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Aug 20–26, 2022 | Seattle

architectural rendering of modern pavilion in a park over a picnic table

SDF Pavilion designed by @johnston_architects with support from @amazon, will serve as the info booth during the SDF Block Party.

The Seattle Design Festival is a multidisciplinary design event kicking off on August 20 with the SDF Block Party at Lake Union Park, followed by virtual and in-person events happening across the city during the week, and capped off with a closing party on August 26.

When thinking about design, there is something very tangible and physical in how things connect – but there is also something very emotional that connecting taps into as well. Our brains are wired to connect, we long for social connection. Seattle Design Festival, an arm of AIA Seattle, asks designers to show how design can affirm and strengthen critical connections within our community in a world that is increasingly experiencing disconnection.

architecture installation in the park, rendering, people gathered at waterfront park taking pictures of sculptural exhibit with colored triangles

Built installation designed by @lmnarchitects, Equipoise seeks to embrace two identities intrinsically tied to our regional culture: the celebrated pastimes of sailing and camping. On display throughout the Block Party August 20-21.

Centered around the theme "connection," exhibits include large-scale design installations created for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Rotating, hands-on pop-up activities and performances offering a variety of engagement through building, painting, dancing, playing, and more. The festival also features a series of programs celebrating Seattle's creative neighborhoods. Lunchtime programming is offered via virtual main stage.

Tune in or drop by to see how Seattle designers rose to the challenge.

architectural rendering of an installation of plywood cutouts in a park with people interacting

Social Tides, designed by @cushingterrell, acts as both a gathering space and a place to be alone yet connected. This built installation represents various means of finding connectivity and highlights each individual’s unique needs for human contact.

GRAY is proud to be a longtime a media partner of AIA Seattle, and the Seattle Design Festival.


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