Design in Public and AIA Seattle present the fifth annual Seattle Design Festival September 12-25, 2015. Every year, this citywide celebration brings together community members, city officials, experts, designers, and local organizations to explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. The Festival – the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest – is presented in collaboration with dozens of partner organizations and includes nearly 100 programs, such as workshops, performances, tours, exhibitions, talks, installations, films, and gatherings.

The 2015 Seattle Design Festival (SDF2015) explores how design can contribute to a more equitable society. The theme Design for Equity gives us pause and inspires reflection. What is equity? What is equitable design? How do we know that a design is equitable? Is it a process or product, or both? It stretches across sectors – social justice, urban planning, ecology, and finance to name a few – and brings up ideas of dialogue, form, transparency, access, inclusion, and investment. Design for Equity inspires 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.

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Important Dates

Friday, September 18 – 10am – 7pm: PARK(ing) Day all over Seattle >> part of a worldwide happening when metered parking spots will transform into “parklets” for a day

Saturday, September 19 – 9:30am – 6pm: Design for Equity Conference at Seattle Public Library Central Branch >> a day full of talks, workshops, and programs presented by our partner organizations, experts, and community groups

Thursday, September 24 – 6 – 8:30pm: Pecha Kucha Night Seattle: Design for Equity at Seattle Public Library Central Branch >> a diverse array of fast-paced presentations by fifteen local designers, leaders, and agents of transformation

Friday, September 25 – 6 – 10pm: SDF2015 Closing Party >> a not-to-be-missed opportunity to gather and celebrate in support of Design in Public, featuring live DJ, performances, food, cash bar, dancing, raffle, design, and more.

September 12 – 25: Partner Programs will take place daily throughout SDF2015