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Waterfront Week

March 5-9

From March 5-9 we celebrated all things waterfront! These events revealed the newest design progress, shared an insider's look at how to build a seawall and got us all talking about opportunities for art, design and play on the waterfront and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Waterfront Week and all the fun!

Read on to learn about what happened at our events and join our email list and we'll send all the news right to your inbox.


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3/5 Waterfront 2020
3/7 Art, Design & Play: Liane Lefaivre
3/8 Art, Design & Play: Ideas from Around the World
3/9 Field Day

Waterfront 2020

Wednesday, March 5
5:30-8:30 PM
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion

Waterfront 2020 presentation

Want to see the presentation again or didn’t get a chance to attend? Click here to view James Corner’s presentation from Waterfront 2020. Video of the presentation will be available soon – check back here for a video link.

Check out photos from the event!

Thank you to our food trucks!

Thanks again to our great food trucks: Street Hawk, Poke to the Max and My Sweet lil Cakes served up delicious food for all.

Art, Design & Play

Hosted by the Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture!

Keynote address: Liane Lefaivre
Friday, March 7
6-8 PM
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium   [click for directions]

Vienna-based architectural historian Liane Lefaivre discussed play as a design tool for architects, city planners, and public artists. Lefaivre is Professor and Chair of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has been a visiting Fellow at MIT and the National University of Singapore, and is an award-winning author of many books, including the forthcoming Ground-Up City: Play as a Design Tool.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle reception

Thank you to Friends of Waterfront Seattle, the non-profit champion of a “Waterfront For All,” for hosting a wonderful reception following the keynote address and thanks to all who stuck around and continued the conversation!

Check out photos from the event!

Ideas From Around The World

Saturday, March 8
Panel discussion
10 AM-4 PM
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room   [click for directions]

Visionary designers, artists, and historians from across the globe presented and discussed the past, present, and future of play in art and design. Panelists included:

  • Tatiana Choulika of Waterfront Seattle designers james corner field operations, who will speak on the approach to landscape and play in jcfo designs for New York, Chicago, and Santa Monica.
  • Gabriela Burkhalter, Swiss playground historian and curator, who will give a talk titled “The Play Sculpture as Public Space.”
  • Alan Maskin of Olson Kundig Architects, who will present his work on play environments, including work done in collaboration with the artist Do-Ho Suh.
  • Artists Trimpin and Judith Caldwell, discussing their projects including the upcoming Artists at Play project at Seattle Center.
  • Curator Nigel Prince of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, discussing art’s links with childhood education and child audiences through the work of artists Aurélien Froment and Gareth Moore.
  • Michael Gotkin, New York City-based landscape architect and historian, discussing redefining the landscape of play in New York City playgrounds, 1965-1975.

Thank you and photos!

Thanks again to our food trucks: Chick'n Fix and Jemil's Big Easy.

Check out photos from the event!

Field Day

Sunday, March 9
We started at Hillclimb Plaza across the street from the Seattle Aquarium   [click for directions]
10 AM-4 PM

Thank you to all who joined us in the beautiful Seattle weather to take part in our day of kid and family-friendly activities along the waterfront!

Waterfront Week Raffle

Winners from our Waterfront Week raffle will be drawn on Wednesday, March 12. Thank you to the wonderful waterfront businesses that participated, including:

Thank you to our food carts and band!

Thanks again to our delicious food carts: Cheap Dogs and Seattle Wood Fired Pizza and the fantastic vintage Brazilian jazz ensemble ChoroLoco for provided the afternoon’s soundtrack!

Waterfront time capsule

We collected some amazing memories including photos, stories and small mementos for our waterfront time capsule. The time capsules will be on display somewhere around the city, stay tuned to find out where you’ll see them.

Adopt-a-gribble and learn about habitat

Did you swear the oath and give a much-needed home to Russel Wallson or Albus Gribbledore? We're building a new seawall in large part because gribbles have eaten away the one we have today. We talked to people about gribbles, what's happening with habitat along the waterfront, and provided some warm and welcoming homes to gribbles in need.

Thank you to our Waterfront Week partners!

  • Friends of Waterfront Seattle
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Pike Place Public Market
  • Literacy Source
  • Antioch University
  • Greenwood Senior Center
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • Seattle housing Authority
  • Post Alley Project    
  • Seattle Works
  • Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Forterra
  • Senior Housing Assistance Group
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Space.City
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • Feet First
  • Town Hall Seattle
  • AIA Seattle
  • Seattle Architecture Foundation
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Central Area Senior Center
  • Easter Seals of Greater Washington
  • The Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Youth In Focus
  • Northwest ADA Center
  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Downtown Seattle Association
  • Office of Arts & Culture
  • Seattle Arts Commission
  • Emerald City Trolley
  • Highway 99 Blues Club
  • Copperworks Distilling Company
  • Let’s Go Sailing
  • Seattle Great Wheel
  • Miner’s Landing
  • Ivar’s
  • Argosy Cruises
  • Victoria Clipper


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