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APR 11 | Nader Tehrani

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Nader Tehrani : Catalytic Structures

Washington State University / Callison Distinguished Lecture

Friday, April 11th 2014
Doors 6:15PM / Lecture 6:30pm
Seattle Public Library –
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA

Free to the public

While architectural types invariably require structure, rarely does structural organization become a significant protagonist in the figuration of the type – transforming it beyond its conventional configuration.  Structural systems are of course often defining features, but they do not, in themselves, demonstrate figurative possibilities beyond repetition, iteration and variation.  What distinguishes the artifacts are the extra-ordinary, anomalous, and transformative properties of structural figures that invade the architectural type, an interaction that causes the emergence of new spatial, formal and material organizations.

Nader Tehrani is a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT.  He is also Principle of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry.

The 2014 Callison Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by Callison Architecture, Inc. and the WSU School of Design and Construction.

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MAR 06 | Pablo Garcia

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Pablo Garcia

Pablo Garcia –  What We Talk About When We Talk About The Virtual

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

Space As We Think It : Explorations in Perception and Materiality

Thursday, March 6th
Seattle Public Library

Why is ‘virtual’ often synonymous with ‘digital’? I suspect that the term ‘virtual reality’ had something to do with it, as when it was coined in the early 1990’s new visions of digitally-driven immersive experiences invaded popular culture. Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Lawnmower Man, Max Headroom, and similar media exploited early digital technologies to imagine a future of complex virtual environments.

But “virtuality”—the systematic approximation and representation of reality—existed long before computers. Ancient Greek philosophers used shadows to measure the universe and establish mathematical principles. Renaissance artists created a formula for vision when they applied linear perspective to art and architecture. Lenses and mirrors gave artists and scientists new imaging powers for centuries leading up to the 19th century. And photography and cinema ushered in the media age of the 20th century. The computer—”digitality”—is wholly dependent on several millennia of virtuality. The human condition is so wrapped up with virtuality, that at times it may be difficult to see that digitality is merely one small subset—a new means to that virtual end.

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.

Pablo Garcia is Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained as an architect, Pablo’s recent work has evolved from design-for-hire to internationally exhibited artworks, provocations and research studies. Previously, Pablo has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School of Design, and The University of Michigan. From 2004-2007, he also worked as an architect and designer for Diller Scofidio + Renfro. He holds architecture degrees from Cornell and Princeton Universities.

5 – student (w/ valid ID) | 10 – general (online) | 15 – general (at door)

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MAR 05-09 | Waterfront Week

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Waterfront Week

Join us March 5-9 to celebrate all things waterfront. This series of events will reveal the newest design progress, share an insider’s look at how to build a seawall and get us all talking about opportunities for art, design and play on the waterfront and beyond.

All Waterfront Week events are free and open to the public.

Waterfront 2020

Wednesday, March 5
5:30-8:30 PM
Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion

The most current waterfront design will be on display, inlcuding our scale model of the future waterfront.  Take it all in, ask questions, adn tell us what you’re most excited about.  Designer James Corner will join City and civic leaders to share the newest waterfront design work.  Hear and see how diesns have evolved, including updates on key east/west connections, the new Alaskan Way, Union Street Pier, Pier 62/63 and more!

Art, Design & Play: Liane Lefaivre

Friday, March 7
6-8 PM
Seattle Art Museum – Plestcheeff Auditorium

Vienna-based architectural historian Liane Lefaivre will discuss play as a design tool for architects, city planners, and public artists.  Lefaivre is Professor and Chair of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Allied Arts in Vienna.  She has been a visiting Fellow at MIT and the national University of Singapore, and is an award-winning author of many books, including the forthcoming Ground-Up City: Play as a Design Tool.

Art, Design & Play: Ideas From Around The World

Saturday, March 8
10AM-4 PM
Seattle City hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room

Visionary designers, artists, and historians from across the globe will present and discuss the past, present, and future of play in art and design. Panelists include:

  • Tatiana Choulika of Waterfront Seattle Designers James Corner Field Operations, who will speak on the approach to landscape and play in jcfo designs for New York, Chicago, and Santa Monica.
  • Gabriela Burkhalter, Swiss playground historian and curator, who will give a talk titled “The Play Sculpture as Public Space.”
  • Alan Maskin of Olson Kundig Architects, who will present his work on play environments, including work done in collaboration with the artist Do-Ho Suh.
  • Artists Trimpin and Judith Caldwell, discussing their projects including the upcoming Artists at Play project at Seattle Center.
  • Curator Nigel Prince of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, discussing art’s links with childhood education and child audiences through the work of artists Aurélien Froment and Gareth Moore.

Field Day

Sunday, March 9
Meet us at the Pike Street Hillclimb across the street from the Seattle Aquarium.

Get an insider’s look at how to build a seawall, participate in family-friendly activities, and be partof our time capsule!

See you at Waterfront Week!

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MAR 01 | Tom Dixon

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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

RSVP is a must to:

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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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