Seattle Demo Project
In 2009 the city of Seattle received 106 demolition permit applications.
Last year the city received 511 demolition permit applications.
This year the city is on track to receive over 700 demolition permit applications.
The Seattle Demo Project temporarily liberates these buildings from their original functions to become an effective medium. Fostering a dialogue between architects, artists, builders, owners, and the public.
HOW THE SEATTLE DEMO PROJECTS WORKS WITHIN THE EXISTING DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:
Looking for a return on their investment, the developer wants to avoid public backlash from local communities and often looks to the designer to communicate the advantages of urban development to the general public.
Contracted by the developer the designer has the opportunity to experiment and open a dialogue with the general public about the importance of architecture through a series of design explorations withing the soon-to-be- demolished structure.
The Seattle Demo Project provides an exciting opportunity to expose the general public to architectural ideas in a tangible way, and inspires the dialogue to advocate for good development, instead of simply being for or against it.
2014 AIA Washington Honor Award Winner - Honorable Mention.