What does it mean to design for equity? For 14 days in September, Seattle’s annual Design Festival is offering an opportunity for design professionals and members of the public to consider this question in depth. Each day’s events are listed in the festival’s schedule-at-a-glance.
The festival opens with a 2-day block party at Occidental Park (Sept. 12-13, 10am – 6pm), featuring design installations, performances, and activities for “people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.”
On PARK(ing) Day ( Friday, Sept. 18) on-street parking spaces all over Seattle will morph into pop-up “mini-parks.” The Design Festival will announce awards in several categories on social media.
An all-day conference will offer “a deeper dive into design for equity” at Seattle’s Central Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 19th. From 9:30am to 6pm, participants can engage with workshops, panels, films, lectures, and installations addressing issues such as “equitable urban planning, designers’ role in youth incarceration, and gender justice in design practice.”
From 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, the public is invited to join design professionals at the Equity Drafting Table to explore strategies that help everyone thrive. This free, interactive event is presented by the International Living Future Institute (and partners Sustainable Seattle, Feet First, Seattle Architecture Foundation, and King County) at the Bullitt Center from 6 to 8 pm. Space is limited, so registration is recommended.
Communities Count has an abiding commitment to equity, and is proud to have assisted in King County’s participation in this year’s design festival.