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2014 Design in Depth Lecture Series

Urban Character: Seattle Neighborhoods Then + Now

Join us for engaging dialogue on how our communities grow and thrive thanks to creative ideas that re-invent a neighborhood's character while maintaining true to its history through adaptive re-use and other development strategies. Events are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.



























Architectural Lectures
Fall Architectural Model Exhibit

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January 14, Georgetown Ballroom
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Beginning at 5:30pm there is a reception for attendees at the Georgetown Ballroom. Admission to the reception is free/included with purchase of a ticket for the event.

When one thinks of Georgetown, images of Boeing Field, service roads and industries come to mind, but a small and resourceful pocket of residents, merchants and artists have developed and solidified its creative culture. In recent times, edgy Georgetown has sparked interest among developers on the lookout for potential properties, prompting both promise and fear for the future and preservation of this neighborhood.

Guest Speakers:
John Bennett, John Bennett Properties
Jerry Chinn, Owner of Georgetown Ballroom
Shannon Anderson, local artist/merchant
Fran Bigelow, Fran's Chocolates
Manny Chao, Georgetown Brewery

Gold Sponsor: Benaroya Company

Pioneer Square
February 11, The HUB Seattle
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Seattle's Pioneer Square has a history of ups and downs. After years of talking about the "renaissance of Pioneer Square", new housing, retail, restaurants and a slew of businesses are moving in. What does the future of Pioneer Square look like, and how do we maintain the City's first neighborhood's architectural history while creating a "new" place that will thrive and once again be a shining star for Seattle?

Guest Speakers:
Matt Dillon, Chef/Restaurant Owner (Bar Sajor, London Plane, Sitka & Spruce and more)
Karen True, Alliance for Pioneer Square
Mark Hinshaw, LMN
Greg Smith, Urban Visions
Liz Stenning, International Sustainability Institute

Platinum Sponsor: Integrus


Pike Place Market
March 11, Pike Place Market Atrium Loft
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Pike Place Market is a Seattle icon. How do we preserve the market and yet enable it to grow? Are we saving the right things? What do we want the market to be like in 50 years' time? How does it anchor the neighborhood now, and how will the new connection to the waterfront change the character of the market, or enhance it? This evening will be an exploration of opinions, the balance between development and preservation, and the directions future growth of the market might take.

Guest Speakers:
John Turnbull, Director of Asset Management and Development, Pike Place Market PDA
Ben Franz-Knight, Executive Director of Pike Place Market PDA
Brian Court, Principal, The Miller Hull Partnership
Ingrid Krueger, Architect, SRG Partnership

Platinum Sponsor: Swenson Say Faget
Gold Sponsors: Berger Partnership & MacDonald-Miller

Capitol Hill
April 8, Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave
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Capitol Hill prides itself on proximity to downtown while boasting a mix of uses almost absent from the neighboring business district. New mixed-use projects compete with the architectural soul of the neighborhood, rooted in structures of the old 'autorow' and historic housing stock. Can this welcome density and diversity be integrated into the neighborhood without losing its architectural character?

Guest Speakers:
Michael Oaksmith, Director of Development at Hunters Capital
Chuck Wolfe, Land Use Attorney, Writer, Blogger, Professor
Jeff Reibman, Principal, Weber Thompson
Michael Sullivan, Principal, Artifacts, Inc
Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services at Historic Seattle

Gold Sponsor: Krekow Jennings

Parking: There is $5 Flat Rate parking at 1609 Harvard Ave west of the Broadway Performance Hall.

South Lake Union
May 13, 415 Westlake

Hear about the past, present and future of this evolving neighborhood. Find out if this neighborhood transformation is turning out as planned, and how developers, residents and community partners envision the next phase will alter the future of this emerging community.

Guest Speakers:
Sharon Coleman, Director, Real Estate Development, Vulcan Inc.
Jim Goodspeed, Principal, Goodspeed Architecture & South Lake Union Resident
Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of MoHAI
Lyle Bicknell, Seattle Department of Planning & Development

Gold Sponsors: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, GLY
& Prime Electric


June 10, Hilliard's Brewery

Beer has always flowed in Seattle, but in recent times, this drink has enjoyed a surge in popularity, with the Ballard neighborhood as the latest epicenter of new microbreweries. How has this micro-industry re-appropriated the neighborhood and shaped its community culture. What challenges and design issues arose during the rehabilitation of Ballard's old buildings into breweries?

Guest Speakers:
Adam Robbings, Co-Founder & Head Brewer, Reuben's Brews
Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog
Renee Martin, Vice President, Ballard Historical Society
Mike Calkin, Mint Seattle Design, A Seattle-based brand agency
David Goldberg, Senior Planner, City of Seattle DPD