Join Us For 15-Minute Seattle: Creating Livable Places for All

This series is a comprehensive look at how Seattle can become a 15-minute city where residents can work, shop, socialize, and recreate in one neighborhood – all within a short walk from their homes.

Want to learn more about the 15-minute city concept? Visit the 15-Minute City Resources Page!


Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City 

Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen’s 15-Minute Cities for People

Monday, June 7 | 10:30 – 11:30am PT | Opening Keynote

Housing Density in the 15-Minute City: Policy and Purpose

Tuesday, June 8 | 10:30am – 12:30pm PT | Panel Discussion

Join us June 7-8 for the series kick-off event, Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City, to examine the concept of complete neighborhoods as an urban design framework and explore how Seattle can support full-service neighborhoods by providing a mix of housing options for homeowners, renters, and people of different ages and walks of life. Registration includes continuing education credit (Full Program: 3 AIA LU HSW; Keynote-Only: 1 AIA LU HSW).

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Recipes for Walkability: A Forum on 15-Minute Cities by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Thursday, June 10 | 6:00 – 7:30pm PT

Everyone should have access to their daily needs within a short walk. Cities around the world used to be based on this principle, but then many, including Seattle, lost their way by remaking cities to be car dependent. Now, this idea is making a comeback. It has a huge potential to make Seattle a safer, healthier, more equitable, more sustainable, and more enjoyable place to live. This Seattle Neighborhood Greenways presentation features panelists Dhyana Quintanar Solares, Jeff Hou, Radhika Nair, Shannon Nichol, and moderator David Goldberg.

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When It Takes You Two Hours And Three Buses To Get To The Grocery Store

Monday, June 14 | Noon – 1:00pm PT

How can we create a transportation system that encourages people with the privilege to drive to choose to do it less? Start with those who can’t drive. A presentation by Disability Rights Washington, featuring Anna Zivarts, Director of the Disability Mobility Initiative at Disability Rights Washington.

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Designing for Dignity: Rethinking Our Role in Solving Seattle’s Homelessness & Housing Crisis

Thursday, June 17 | 4:00 – 5:30pm PT | Presentation and Group Discussion

Elizabeth Mahan, winner of the 2018-2019 IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Northern Pacific Chapter’s Spencer de Mille Traveling Fellowship, presents her research on the impact of design on homelessness abroad. Her work explores how design choices impact the housing retention rates of formerly homeless individuals and families and supports the restoration of their dignity.

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People Centered Design in Smaller Cities: Rediscovering the Small-Town Roots of the 15-minute City

Monday, June 21 | 4:00 – 5:30pm PT

How are urban design concepts from larger cities being used to generate better small city experiences? Join us for a look at how the 15-minute city can impact city design wherever you are. Featuring Rodney Rutherford and Cary Westerbeck.

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Equity Considerations in the 15-Minute City by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, June 23 | 5:30 – 7:00pm PT

Seattle’s current growth strategy has led to displaced individuals and communities and starkly unequal outcomes based on race and income level. Can our new growth strategy address these historical wrongs? How can we ensure that planning for Seattle’s future means planning for everyone?

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15-Minutes in Cascadia: A Conversation with Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver City Planners

Tuesday, June 29 | 4:00 – 5:30pm PT

The 15-Minute City concept originated in Europe but has quickly influenced neighborhood planning and city design across the word. Cascadia is no exception, with the region’s large (and small) cities exploring how to develop more complete neighborhoods that put people-centered design at the forefront of land use decisions.

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Contact Kirsten Smith, Manager of Policy and Advocacy at AIA Seattle

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