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August 30, 2017

SAF model exhibit opens Sept. 13

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This pedestrian walkway will be part of Sea-Tac’s new International Arrivals Facility.

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Amazon’s Block 21 will have office space and a homeless shelter.

Seattle Architecture Foundation will hold a reception for the 20th annual architectural model exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at 1010 Western Ave. in Seattle.

This year's theme — resurgence — explores how design intersects with grassroots and community movements; the changing conception of what cities can be; and renewed interest in neglected places and ideas.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 18 and is part of the 2017 Seattle Design Festival.

SAF said local architects and designers “are brimming over with innovation” in their response to the growth issues that Seattle is grappling with.

Here are some of the models in the exhibition that SAF says show the ambition of this community:

• LMN Architects' 4/C Tower will rise 1,029 feet from Fourth Avenue, with “a skyline-scaled gesture anticipating Seattle's resurging downtown life.”

• Weber Thompson's Watershed office building is one of only three local buildings to pursue Seattle's Living Building Pilot Program. Its stormwater treatment systems will help protect local waterways and salmon from polluted runoff.

• SOM's new pedestrian walkway at Sea-Tac Airport will be prefabricated off-site and installed in seven days. With views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, it is a key piece of the new International Arrivals Facility that will nearly double the capacity for international flights.

• ORA's Volunteer Park Amphitheater will put Seattle on a short list of American cities with fully designed, professional-grade public outdoor dance performance space.

• Graphite Design Group's homeless shelter for families in Amazon Block 21 will put the nonprofit Mary's Place at the center of a major downtown business hub.

• Olson Kundig's Century Project at the Space Needle will bring visitors uninterrupted 360-degree views through glass walls, benches and floors, preserving the historic character of the structure while modernizing it.

The reception helps raise funds to support the exhibit, with drinks and light fare. Cost is $35, or $25 for members. Buy tickets at http://tiny.cc/2fyxmy/.

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