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New Technologies & Making in Seattle's Landscape Architecture

As the second in a series of three exhibits curated over as many years, this exhibits builds on the legacy of Gas Works Park in and near Seattle. As designers, scientists, aestheticians, historians, and advocates we develop alternative languages of landscape and place through our words and images. This collection offers glimpses of the ways in which Seattle’s community of landscape architects have pushed the boundaries of practice to experiment in new technologies in landscape architecture as they address the multiple layers of public space. It features the various roles that landscape architects play in working with public spaces, particularly those that are suspect such as toxic post industrial sites.

The exhibit can be viewed at AIA Seattle, 1911 First Avenue, Seattle, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. "Experimenting in Public Space: New Technologies and Making in Seattle's Landscape Architecture", hosted by AIA SEATTLE is curated by Thaisa Way, faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Tera Hatfield, MLA candidate, and Mackenzie Waller, M’ARCH candidate of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

See the UW Today article: New exhibit celebrates parks, public spaces reclaimed from unusual uses

Posted Saturday 19 May 2012 at 11:59 pm |
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Brown Bag Discussion with Flora Yeh


Music and poetry exist in time,

Painting and architecture in space,

But dance lives at once in time and space.



In the presentation of “Dance Form and Landscape Architecture”, Flora Yeh will show works of the artists that inspire her, take you to discover design possibility through dance and music, and discuss her thinking in some of her projects.

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Posted Saturday 12 May 2012 at 11:38 am |

Brown Bag Lunch with Margaret Harrison

Principal Landscape Architect of the Beacon Hill Food Forest

Please join us for a Brown Bag Lunch with Margaret Harrison, the landscape architect working on the Beacon Hill Food Forest.  The project includes an Edible Arboretum with fruits gathered from regions around the world, a Berry Patch for canning, gleaning and the joy of eating right off the bush, a Nut Grove with tress that provide both shade and sustenance, a Community Garden using the p-patch model where families can grow their own food, and a Kids Area.

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Posted Saturday 21 April 2012 at 10:06 am |

Blaine Merker (Rebar)

Full-Scale: Prototyping the Adaptive Metropolis

Join us for a brown bag presentation by Blaine Merker of REBAR, a San Francisco-based art and design group that created the Park(ing) Day. 

Posted Thursday 19 April 2012 at 12:31 pm |
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Mia Lehrer

Calibrating Infrastructure through Landscape Architecture

Why is reinventing infrastructure important? Re-imagining a new green infrastructure in the context of water, air, food and community, Lehrer will discuss the transformation of urban infrastructure and its reintegration into the community fabric shifting emphasis from single-purpose land use to multi-use, multi-benefit land planning.

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Posted Sunday 01 April 2012 at 11:33 pm |


Spring 2012 Pecha Kucha | Labratory and Lens

"Platform" is a quarterly pecha kucha series investigating work on rich and varying themes in the design professions in order to create dialogue and transdisciplinary networking opportunities between students, faculty and professionals of the College of Built Environments.  

Platform 2012

The Platform series Pecha Kucha Night, consists of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds on a timer. Thus, each presenter has just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next takes the stage. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced.  

This years theme will be Laboratory and Lens - focusing on the myriad projects taking place in the CBE labs and travel experiences of study abroad as  told from the student perspective.

Posted Tuesday 27 March 2012 at 12:24 pm |

The Power of Place: Vision, Design and Patronage

A lecture with Professor Emeritus David Streatfield

Join us for a saturday afternoon lecture with Professor Emeritus David Streatfield honoring the UW Class of 1959 gift to cherish and preserve in perpetuity the University's "Arts Quadrangle"

This lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP if you plan to attend

Sponsored by UW Department of Landscape Architecture and Professional Advisory Council

Posted Thursday 15 March 2012 at 10:32 pm |


Groundwork: Tom Leader, Berkeley CA

Leader Lecture

Tom Leader is Founder and Principal of Tom Leader Studio, a nationwide landscape architectural practice that strives to be an active, experimental atelier seeking a liaison between emerging ideas and the concrete need for their realization in physical space. With interest and experience in large-scale work, Leader nevertheless seeks what is personal and original while in pursuit of the pragmatic and has been acknowledged with several ASLA Honor Awards and as a finalist for Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Landscape Architecture.  Proffesional development hours offered for this lecture.  Please contact the UW LA dept. for details.

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Posted Monday 30 January 2012 at 9:45 pm |