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10 Projects that Build Connection in Communities

10 Projects that Build Connection in Communities

Read Time: 3 minutes
We’re all a part of communities—large, small, near, far and differently-abled—that intersect and interact in various ways. In pursuit of a more harmonious society, it seems imperative to encourage empathy, connection, and understanding, so we examine 10 projects that build connections of all kinds: between individuals one-on-one, close to home and across the world; both in the abstract and tangibly.

Take a Look at the Bright Side—15 Vibrant Projects

Take a Look at the Bright Side—15 Vibrant Projects

Read Time: 4 min

In the midst of a global crisis or two, things can feel a bit...well...dark. You could use a break: Why not take a look at the bright side for the full-spectrum of technicolor-infused EGD inspiration? We've highlighted (pun intended) 15 vibrant projects over the last 5 years that are sure to put a smile on your face, make you reach for your shades, or both! 

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Design with the 90%

Finalist 2019
Design with the 90%

This exhibition celebrates design as a process, a way of thinking, and an approach to solving a problem—and the important role design can play in addressing critical human problems. Through the lens of design and inspiring objects, the exhibition appeals to broad audiences who might not otherwise visit the Discovery Center or engage in topics related to the Gates Foundation mission and work.

Thoughtful, Sustainable and Community-focused—Studio Matthews for Design with the 90%

Thoughtful, Sustainable and Community-focused—Studio Matthews for Design with the 90%

Read Time: 7.5 minutes

The third exhibition in the newly launched rotating exhibit space at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center (Seattle), “Design with the 90%,” was a collaboration between the Discovery Center, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York) and award-winning local design firm Studio Matthews.

Highlighting Design that Improves Lives

Highlighting Design that Improves Lives

Read Time: 1.5 minutes

Seattle’s award-winning team at Studio Matthews recently premiered the design of their newest exhibition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center: "​Design with the  90%​." The exhibition, curated by Cynthia E Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, is the third exhibition in the newly launched rotating exhibit space.  

Understory at Amazon Spheres

Finalist 2018
Finalist 2019
Understory at Amazon Spheres

The Spheres is the latest addition to Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters, and offers employees a work environment shared with over 40,000 plants, bringing them closer to nature as they work.

To explain this groundbreaking new building, Amazon established a free, public visitor center at The Spheres, called Understory. The name refers to the lush habitat between the rainforest floor and canopy and provides a fully immersive, 360-degree experience where visitors can get up close and personal with the science, engineering and plants behind The Spheres.

2018 SEGD Conference Experience Minneapolis - Achievement Awards

SEGD is an amazing community of designers, fabricators and manufacturers who create experiences that connect people to place. One of the many membership benefits of SEGD is a library of talks from SEGD's 4-6 events a year. Starting from 2014, these videos are available for viewing for members for free. If you are a member please log in (hint: top right below search) if not please join SEGD and experience its amazing resources.

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