Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Detail of "Dear Seattle" installation, 2011 Seattle Design Festival; Studio Matthews
AIA Seattle Launches Design in Public

AIA Seattle members have been working hard over the past two years to bring you a new affiliate nonprofit organization, Design in Public, creator of the Seattle Design Festival. Design in Public is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes the role of design in improving our community. Inspired by successful models in cities around the world, the organization was founded in 2011 by AIA Seattle in direct response to feedback from our members about the importance of an elevated discussion of design in the public realm.
The new Design in Public website highlights its work throughout the year, including this year's festival, scheduled for September 20-23, 2012.  You will still be able to access the Festival's offerings directly at

The annual Seattle Design Festival is the region's largest interdisciplinary design event. This year's theme, "Engage Your World," explores ways that design can improve and increase our interactions with the urban environment. The four-day event features activities, exhibits, films, tours, speakers, and a pop-up "Design Block," the hub of this year's festival, in South Lake Union.

Design in Public plans to expand its public programming beyond the annual Design Festival to a set of comprehensive, year-round offerings that enable creative thinking and relevant, design-based solutions to community challenges.

As Steven McKay, Principal, DLR Group said at a recent fundraiser for Design in Public, "Great design can be inspiring, beautiful, innovative, efficient and functional, but the measure of truly great design... is [whether it] engages and elevates the human experience." Design in Public has the power to be a "catalyst" for a movement in our city and region that changes its course.  

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