Second Annual Design Weekend Anchorage Focuses on Innovation, Community, Big Ideas, Tiny Living and More
September 20, 2017
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Sept. 20, 2017 – How does design empower place, people and the future? What innovations are impacting what “home” is? How do small scale design principles make big impacts on a community? These questions and more will be addressed during second annual Design Weekend Anchorage, Sept. 22-24. Ticket prices range from $20/day to $50 for all three days (10 percent discount for museum members), although several of the events are free and open to the public. Visit www.anchoragedesignweekend.org for tickets.
Panel discussions, off-site programming, a design product fair, panel discussions and ample opportunities for networking are offered throughout the weekend. On view for the weekend is the <META/ANC> Mapping a Northern City exhibition on mining housing data for urban planning opportunities.
Weekend schedule descriptions below:
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register and pick up wrist bands, Anchorage Museum lobby
Noon – 1 p.m. Welcome to Our North Kick-Off, museum atrium. Purchase lunch from Muse, atrium café or brown-bag it. Learn about efforts to reimagine Anchorage as a hub of design and innovation in a way that brings the community together and provides a rich diversification of design professionals in a variety of sectors. Open to the public.
1 – 3 p.m. Creating a Welcoming Anchorage Discussion, museum auditorium. A panel discussion of Anchorage neighborhoods and communities, from access to development, climate resilience, inclusivity, design and shared spaces. Panelists include: Mara Kimmel, first lady of Anchorage; Amy Coffman, special assistant to the mayor; Inger Deede, designer, Agnew-Beck Consulting; Reth Duir, first generation New American; and Jonny Hayes, director of design, Anchorage Museum. (for Design Weekend registrants)
1 – 3:30 p.m. Pitch.Click.Give. presentations, museum west wing, fourth floor. Presented by the American Marketing Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Pick.Click.Give. Non-profit organizations and marketing professionals and web designers work together to design new campaigns. Among the agencies participating are Brilliant, MSI, Thompson & Co. For information and tickets, click here. (for Pitch.Click.Give registrants)
3 – 5 p.m. Welcoming Design Workshop, museum Reynolds Room. This workshop explores design in communities and sectors that aren’t traditionally part of the design community. Hosted by Inger Deede and Tanya Iden of Agnew-Beck Consulting. (for Design Weekend registrants)
3:40 – 4:45 p.m. Pitch.Click.Give. presentations, west wing, fourth floor. The best campaign received a cash prize and more than $70,000 of in in-kind marketing support. (for Pitch.Click.Give. registrants)
5 – 6 p.m. Design Weekend Happy Hour networking event, museum atrium. Mingle with members of the design community, visiting speakers and panelists and attendees. Cash bar (must be 21 to purchase alcohol). Open to the public.
6 – 7 p.m. Keynote Speaker Susanna Sirefman, founder and president of Dovetail Design Strategists, museum auditorium. She will talk on design, architectural concepts and making architecture accessible to the general public. (for Design Weekend registrants)
7 – 9:30 p.m. B Street Block Party, on B Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Food trucks with food for purchase, music and cash bar. Open to the public (must be 21 to purchase alcohol).
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free general museum admission all day, thanks to Wells Fargo. Some Design Weekend events are free and open to the public; others require a day pass, $20 (10 percent discount for museum members). Planetarium tickets extra.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Design Fair, museum atrium. More than 20 artists, designers and architects are participating including: Blackstone Design - Custom furniture and woodworking by Mark Wedekind; OBJECT by MCG – creating an arctic entry; The Alaska Mad Scientist; Karen Olanna Arts; American Institute of Architects – Alaska; Design House Alaska; Allison Akootchook Warden; Rachelle Dowdy; Sonya Kelliher-Combs; Flattop Drum Company – will feature innovative wood drums; TIMBER Birch Bark Fine Art Jewelry; Tent City Press – will represent five different artists and will be doing some hands-on projects; George Overpeck, wood turner; Huff Goods; Amalga Distillery; MShaginoff; Paloma Diaz-Dickson Illustration; and Bettisworth North Architects and Planners – virtual reality booth; to name a few. Open to the public.
Design product demonstrations on atrium stage at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
10 a.m. – noon Town Square Park Public Design Workshop, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts at 621 W 6th Ave. All are encouraged to take part in this Municipality of Anchorage-hosted workshop to redesign and repurpose Town Square Park, refining ideas to develop a master plan. Free. Open to the public.
Noon to 1 p.m. Tiny Living, Tiny House, Big Ideas presentation by Alexis Stephens and Christian Parson of Tiny House Expedition, museum west wing, fourth floor. Hear about the past, present and future of the Tiny House movement from materials to regulations, and an epic project across the country to live small. Lunch available for purchase. (for Design Weekend registrants)
1 – 3 p.m. Tiny House Workshop, museum west wing, fourth floor. Hear about building tiny houses and technologies that can be adapted to the North. (for Design Weekend registrants)
1 – 3 p.m. Shirts Up Screen Printing Workshop at 900 East 6th Ave. See traditional and state-of-the-art technologies used for screen printing. Instruction provided by Shirts Up staff. (for Design Weekend registrants)
3 – 4 p.m. Growing Your Career with Design Thinking, the Boardroom, 601 W. Fifth Ave. Roundtable discussion with IBM design professionals Oen Michael Hammonds and Blake Helman. (for Design Weekend registrants)
3 – 6 p.m. B Street Festival, on B Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Design interventions, live music by the band Duchess, food trucks and beer for purchase. Open to the public.
4 – 6 p.m. <META/ANC> Mapping a Northern City Symposium: An Anchorage housing discussion with a goal of envisioning positive change. The roundtable discussions will include representatives from the Municipality of Anchorage, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Anchorage Museum, Spinell Homes and Lumen Design. Hosted and facilitated by the Alaska Design Forum.
6 – 7 p.m. Keynote Speaker Matthew Jull, museum auditorium. Jull is a founding partner of design practices KUTONOTUK, director of the Arctic Design Group and assistant professor of architecture at the University of Virginia. (for Design Weekend registrants)
7 – 9 p.m. Design Rocks Gathering and Party: Kai-Uwe Bergmann with BIG will share about new ways of architectural and urban organization through mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. Music, drinks and networking follows. West wing, fourth floor. Cash bar, must be 21 to purchase alcohol. (for Design Weekend registrants)
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Design Fair, museum atrium (see Saturday, Sept. 23 description). Design project demonstrations on atrium stage at 1 and 3 p.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Design Thinking Workshop hosted by AIGA*, museum west wing, fourth floor. Participants will explore new ways of thinking to stimulate innovation. *Must register in advance, limited availability.
10 a.m. – noon Fairview Community Walk 'n Talk Scavenger Hunt, meet in the CARR’s far west parking lot on 13th Ave. and Fairbanks St. at 10 a.m. Participants will be given a Scavenger Hunt Guide and background brochure that will encourage a search for both positive and negative elements within the Gambell/Ingra Corridor. The Walk ’n Talk will end at a pop-up Hi!Way Cafe on the southwest corner of 15th Ave. and Gambell St. An enticement to complete the Scavenger Hunt will be free snacks from the three small commercial food companies on that corner: Alaska Sprouts, Alaska Pasta Company and Wild Scoops Ice Cream. Conversations will be further encouraged and facilitated from noon to 1:30 p.m. Open to the public.
2 – 4 p.m. Fairview Community Design Workshop, museum west wing, fourth floor. This workshop seeks to ignite designers in a fast-paced community design exercise focused on the redevelopment of Fairview’s Hyder Street corridor. (for Design Weekend registrants)
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