Urban-Related Events: forest walks, sustainable building, and the transformation of Denny Triangle

Over the next two weeks, explore the Washington Park Arboretum through forest bathing, learn about mass timber buildings, and discover new architecture near downtown Seattle. 

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

Saturday – 9/25

Forest Bathing Walk 

Join UW Botanic Gardens and Cascadia Forest Therapy for a unique forest bathing opportunity in the Washington Park Arboretum. Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) has been popular in Japan for decades and is gaining momentum in the US. During this time the guide, in partnership with the forest, will offer an evolving series of invitations crafted to help participants slow down and open their senses. 

10:00-11:30am – UW Botanic Gardens, Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112). Registration required.

Tuesday – 9/28

ULI Northwest: Capitol Hill Station Transit Oriented Development Tour 

To mark the opening of Seattle’s most ambitious transit oriented development to date, join ULI Northwest for a tour and presentation of the Capitol Hill Station Apartments, hosted by its developers and planners. Learn how the project set a new benchmark for community outreach and collaboration from stakeholders, private and non-profit developers, and partner agencies. 

3:30-5:30pm – Capitol Hill Station Apartments – Park Building (123 10th Ave E

Seattle, WA 98102). Ticket purchase required. 

Wednesday – 9/29 

Committee on Architecture for Education: Mass Timber in Schools 

The AIA Seattle Committee on Architecture for Education hosts an exploratory presentation and discussion of large-scale wood structures in recently completed regional schools. Three presentation teams comprising an Architect, Structural Engineer and Builder will present their experiences designing and building mass timber buildings in the Pacific Northwest. 

5:30-7:00pm – Online event. Registration required. 


Saturday – 10/2 

Denny Triangle Tour: The Missing Link

Witness the transformation of Denny Triangle, rising to become the missing link between South Lake Union and Seattle’s downtown. Discover hot-off-the-press architecture emerging amongst a few precious gems of the past. On this tour, see the classically proper details of the Times Square Building alongside revolutionary designs, such as the corn-cob Westin Twins and the iconic Amazon Spheres.  

10:00am-12:00pm – McGraw Square (Westlake Ave & Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101). Ticket purchase required.


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