Discussion on the Future of Public Space

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For years I’ve been interested in how cities organize public space. In 2006 I wrote about privately owned public open space, wherein Seattle developers are allowed to build larger or taller if they provide some space for public use.

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Who is the “public” in public space? How can public spaces become more sustainable? Should public spaces accommodate protest? The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will host a panel discussion on the future of public space, 6:30 to 8 p.m., this Thursday, March 15, in the Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavilion.

Panelists are Margaret O’Mara, historian with the Department of History, University of Washington; Julie Parrett, landscape architect; and Michael Seiwerath, executive director of Capitol Hill Housing Foundation and a Seattle Arts Commissioner. Marcie Sillman of KUOW 94.9 FM will moderate the panel.

They will discuss the recent article “The Future of Public Space: Evolution and Revolution“, featured on the American Society of Landscape Architects’ blog The Dirt, and an international design ideas competition about public space launched by Seattle Center and AIA Seattle

Their discussion is part of SAM’s Art and Environment series. The event is presented in collaboration with AIA (American Institute of Architects) Seattle, Seattle Center, and the University of Washington College of Built Environments, and is sponsored by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The event is free but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.

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