There’s more to Seattle architecture than meets the eye

Our city’s most beautiful buildings speak to who, and where, we are.

EVERYONE’S A PHOTOGRAPHER on the bow of the Bainbridge ferry. Steadying on gentle crests, corralling windward hair, directing posers along the rails … all assembling that one quintessential Seattle shot: lanky Space Needle/Smith Tower bookends, shadowy jagged backdrop, Elliott Bay rippling full-frame like a rhythmic gymnast’s sea-gray ribbon.

We are not out here because it’s ugly.

Instinctively, scientifically, we are drawn to beauty, and our singular skyline — seemingly morphing with every crossing — is stunningly, gloriously, possibly universally beautiful.

Upcoming Seattle Architecture Foundation Events

20th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit: ‘Resurgence’

In a time of intense cultural and social change, “Resurgence” challenges designers to explore the ways in which their work intersects with the growth of grass-roots and community movements; the changing conceptions of what cities can be and do; and renewed interest in formerly neglected places, spaces and ideas. When: Sept. 14-Nov. 18

Where: Center for Architecture & Design, 1010 Western Ave., Seattle

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Seattle Design Festival

Presented by Design in Public and AIA Seattle,

the festival brings together designers, community members, experts and city officials to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. It’s the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest; in 2016, more than 30,000 people attended.

When: Sept. 9-22

Where: Throughout Seattle; check the program at

Both events are free and open to the public.

Tourists recognize it. Advertisers capitalize on it. We are luckier. We get to feel it.

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