at the door)

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DEC 12 | Collective Works

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Collective Works: An ARCADE + IDSA Year-End Event

Thursday, December 12th
635 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119

Join ARCADE and IDSA NW for “Collective Works: An ARCADE + IDSA Year-End Event and Celebration,” an exciting social event celebrating the power of community and design as we look back at a fantastic 2013 and anticipate a great year to come!

Tickets / 20 – at the door ( cash & cards accepted) / 10 – IDSA Members and Students (must show ID)

In addition to drinks, light fare and our usual holiday festivities – including an auction of coveted getaways and wonderful, locally designed products – we’ll be previewing the anticipated documentary “If You Build It,” a film exploring Studio H’s important work in rural North Carolina with students who transform their community through design.  We’ll also be sharing the results of a design workshop that IDSA and ARCADE collaborated on with students in our own community and take a look at ARCADE’s editorial vision for the year, which includes a special issue, “Empathy, Fire and Spades: Design for Social Innovation.”

Beverages will be flowing.  Good cheer will be plentiful!  Join us as we celebrate design and our amazing creative community!

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A huge thank you to the event sponsors!

360 Modern/Beech Tree Woodworks/Bellan Construction/Berger Partnership/Cognition Studio/Dovetail General Contractors/Fathom/FLOR Carpet Design Squares/Footprint Exhibits/Hilliard’s Beer/Integrus Architecture/Iron Springs Resort/Jordan T. Adams Events + Creative/Krekow Jennings/Molo/Nussbaum Group/Schuchart/Dow/Triumph Exo & Events/Wacom

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Dry Soda/Gourmondo/MakerHaus/Proletariat/Teague

NOV 4 | AIA 2013 Honor Awards

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AIA 2013 Honor Awards

Monday, November 4
Doors – 5:30pm; Event – 7pm
Benaroya Hall

Review the submitted projects in the Online Gallerypurchase your tickets today.

Architectural practice in Washington encompasses a wide range of work, large and small, physical and conceptual. At its best it is not simply a beautiful object, but a relationship between objects, people, and the environment. The 2013 AIA Honor Awards features new submittal guidelines and judging criteria that recognize our profession’s changing conditions, complexity and expanding scope. We believe that design should embody a balance between INSPIRATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING, ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY, and SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION.

OCT 30 | Stella Betts

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