Events: Impacts of the pandemic, accessible parks, and Seattle’s built environment


Over the next two weeks, explore diverse topics in inclusive design and outdoor spaces, learn about the Green New Deal, and engage in important conversations about the history of Indigenous communities in North America. 

Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):

Tuesday – 2/9

An Evening with Patty Hayes 

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, has over 30 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Join her to discuss the impact of the pandemic on BIPOC communities and what systemic changes need to be made now to avoid long-lasting impact.

6:30pm – Online event. Registration required.

Wednesday – 2/10 

Nature & Health Speaks Beyond Inclusive Design: Creating a Welcoming, Accessible, Nature-Based Park 

The Eli’s Park Project founders in partnership with Site Workshop, will share their roles in designing a welcoming, accessible and nature-based park for all at Burke-Gilman Playground Park in Seattle. Join us for an interactive discussion about engaging the community in an inclusive design process to create outdoor spaces for everyone. 

12:30pm – Online event. 


Thursday – 2/11 


#CBEchronicles Lecture Series: Designing a Green New Deal 

The Green New Deal is the biggest design and environmental idea in a century, requiring a total transformation of the built and natural environment. Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design, discusses how we can plan, design and work together to deliver meaningful change.

5:00pm – Online event. Registration required. 


Why Seattle Shakes 

Unlike many regions in the country, the Seattle area is constantly reminded of its geologic past, present, and future. Whether it is our landslides, our glacier-carved topography, or our three major earthquake zones, this area’s geologic history is young, dynamic, and accessible. In this virtual talk, naturalist David B. Williams will provide an introduction to the city’s geology and how it affects the built environment.

6:00pm – Online event. Registration required. 


Friday – 2/19 


Voices from Indigenous North America 

Oral historian Sara Sinclair is joined in this virtual conversation by two of the narrators from How We Go Home, Robert Ornelas (Lipan Aparche/Ysleta del Sur Pueblo) and Althea Guiboche (Métis/Ojibwe/Salteaux), to discuss their own stories and experiences. Join them for this impactful and essential conversation about the cruel, ongoing dispossession of Indigenous people in North America—and their astounding spiritual wealth and fortitude.

5:00pm – Online event. Registration required. 

Black History Month resources: 

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