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September 2016

Growing A City – Density, Displacement and Policy in an Urbanizing Seattle w/ UDF

September 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Seattle is growing. Denser, more efficient urban environment replaces existing structure. Businesses come and go. Infrastructure expands. Neighborhoods are redesigned around pedestrians and cyclists. Rents increase. Displacement occurs. But does urban growth lead to inequitable neighborhoods? How do we, as a city, design neighborhoods that serve the greatest share of the population? How do we encourage thriving businesses that serve their community? We will host a panel discussion revolving around the drivers of change on a neighborhood scale and on…

October 2016

Join AIA Seattle’s dedicated volunteers and learn about ways to connect with members and shape our chapter. Volunteers are a critical part of our organization and you can make your voice heard!

Connect – Pathways to Volunteer Engagement

October 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join AIA Seattle’s dedicated volunteers and learn about ways to connect with members and shape our chapter. Volunteers are a critical part of our organization and you can make your voice heard! Read more

Join Urban Design Forum for their October event about Sound Transit 3!

Sound Transit 3: Where, When, Why? w/ UDF

Free
October 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Come hear about the Sound Transit 3 regional transit expansion package that will be on the ballot this November.  Where, when and why will this proposal build and expand transit?  What are the impacts of the proposal on Seattle and the surrounding areas from a development and urbanization perspective?  How can expanded light rail and other mass transit make living in our city and our region more affordable? Speaking for Transportation Choices will be Seattle City Council Member and Urban Planner Rob…

November 2016

Join us at the AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum and give us your input on topics you want to discuss in 2017.

2017 Planning Session w/ Urban Design Forum

November 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us at the AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum and give us your input on topics you want to discuss in 2017. Read more

January 2017

Urban Families w/ UDF

January 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Urban Design Forum for a panel discussion with members of the Seattle Planning Commission on accommodating families in our urban areas as Seattle grows. Read more

February 2017

The Grand Bargain w/ UDF

February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

What is the Grand Bargain, and how will it improve Seattle’s supply of affordable housing?  This month’s Urban Design Forum looks at the status of the HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) recommendations, the history and goals of the Grand Bargain, and current efforts underway by the City of Seattle to implement key measures in the HALA report, including upzones and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). Come join us! Speakers: Rick Mohler, AIA, Principal at Mohler + GhillinoArchitects, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator at UW Dept. of Arch. Marty…

March 2017

Homelessness w/ UDF

March 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Urban Design Forum for a panel discussion on homelessness in our city! Read more

April 2017

Seattle in the Movies w/ UDF

April 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A discussion with film critic Robert Horton about Seattle’s portrayal on film in the past, the city’s current cinematic image and what the future could bring.  How does the city’s urban form relate to it’s cinematic ethos? Speaker: Robert Horton, Film Critic, Writer, Teacher

May 2017

Urban Main Streets w/ Urban Design Forum

May 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The AIA Urban Design Forum will host a panel discussion about Seattle’s revitalizing “main streets” from the eyes of small business. We will be talking with several business owners and policy advocates about the growth of the vibrant Pike/Pine Corridor over the years and what the future holds for the area. What’s working and what isn’t from the eyes of those that create the district? Join the discussion! Panelists: Sierra Hansen, Executive Director at Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Jon…

June 2017

Digital Urbanism w/ UDF

June 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

We have an increasing cultural obsession with what the future holds. From environmental movements focused on mitigating climate change, to the lust for the next digital gadget that will revolutionize our everyday world, to the prevalence of dystopian-themes in the entertainment industry.  In an increasingly urbanized world, we now live closer together than ever, yet over the past 75 years we have created urban infrastructure centered around the automobile that often disregards the societal boon of social connection. Digital technology…

July 2017

A City To Love: Visions of a Public Realm w/ Urban Design Forum

July 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Seattle is comprised of 14,000 acres of rights-of-way, over 25% of our urban environment. How can we better leverage the potential of these spaces to make our city more livable as it rapidly grows denser? As Runstad Fellows, a group of built environment thought leaders, faculty from the UW College of Built Environment and students pursuing Master of Science in Real Estate traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to study how they more fully utilize their rights-of-way and the design, policy and governance strategies they’ve employed to do so. Join us for a presentation of their findings and what they might mean for Seattle. Read more

August 2017

Urbanist & AIA Urban Design Forum Walking Tour – Central Area Restructuring

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join The Urbanist and AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum for a visit to the changing structural landscape of Seattle’s historically African-American community, the Central Area. Read more

September 2017

Resilient Power: Adapting To Risk In A Changing Seattle

September 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

As a member of the global 100 Resilient Cities grant funded by the Rockefeller Center, Seattle is committed to becoming more resilient to the social, economic and physical challenges of our century. Individuals, business, communities & systems within a city designed with the capacity to survive, adapt and grow regardless of chronic stresses and acute shocks will empower regions to flourish. Read more

October 2017

Come have a beer and geek out on urban issues worth discussing in 2018.

UPDATED: Urban Design Forum 2018 Brainstorm

October 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

How are the region and the city urbanizing? How should they be? Who is moving into the city? Who is being displaced? Can gentrification be inclusive and equitable? How is technology transforming mobility? How is city housing policy manipulating the private market? When will Seattle build out a decent bike network? Read more

January 2018

Equity with Urban Design Forum

January 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum is hosting an event on the issue of equity and how it relates to Seattle’s growth. We plan to have a moderated panel to discuss the city’s experience with inequity over the past decade and to share and react to ideas for how to grow our city more equitably over the next decade. Read more

February 2018

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum.

Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Discourse

February 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum at Old Stove Brewing for Happy Hour, Discourse, and Brainstorming.  Read more

March 2018

Urban Design Plan: Downtown w/ Urban Design Forum

March 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for Urban Design Forum’s presentation on the Urban Design Plan: Downtown. Read more

April 2018

It’s time again for COTE’s annual Earth Day Sustainability Slam!   

COTE’s Earth Day Sustainability Slam + UDF Happy Hour

April 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

It’s time again for COTE’s annual Earth Day Sustainability Slam!  Each year we put out a call for submissions on interesting case studies, ideas, and presentations about sustainable design.   We then assemble a series of rapid-fire presentations from all of YOU to share with the design community.  We want to provide a platform for individuals and firms to share what they are doing and to create a fun social mixer.  The format is meant to quickly share innovative ideas and encourage conversation.  Read more

May 2018

Join Urban Design Forum for an engaging discussion about plans for the city and regional bike network and how bikeshare factors into these plans!

Bike Clutter with UDF

May 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Urban Design Forum for an engaging discussion about plans for the city and regional bike network and how bikeshare factors into these plans. Read more

June 2018

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum.

Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Discourse

June 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum. Read more

July 2018

The City of Seattle is considering developing a program to offer pre-approved plans for DADUs. While no firm proposal exists, architects are being asked to weigh in with their thoughts and suggestions.

SDCI Forum: Feedback Needed on Pre-Approved DADU Plans

July 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The City of Seattle has expressed interest in developing sets of pre-approved plans for Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) to make them less expensive and quicker to build. Recently, Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a press release touting the idea. At this Forum, Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development and its Department of Construction & Inspections will present the City’s current work on ADUs/DADUs and seek input from attendees on how such a program might work and what concerns architects…

Come join Seattle Parks and Urban Design Forum on a sunny walk through Belltown and Denny Triangle to explore the past, present and future of this rapidly-developing area’s urban parks.

Downtown Parks Tour with Urban Design Forum

July 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Come join Seattle Parks and Urban Design Forum on a sunny walk through Belltown and Denny Triangle to explore the past, present and future of this rapidly-developing area’s urban parks. Read more

August 2018

Urban Design Forum Happy Hour Brainstorm

August 22, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Urban Design Forum for a summer Brainstorm! Anyone with thoughts regarding topics, speakers or a particular curiosity regarding urban design in our region is welcome to join us for libation, discourse and the shaping of upcoming forums. Read more

September 2018

Autonomous Seattle: The Robot Car in the Emerald City

September 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The initial rollout of autonomous vehicles (AV) is predicted to begin around 2025, gaining public acceptance by 2030 & largely replacing non-autonomous vehicles by 2040-2045.Many tout the AV as a silver bullet, allowing drastic reductions in car ownership and parking, electric vehicle fleets, “working commutes,” and so on. But an AV is more accurately described as a “disruptor” rather than a “silver bullet,” potentially increasing both sprawl and traffic, and eviscerating mass transit use.We must shape our cities, regions, and policies to guide the use of AVs in a sustainable manner to minimize—among other things—the developmental sprawl they could enable. What are policymakers doing to prepare for and shape the impacts of AVs in our region? Read more

October 2018

Transforming Seattle’s first-ring suburbs for an urban future

UDF: Urbanizing the Suburbs

October 22, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Presented by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum As global population becomes ever more urban, America continues to dabble with city life. After a two decades of revitalizing the urban core and experiencing an urban lifestyle, many people are being priced out of the center city, carrying with them the desire to continue traits of this urban lifestyle such as mixed-use neighborhoods, transit access, reduced car dependence, convenience, walkability, bikability, rich culture, creative food and nightlife. Seeking to meet demand, many…

January 2019

Seattle has successfully used an “Urban Village” strategy to focus growth into distinct, densifying nodes that are distributed throughout the city and act as neighborhood business districts and activity nexuses, serving wide swathes of adjacent lower density single family neighborhoods. We will explore a series of these Town Center developments and discuss their successes and failures and dig into the similarities and differences between these growing nodes in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound Region.

UDF: Town Centers and Urban Villages

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Presented by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum An urban village can be described as a more diverse part of an urban area comprising of denser residential and mixed-use zoning, with a higher priority given to transit and pedestrianization. A town center is characterized as being the commercial or retail core of a neighborhood or town. These terms can be quite analogous. However, sometimes an urban village is seen as more organic in its development and phasing, whilst a town center…

April 2019

Join Urban Design Forum for its bimonthly happy hour and committee meeting at Old Stove Brewing in Pike Place Market.

CANCELED: Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Committee Meeting

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum. Read more

Cast aside your political comfort zones and join the conversation regarding increased access to the single family areas of Seattle.

RESCHEDULED: UDF: Neighborhoods for All: Revisiting Single Family Zoning + HH w/ The Urbanist

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Cast aside your political comfort zones and join the conversation regarding increased access to the single family areas of Seattle. Read more

May 2019

Housing Transformations: Density Done Right

May 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Design professionals in the urban built environment often advocate for “good density.” But what exactly does that look like, and how specifically can the planning, design, and construction of housing options support vibrant communities? How can the integration of new housing center equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods? Join us for a full day program exploring housing transformations that advance density done right. For registration to the concluding keynote and happy hour ONLY, visit the keynote event page.…

NEW DATE & LOCATION: Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Committee Meeting

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 5:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 30, 2019

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum. Read more

July 2019

UDF: Suburban Renaissance Tour / Kenmore & Bothell, WA

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Urban Design Forum presents a tour of Kenmore and Bothell, two Seattle suburbs working to build a more sustainable, urbanized future. Read more

NEW DATE & LOCATION: Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Committee Meeting

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 5:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 30, 2019

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum. Read more

August 2019

UDF: Curating the Street Level Experience – Graham Baba Architects in Pike/Pine

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us as Jim Graham, principle of Graham Baba Architects, shares his vision for breathing life into urban streetscapes as elicited by the firm’s thoughtful work in one of the city’s most dynamic and culturally-exciting neighborhoods. Read more

September 2019

UDF: New Urbanism, History and Urbanism – Single Family in Seattle

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum for a discussion on land-use constraints in the city’s single-family neighborhoods. Read more

NEW DATE & LOCATION: Urban Design Forum Happy Hour + Committee Meeting

September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 months that begins at 5:30pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 30, 2019

Come have a beer, geek out on current urban issues in our region and get involved with the Urban Design Forum. Read more

October 2019

UDF: Waterfront Seattle – A Post-Viaduct, Public Space Megaproject Tour

October 2 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Urban Design Forum welcomes Waterfront Seattle for a walking tour of its vision for a new Alaskan Way, after the viaduct is gone. Read more

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