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Competition Finalists Present their Visions
for the Next Fifty Live at Seattle Center
Three International teams imagine the future of public space

logo What might happen at Seattle Center when Memorial Stadium goes away?  Are there imaginative and unique uses for a large urban park?  What is the Jelly Bean and why is it floating next to the Space Needle?

Join us Friday, May 11, for presentations by the finalists of Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space, a competition that seeks to explore the future of Seattle Center and public space.

May 11, 2012
Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle
6:30pm, no-host reception
7:00pm, finalist presentations

Tickets: Free advance tickets for this event are available via Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office at Seattle Center (open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm). Tickets will also be available at the door of the Playhouse on the day of show, while supplies last.


Selected by a jury of internationally recognized design and local civic leaders from over one hundred design ideas submitted from around the world, the three finalists visited Seattle in April for several packed days of learning to further develop their ideas. On May 11, the three teams will make their final presentations to the public at Seattle Center's Intiman Playhouse. 


Experimenting in Public Space: New Technologies & Making in Seattle's Landscape Architecture
May 10, 5:30-7:30pm @ AIA Seattle, 1911 1st Ave, Seattle
Curated by Thaisa Way, a member of the competition advisory committee and professor at UW College of Built Environments, "Experimenting in Public Space: New Technologies & Making in Seattle's Landscape Architecture" opens in AIA Seattle's Design Gallery. Reception on May 10, runs through June 24. More info online.
Urban Intervention Exhibit
May 11-June 30 @ Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St, Seattle
May 11 also signals the opening of an exhibit of the finalist and commendation award winners and other inspiring entries.  The exhibit will run May 11-June 30 in the lobby of the Intiman Playhouse. Including work by: Nicolas Laisne architect (France), Julien Combes Architecture (France), SABArchitects (Seattle), Influx_Studio (France), ELLUMUS (Bellevue), One Design (China), AMa (Mexico), Romses Architects (Canada), BOOM (Washington), SHKS (Seattle), CHCO (Spain), zeroplus (Seattle), Osa architettura e paesaggio (Italy), ZOOM (Seattle), Berger + Cast + Rushing (Seattle), Abraham Mays Architects (Brooklyn), ANON + Hutchison & Maul (Seattle), dlandstudio (Brooklyn), Olson Kundig (Seattle), WXY Architecture + urban design (New York), Mithun (Seattle), Team Nexus (Seattle), LeAP+Dream Controls (Mexico), Rollerhaus+Sticklab (Seattle)

  • ABF (France) for their design, In-Closure.  The design envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.
  • KoningEizenberg Architecture + ARUP (United States) for their design, Park. The design organizes the disparate elements of the Seattle Center site and program into a sustainable and coherent landscape. It offers a mastery of the immediate and physical and programmatic challenges facing Seattle Center.
  • thumbnailPRAUD (United States) for their design, Seattle Jelly Bean. The design is highly imaginative, and suggests a new kind of icon for the 21st century, an atmospheric and interactive cloud that is tethered both literally and figuratively to the site below.

The six-member jury included August de los Reyes, designer, writer, and educator (Palo Alto, CA); Gene Duvernoy, president of Forterra, formerly Cascade Land Conservancy (Seattle, WA); Tom Leader, principal of award winning landscape architecture firm Tom Leader Studio (Berkeley, CA); Mia Lehrer, founder of landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer+Associates (Los Angeles, CA); Rick Lowe, celebrated public artist (Houston, TX); and Patricia Patkau, founding partner in the firm of Patkau Architects (Vancouver, B.C., Canada).

About The Design Competition
In the spirit of the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle Center and AIA Seattle invited multidisciplinary design teams to compete in an international design ideas competition to re-envision a nine-acre site in the heart of Seattle Center and use it to explore innovation in public space in the coming century. Design ideas are meant to harness Seattle's history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces and connect interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future. The competition is sponsored by AIA Seattle, Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation/ The Next Fifty, and funded by the Grousemont Foundation. It honors long-term civic leader Howard S. Wright, who took a simple sketch on a napkin and created a landmark building known around the world, the icon of Seattle, the Space Needle.

About the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.

About Next Fifty and Seattle Center
Urban Intervention is part of The Next Fifty, celebrating of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, also known as the Century 21 Exposition. The celebration offers six months of activities, exhibits and events, April 21 - October 21 at Seattle Center that will once again place the Pacific Northwest in the global spotlight.