Archive for September, 2014

Occidental All Day: a 24 hour photoshoot in the park happening today

September 19, 2014  |  Event, Fun, PI, Residents  |  2 comments


Reason #572 why I love this neighborhood:

Architect and special effects photographer Kevin Scott is currently set up in Occidental Square Park in the hopes of capturing portraits of everyone and anyone who comes through the park in a 24 hour period.

While I stood there, waiting to get my picture taken, interested commuters kept stopping by to find out more and to sign the disclosure to get their own portrait taken.

He has been there since 5:30 this morning, and will be around until 5:30 Saturday morning (or maybe more like 4:30am).

Stop by and check it out — the pictures will eventually be collated into a coffee table book, and posted online at: sometime in December.

Sponsors of the project include: Kevin Scott, Vanessa Naff, and Olson Kundig Architects





Seattle Design Festival coming to Pioneer Square this weekend

September 4, 2014  |  Event, Families, PI  |  No Comments

The Seattle Design Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates the ways design makes life better. Every September, Seattle’s citizens, city leaders and design experts come together at workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas.

You can find out more on their website here, but below are the events specifically happening in our neighborhood, starting this friday:

9/5 6–9 p.m.
Tether Inc. 316 Occidental Ave S, #400

A fun celebration to kick off the start of the 2014 Seattle Design Festival. Live music. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public at the door, $20 suggested donation. Food and libations included in cost of entry.


9/6–9/7  10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Block Party at Occidental Plaza 310 Occidental Ave S

The SDF Block Party will present design demonstrations, activities, workshops, exhibits, tours and more! This year the Block Party will feature nine installations from the SDF
Rumble, designed and built by teams of local designers, community groups and contractors. Visit the SHOWCASE14: Seattle Design Gallery and Pop-Up Shop with innovative products from local designers. Come hear and see performances, try parkour and take part in art activities and games. Families welcome and encouraged. Suggested donation at the Block Party.

Other events during the block party include:

– rumble installations (ideas for large-scale, inhabitable installations for public display)

– free library design/build competition interactive exhibit (walking map and presentation of competition)

– relief printing (learn how to make a relief print)

– pronto cycle share (meet seattle’s new bike sharing system)

– experiencing transportation projects through visualization (hands-on educational activity experiencing a simulated driving experience)

– traveling tinker tank (a fun, hands-on challenge great for kids and parents)

– how would you get there? (discover industrial design’s impact on movement)

– alley scope (bringing awareness to alleys)

– crea.t.u.r.e (explore the ‘what if” future of sentient buildings, personalized transport, and interactive space)

– mobile couch armada (tricked out mobile furniture)

– Wayfinders community mural (throw paint at a giant canvas)

– add space: shaping interior stories (help design collective Creature Environments for Design Block Creatures)

9/6 5PM
Little London Plane, 322 Occidental Ave S

Seattle seems to be developing and growing at the speed of light. How can the city become a place where people of all ages and incomes can affordably live, work, travel and thrive? What are the relationships between design, density, community and mobility? What are the factors that make a great, affordable, livable city, and how can we achieve them equitably? What are the relationships between well-being/ happiness/work/play and planning/urban design/architecture/mobility? Come ask the questions you think need to be asked and speak directly with the panelists around a large community table. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments available from Little London Plane’s SDF special menu

9/8 – 9/12
The space between home and work

Participants will challenge themselves, hundreds of employees and companies around the city to track trips (to and from work and portions of the commute) and miles. Participants are encouraged to recognize how design plays an important role in great walking experiences and support pedestrian safety and accessibility in Seattle. The daily architecture themes include Mosaic Monday, Terra Cotta Tuesday, Windows Wednesday, Stair Tread Thursday and Fountains Friday. Prizes will be given to people with the most miles and trips and will be awarded at the SDF Closing Party on September 19. To participate, RSVP by email to

For a full schedule of events, click here.

NFL Game tomorrow: what to know, and traffic alerts

September 3, 2014  |  Event, PI, Sports, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments
Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Today through 5:15 PM Thursday: Gameday Village in Occidental Mall and Park. We hear Shaun Alexander is there, giving autographs, and Jim Zorn might be around, too. They’ll even autograph your phone case!

Wednesday Night: “Practice fireworks” at CenturyLink in preparation for tomorrow night’s big bash. Somewhere between 6 PM – 7 PM tonight. EXPECT NOISE!

Traffic Impacts:

  • Helicopters and Television crews are already here
  • Soon our streets will be packed with cars and fans, so expect traffic delays, especially Thursday.
  • Metro is altering routes, detouring away from S. Jackson Street (#16,66, and 99) Metro link:
  • If you are driving to work on Thursday, it might be easier to come back home into PS about an hour after the game starts. (5:40 PM kick-off)

Click here to see a map with Thursday’s street closures.

For more information about what’s happening surrounding the big game and all of the local events, go to the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s website here.

Remember, cell phone networks can be overloaded during special events, so text when you can.

Be safe and have fun out there!