Standing on the beach at Smokiam Park, I dip my hand in the lake. The water is soft, slippery, almost squishy feeling. It’s full of sodium carbonate—washing soda. It’s a tiny lake, and on its southern beach is Soap Lake, a town experiencing a little renaissance.
Locals credit Washington State University’s Rural Communities Design Initiative for assisting their town of 1,500 in the eastern Washington scablands with improvement efforts. Soap Lake declined from fame and modest prosperity to a near ghost town but has recently rediscovered its pulse.
We know at least a few of the reasons why rural communities go into decline. In eastern Washington, technology has radically improved agricultural efficiency at the cost of manual labor jobs. Technology, in the form of trucks and automobiles, has also replaced the railroad that once connected the dots of towns in a web of mutual trade and support. When the on-farm jobs disappeared, the commercial support base in small communities did, too. Banks, cafes, repair shops closed, leaving town after town with decrepit central cores. Brain drain takes young people to urban areas in search … » More …
On November 7th, 2016, 24 third year architecture students, led by faculty members Taiji Miyasaka and Omar Al-Hassawi, held their studio mid-reviews at the offices of LMN Architects in Seattle. Their projects were reviewed by architects from the Seattle area.
The students were challenged to propose a contemporary design for a public library on a site located within the Cascade playground in South Lake Union. Their proposals were critiqued by professionals … » More …
Judged by an industry panel including architects, engineers, contractors, and owners, the second place team was one of four competing in Phase 1 from WSU and includes students from Construction Management (Marie Landsverk, Steven Bradshaw, and Sam Rykken), Interior Design (Christina Andresen), and Architecture (Connor Schneider).
As Regional Finalists, the team completed and submitted the Phase 2 deliverable based upon a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a facility on a liberal arts college campus in the southeastern United States. Short-listed by the national judging panel, the WSU team then presented their proposal before a live jury at the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A scholarship fund has been created in memory of Gary Mueller, the husband of Vicki Rova Mueller—both dedicated Cougar alumni and members of the Interior Design Advisory Board, past and present. Vicki is also a founding member of the SDC Central Board and has been an incredible supporter of the program and school.
Gary worked with many members of the design and construction industry in Seattle over the years in his position at HomeStreet Bank. The Gary Mueller Scholarship Fund will allow colleagues, friends, and family to honor his memory with the recipients of the scholarship focusing on Interior Design.
Gary suddenly and unexpectedly passed away … » More …
The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series is proud to welcome: Peg Staeheli, PLA, FASLA, WSU, BSLA for “Urban Landscape Retrofits and Stormwater Implications.”
We are at a place where our built urban landscape is not serving the needs of the population where this is city-urban or suburb-urban. The shift in our lifestyles and the realization that the environment doesn’t magically restore itself are coming together under new codes and advocacy to retrofit our public realm and private places to address multiple needs. Peg will discuss the projects, their challenges and how each success spurred new ideas.
Staeheli’s lecture will take place on Thursday, November 3, … » More …
Three interior design students, Kai Davies, Karli Iseman, and Coco Ferris, have been selected as finalists in the CarpetVista International Custom Rug design competition, Sweden. According to CarpetVista the response has been overwhelming with more than 19,000 designs entered from 90 countries.
Voting is open now. The winners of the competition will be announced on 11/11/2016.
The SDC Gallery and the SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series present Beth Harmon-Vaughan, Managing Director, Gensler Phoenix, “The Power of Place: Concept, Experience, and Placemaking in Interior Architecture.”
Beth Harmon-Vaughan, PhD, FIIDA, LEED AP, is a recognized leader in the field of design, and is sought after for her synthesis of practice, research, education and public service. Her collaborative approach to design leadership has been a key factor in the successful outcome of multiple complex, large-scale projects over the past three decades.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH Opening Reception 4:30PM, Carpenter Hall Gallery Lecture Presentation 5:00PM, Cleveland Hall 30E
The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series is proudly … » More …