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UDF + COTE: Seattle 2100 – Sci-Fact Future – PNW

We have redeveloped this into a remote event in light of the COVID era.

A unique discussion to extrapolate from the facts and ideate around the dystopian, the utopian and perhaps, the apocalyptic. Will Seattle develop into an innovative tech-hub and climate-refuge ecotopia in an increasingly anthropogenically altered world? Or, will our future be a smoke-filled, pandemic-wary, overpopulated city, ill-equipped to face an out-of-control tomorrow.

Climatologists almost unanimously agree that we are in for fundamental changes in the long term, all skewed to the hot and extreme. In terms of pandemic mitigation, how should we rethink urbanism in light of public health, urban density and economic equity? Will COVID forever change the way we build our cities, or will pandemic fears be lost to our species’ notoriously short memory? Where do the challenges and opportunities of climate change and pandemic threats overlap or conflict?

This intriguing discussion will ideate over life in the Pacific Northwest of 2100, the potential long-term impacts of climate change and COVID and how we can prepare for our future; ideas ensuring a bright future, over one that catches us all off guard and woefully under-prepared.

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  • Steve Moddemeyer, Principal at CollinsWoerman for Planning, Resilience, & Sustainability


  • Cliff Mass, University of Washington Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Devin Liddell, Teague, Principal Futurist
  • Lyle Bicknell, Principal Urban Designer, City of Seattle, Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD)
  • Jeff Hou, University of Washington, Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • 1 more to be confirmed!

Event Program:

5:30 – 5:35pm Welcome & Meet-And-Greet
5:35 – 5:40pm Intro the Panel
5:40 – 6:00pm Climate-Future Overview
6:00 – 7:00pm Panel Discussion (1-hour)
7:00 – 7:30pm Q&A
7:30pm End Program / Departure

This program is co-presented by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum and Committee on the Environment. Contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership Engagement Manager, with any questions or concerns.


May 27, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Price




AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938