Olympia Design Month
May
1
to May 31

Olympia Design Month

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May 2019 is Olympia Design Month!

Join O-POP for an exploration and celebration of design. Through a series of events, we will look to the ways good design enlivens our community, enhances its unique qualities, and makes Olympia a more people-oriented place.

OPENING RECEPTION & FILM NIGHT | May 3, 7 pm

How Buildings Happen | May 8, 7-9 pm

Elements of Design | May 10, 7-8:30 pm

Perspective | May 11, 1-3 pm

Design for Living | May 15, 7-9 pm

Downtown Gallery of Architecture | May 1-31

CLOSING EVENT & RECEPTION: Envisioning Architecture | May 17, 7-10 pm

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Please extend a thanks to the following local businesses and community members who have made Olympia Design Month possible: Olympia Coffee, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Olympia Federal Savings (OlyFed), Olympia Film Society, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, The Sherwood Press, Vonna Madeley, Jeanne Tranum, and Leslie Shipe (Coldwell Banker), Artisans Group, Jami Heinricher, Janae Huber and Oliver Stormshak, Teri Haglund, Marianne and Ken Partlow, SCJ Alliance, Holly and Jim Gadbaw, and Kathy and Mike McCormick

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Olympia Design Month Affiliate Events
May
1
to May 31

Olympia Design Month Affiliate Events

Olympia is full of Design!

We’ve invited Olympia’s locally-owned businesses, the library, and other downtown businesses to highlight design and create unique programming to add diverse dimensions to Olympia Design Month. Some of amazing events were already underway and some were pulled together just for Olympia Design Month:

Northwest Green Home Tour (South Sound) | Organized by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

Saturday, May 4, 11-5 pm

O-POP is collaborating with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to highlight design and construction methods that make your existing or new home more eco-friendly. This year’s Green Home Tour will also feature higher density and “missing middle” housing to deepen understanding about how home placement impacts the environment. The tour will kick off our month of events.

South Sound Studio Tour | Organized by Hart James and Nicole Gugliotti

Saturday, May 4, 10-4 pm

Thurston County holds a wealth of creativity and talent. The South Sound Studio Tour will give the region a chance to learn about art and artist’s processes by visiting 26 artists’ studios. It will promote unity among local artists and expose the public to the value that art contributes to one’s life.

Design for a Great Public Place | Organized by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation

Sunday, May 5, 11 am | Meet at the Harbor House, 216 Olympia Ave NE

In 2010, Percival Landing won the prestigious Great Places in America Award from the American Planning Association – at the very moment it was torn up for reconstruction. Get the details on that story and more! Join City staff for an all-encompassing walking tour of Percival Landing, learning  how environmental restoration, important vistas, public art, accessibility for all, and waterfront access all come together in this nationally recognized, locally beloved community gem.

Film: Coast Modern | Organized by the City of Olympia Heritage Commission and the Olympia Film Society

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm (doors), 7 pm (show)

Traveling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Mayor Selby will make a Heritage Awards presentation, and they will feature a screening of amazing historic film footage of Olympia. FREE ADMISSION!

Design Books! | Organized by Browsers Bookshop

Throughout the Month of May

Visit locally owned Browsers Bookshop for a curated selection of design-related books. And check out their charming Olympia Design Month-themed window display.

Design Films and Resources | Organized by the Olympia Branch of Timberland Regional Library

Throughout the Month of May

In honor of Design Month, TRL’s Olympia Branch will showcase its vast array of design-related resources, including books, online learning materials, and film selections from Kanopy, its video streaming service. All of these resources are free to TRL card holders.

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Downtown Gallery of Architecture
May
1
to May 31

Downtown Gallery of Architecture

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An Olympia Design Month Event

All during Olympia Design Month, a selection of downtown buildings will display posters in their front windows that show early Assessor’s photographs of the building in its original condition, and providing a bit of information about the architecture. Thus downtown Olympia itself will become an educational gallery of architecture.

Printable Downtown Gallery of Architecture Guidebook

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CLOSING EVENT & RECEPTION | Envisioning Architecture
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

CLOSING EVENT & RECEPTION | Envisioning Architecture

Four Olympia architects present the buildings that influence their work and vision for Olympia

An Olympia Design Month Event

Who influences Olympia’s talented architects, where do they seek inspiration, and what do they wish we would notice about our built environment? Join architects Garner Miller (MSGS Architects), Ruben Nuñez (KMB Architects), Tom Rieger (Thomas Architecture Studios), and Tessa Smith (Artisans Group) for a virtual tour of their inspiration and hear where the field is heading. Reception starts at 7 pm, presentations at 8 pm.

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Design for Living
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Design for Living

Residential Design and Neighborhood Texture

An Olympia Design Month Event

Does your neighborhood make you want to walk, spend time outdoors, or connect with others? What design elements contribute to those behaviors? Join us for a facilitated discussion with planner Thera Black, architect Roussa Cassel, historic preservationist Michelle Sadlier, and green building expert Chris van Daalen. We'll discuss key design factors that influence our experience of neighborhoods.

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Perspective
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Perspective

Learning to Look at Buildings

An Olympia Design Month Event

Investigate beautiful design through a personal lens.  What elements of architecture inspire you?  How are they different than what inspires others in our community.  This experiential session begins indoors and concludes with an interactive photography and walking tour of our downtown Olympia structures.  Bring a camera of your choice to capture Olympia’s downtown beauty through your personal perspective.  This session is open to high school aged students and above. 

Pre-registration is required and optional Visual Communications credits are available to Olympia High School VisCom Students. To reserve your space, email Jessicarae Nuñez at jessicaraenunez@live.com.

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Elements of Design
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Elements of Design

An Olympia Design Month Event

Join two Olympia designers in a conversation about the broad strokes and details that make architecture elicit our emotions. Consider anew Olympia's familiar buildings, as you engage with community members in a creative and empowering learning environment.

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How Buildings Happen
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

How Buildings Happen

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Walk through the complexities of development with the teams who make buildings happen

An Olympia Design Month Event

What determines whether a development moves forward? What roles do banks, developers, and architects play? Deepen your understanding of the many factors that influence how buildings happen, and why we have the buildings we have.

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Opening Reception & Film Night
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception & Film Night

An Olympia Design Month Event

Join us for our opening reception and watch the film Urbanized , a feature-length documentary about the design of cities. This film looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

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We are the Missing Middle! Button, Broadside, T-Shirt-making
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

We are the Missing Middle! Button, Broadside, T-Shirt-making

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We are the missing middle!

Let's help our community know that Missing Middle housing is something that supports us all. We need this diverse housing and we plan to carry this advocacy over the threshold.

It's especially important to show our love at City Council's special meeting on Monday, November 5 at 7pm.

Join O-POP at the Knitting Mills Artist Collective to make broadsides, t-shirts, and buttons. We'll have paper and button-making materials, but bring a favorite t-shirt or sweatshirt for printing.

Drop by between 1 and 4 pm!

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Urban Density and the Environment | Planning and Priorities
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Urban Density and the Environment | Planning and Priorities

A growing population requires a changing landscape in the city of Olympia. Thurston County expects an additional 120,000 people to call our region home in the next 20 years - with 20,000 of those living in Olympia. We must decide where those people will live to support an affordable and walkable community, while protecting our rural areas from sprawl. Important land use decisions must consider the needs of the natural environment and the requirements for the built environment. How do we balance the benefits of environmental restoration and the benefits of urban density?

Join O-POP for this panel, where we will hear from specialists who are working on environmental planning in our region. They will share their past and current planning efforts, and talk about how decisions are made to prioritize environmental restoration and preservation projects. Panelists include:

  • Veena Tabbutt, Research and Data Director | Thurston Regional Planning Council
  • Scott Steltzner, Fisheries Biologist | Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Jesse Barham, Habitat Coordinator | City of Olympia

Moderated by Dani Madrone

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Big Ideas // Tiny Homes: Visit Olympia's ADUs and Tiny Houses
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Big Ideas // Tiny Homes: Visit Olympia's ADUs and Tiny Houses

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Join O-POP for a self-guided tour of ten accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and tiny houses in and around Olympia. Visit some of these homes and contemplate how your neighborhood might benefit from the addition of these cozy dwellings. Talk to residents and owners about their experiences. And, be inspired to support their growth in our community.

Unless already sold out, registration ($10) will be available the day of the tour (cash at the Welcome Center - 108 Cherry Street NE, Olympia) or through Brown Paper Tickets. Tour guidebooks will be available the day of the event to registered attendees.

Photo: Tiny house by Zyl Vardos | Unique Tiny Houses and Art Structures.

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Advocating for Affordable Housing Brick by Brick
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Advocating for Affordable Housing Brick by Brick

Learn about Seattle’s plan to increase housing choices and affordability in its neighborhoods, obstacles the plan faced, and how citizens advocated for it. Hear about how the Home Fund proposes to increase affordable housing for the most vulnerable here in Olympia.

Speakers:

  • Chris Wierzbicki, Interim Executive Director, Futurewise
  • Erin House, Outreach Coordinator, Futurewise
  • Mike McCormick, Home Fund

 

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Big Ideas // Tiny Homes: ADUs and Tiny Houses in Olympia and Beyond
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Big Ideas // Tiny Homes: ADUs and Tiny Houses in Olympia and Beyond

Join us for a panel discussion about tiny houses and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). We'll be talking about all aspects of these small homes, from building them to living in them, learning about Olympia's code and national trends along the way.

Moderated by Jill Severn

Speakers

  • Leonard Bauer, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, City of Olympia
  • Joseph Becker, Ion Eco Building
  • Chris van Daalen, Education Coordinator, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
  • Jenn Kliese, Tiny house designer and dweller
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Game Night: Cards Against Urbanity
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Game Night: Cards Against Urbanity

Have you always wondered what the heck a "bulb out" is? How about "vertical friction"? Yeah, me too, so come up your game with a night of planning geekdom! We'll be gathering at Three Magnets Brewing Company's Barrel Room to play Cards Against Urbanity, a game aimed at irreverently demystifying planning terms. See you there!

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Arts and Healthy Communities: An O-POP Forum
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Arts and Healthy Communities: An O-POP Forum

How do the arts contribute to vibrant, sustainable, well-designed communities? What can we learn from arts efforts in other places?

Our guest for this forum is Karen Bubb, public arts manager for Boise City Department of Arts and History, and adjunct faculty at Boise State University.

Arrive at 7 pm for conversation and snacks (please bring food/drink to share). Karen's talk begins at 7:30, followed by discussion.

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Olympia New Urbanism Film Festival
Dec
27
3:30 PM15:30

Olympia New Urbanism Film Festival

O-POP is partnering with the New Urbanism Film Festival to present a special screening of 2015's award-winning documentary films dedicated to urban planning from the pedestrian perspective.

The festival was founded three years ago by Olympia-native Josh Paget. It has screened over 100 urban planning films over the past three years of festivals hosted in Los Angeles and has traveled to Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, San Diego, Stockholm, and now Olympia.

As Olympia continues to grow, people-oriented planning becomes ever more important. Join us for this important discussion and bring your family and a dish to share. In classic Olympia style, this event is a potluck!

For more information about the New Urbanism Film Festival, visit
NewUrbanismFilmFestival.com

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Downtown Olympia // Opportunities and Obstacles with Architect Ron Thomas
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Downtown Olympia // Opportunities and Obstacles with Architect Ron Thomas

Join us for a discussion about development—residential and commercial—in downtown Olympia: what's happening now, opportunities for the future, and obstacles to a more vibrant and pedestrian-oriented city center.

Ron Thomas is principal architect at Thomas Architecture Studio, a firm based in downtown Olympia with downtown projects including the Thurston First Bank Building (Franklin Lofts & Three Magnets Brewing Co.), 321 Lofts (multifamily apartments now under construction), and Thurston County Courthouse Feasibility Study.

This event is sponsored by O-POP, a group whose purpose is to make Olympia a vibrant, well-planned city.

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