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SDF2015: Block Party

The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Community members, city officials, citizen-experts, and designers all come together at workshops, performances, tours, exhibitions, talks, films, gatherings and more to exchange ideas.

This year, the Seattle Design Festival explores how design can contribute to a more equitable society. From buildings that everyone can move through, to apps that enable participation by people in every location and language, to cities where we can all afford to live – design is the vehicle of innovation. Design for Equity challenges us to question our biases and assumptions and work toward ensuring that everyone in our society – from every background, ability, race, age, gender, location or economic status – can access the same opportunities and outcomes, both now and in the future.

The Seattle Design Festival Block Party takes place at Occidental Park on September 12 & 13, 2015.

Saturday, September 12:

Rumble Installations:

  • Alleycat Acres x Pike Place Farmer’s Market x Howard S. Wright Rumble Installation

      Alleycat Acres • Pike Place Farmer’s Market • Howard S. Wright
  • Marketshare x Mallet Inc Rumble Installation
      Marketshare • Mallet Inc
  • Taskar x Hoffman Construction Rumble Installation
      Taskar Center for Accessible Technology • Hoffman Construction
  • Feet First x Waterfront Seattle Rumble Installation
      Feet First • Waterfront Seattle
  • Skate Like A Girl x Lease Crutcher Lewis Rumble Installation
      Skate Like A Girl • Lease Crutcher Lewis

Block Party Exhibits:

  • Aricature
      Gelotte Hommas Architecture
  • CityBrix
      VIA Architecture
  • Equitous Bike and Pedestrian Ramble
      AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum
  • Get Gardening!
      Architectures Without Borders
  • Housing Equity
      Schemata Workshop
  • Imagine Africatown – #HackingGentrification
      Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association
  • International Living Future Institute
      International Living Future Institute
  • People’s Choice Urban Design Awards
      City of Seattle, Design Review Program
  • Traveling Tinker Tank
      IXDA Seattle
  • Walking with Trace
      Feet First • Daniela Rosner
  • What I bring to Seattle
      Parita Kapadia

Block Party Installations:

  • An Equitable Bench
  • Beyond Another Brick in the Wall
      Ashley Branca
  • Design for Good: Food Equity Farmer’s Market
      AIGA Seattle
  • Equity Means Connection
      Dinah Dimalanta
  • I <3 this place
  • If the city is for everyone, we need more opportunities to rest
  • Lend Your Voice
      Weber Thompson
  • Parklet: Hole Pavilion
      Robert Hutchison Architecture
  • Refract/Reflect
      Seattle Design Nerds
  • Smaller/Smarter: A study of Housing Equity for Seattle
      Clay Anderson
  • Threshold of Equity
      Saucy Studio
  • Transient Youth
      Miller Hiyashi Architects • Youth Care


  • Play for All
      Integrus Architecture


  • Designing Social Dance – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
      Leah Vendl
  • MOVE – Sunday, TBA
      Nancy Chan • Yasaman Esmaili