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UW//LA Departmental Lecture | Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy


Thu 2/20 | UW//LA  Winter Departmental Lecture

Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Designing for Democracy

Seattle Central Public Library – Microsoft Auditorium

5:30 pm – Seattle 2035 Open House

6:30 pm – Designing for Democracy: The Center for Urban Pedagogy Lecture / Q+A

8:30 pm – End of Program


Learning Objective:

Learn how New York’s Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to improve public engagement in shaping the built environment.  This lecture will offer one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Please register here if you wish to receive credit.



Join us for an evening of information and inspiration about planning Seattle’s future.

At 5:30 p.m., the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will host an open house about Seattle 2035, a project to update the City’s 20-year comprehensive plan. Learn about updates to this plan and give your opinion on what you want to happen in Seattle over the next 20 years.

At 6:30 p.m., you’ll discover how another city communicates civic information to its citizens. 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.

The tools are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond, and has been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial, PS-1, and two Venice Biennales.  CUP has also been awarded a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize and a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Award.


This event is presented in partnership with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Public Library, and the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture.