Join us for an open house about Seattle 2035, a yearlong citywide conversation about how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years. After the Open House, Christine Gaspar, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), will speak about how this New York-based non-profit uses art and design to improve public participation in shaping the built environment.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Seattle Central Library
Open House, Seattle 2035
Designing for Democracy: the Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy
Lecture by Christine Gaspar followed by Q & A
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Built Environments, and University of Washington, in collaboration with DPD and The Seattle Public Library.
Where does the water go when you flush the toilet? What is affordable housing? Who owns the Internet? Who decides where noxious land uses go? The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) wants you to know!
CUP is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that makes accessible, visual explanations of the complex issues that shape our everyday lives. CUP’s Executive Director, Christine Gaspar, will talk about how the organization collaborates with grassroots organizers and talented designers to create posters, workshop tools, websites, and animations that demystify policy and planning and give individuals the tools to advocate for their own community needs.
The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important urban issues. CUP’s print, audio, video, and media projects, along with tactile interactive workshop tools, are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond.
The work have been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, PS-1, and two Venice Biennales, and awarded a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize and a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.
Christine Gaspar, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), has over ten years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Christine has a master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental Studies from Brown University.
To learn more about Seattle 2035, visit http://2035.seattle.gov.