May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Design Drinks + Talks: Bellingham Design Week edition

As part of Bellingham Design Week (bellinghamdesignweek.com) we are presenting a special edition of Design Drinks + Talks with several great speakers! We will be using Pecha Kucha style presentations for this event, which is a fun, high-energy format where each presenter gets exactly 20 slides, with a fixed 20 seconds for each slide.

Confirmed speakers:

Barbara Mashburn of Mashburn Design (https://mashburndesign.com/)
Bryce Hamilton of Bellingham Cider Company (https://bellinghamcider.com/)
Dan Welch of [bundle] design studio (http://bundledesignstudio.com/)
Jon Falcon of Falconworks (http://falconworksdesign.com/)
Katie Johnson (https://www.katiejohnson.me/)

Design Drinks + Talks takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio (https://localgroup.studio/) with short presentations by local designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems. Presenters may share past work, explore design as a conceptual or practical concern, or pose a speculative question or idea. With each event, drinks and food will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Meetup event link is here: https://www.meetup.com/Bellingham-Design-Drinks-Talks/events/250385085 

Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167404827278060/

Bellingham Design Week calendar is here:
http://bellinghamdesignweek.com/schedule/

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The Vienna Model - Film screening: Urbanized [2011]
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

The Vienna Model - Film screening: Urbanized [2011]

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

About the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1701976/

More info about The Vienna Model exhibition at https://localgroup.studio/the-vienna-model/

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The Vienna Model - Film screening: How to Live in Vienna [2013]
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

The Vienna Model - Film screening: How to Live in Vienna [2013]

This 49 minute video essay gives an overview of Vienna's housing development from the late 19th century until today. The movie is produced as a cultural journey to selected housing projects showing their urban and social circumstances.

More info about The Vienna Model exhibition at https://localgroup.studio/the-vienna-model/

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The Vienna Model - Community Discussion: "Bellingham to Vienna"
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

The Vienna Model - Community Discussion: "Bellingham to Vienna"

Join local community activists, professionals, representatives, and residents in a discussion on Bellingham’s current housing crisis and what might be learned from The Vienna Model. Special guests include Sabine Bitter and Jeff Derksen, organizers of the Vancouver, BC iteration of The Vienna Model exhibition and members of the research collective Urban Subjects.

Agenda:

11am-11:15am

Acknowledgements, Opening Remarks, Introduction of the Project

11:20 am

The landscape, data, trends, comparing Bellingham to Vancouver & Vienna

11:30am-12:30pm

A panel of speakers impacted directly by the housing crisis and people who work closely with people who have experienced housing insecurity, to (1) share personal stories of their housing insecurity and/or advocacy, (2) highlight the weaknesses of the current affordable housing system in Bellingham and (3) speak to the benefits and successes of the current affordable housing system.

12:30pm-12:45pm

Coffee break

12:45-1:25pm

Presentations by Jeff Derksen & Sabine Bitter, organizers of the show in Vancouver and members of the Vancouver/Vienna research collective Urban Subjects.

1:25pm-2:10pm

Lunch

2:10 pm-2:55 pm

Panel of Speakers addressing the concept of what the “social” in social housing means.

3:15pm-4:00pm

Community Research: Community discussion of the day’s most important take-aways and questions in order to build a community demands list.


More info at https://localgroup.studio/the-vienna-model/

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Design Drinks + Talks // Wednesday February 28
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Design Drinks + Talks // Wednesday February 28

 

Join us for a special edition of Design Drinks + Talks featuring three Localgroup coworkers: Kim Do, Ron Hemphill, and Sky Hester

Design Drinks + Talks takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio (https://localgroup.studio/) with short presentations by local designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems. Presenters may share past work, explore design as a conceptual or practical concern, or pose a speculative question or idea. With each event, drinks and food will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Bios:

Kim Do is a content marketer who hails from the sleepy plains of Oklahoma. She used to teach English in Kyoto, Japan, while writing travel blogs and throwing salon parties in her tiny living room. Now she’s based in Berlin, Germany, where she gets to combine her love for stories and travel, all the while still struggling with when to use “der,” “die,” or “das”.

Ron Hemphill is a multi-disciplinary artist. Intuitively weaving digital and analog processes such as video editing, calligraphy, photography, animation and whittling. Ron often utilizes a “thing a day” process, enacting daily artistic procedures within a set framework for anywhere from 7 to 100 days. He creates emotionally layered images on themes of the pre-birth experience, refuse, longing, and the paranormal. Ron holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has had solo and group exhibitions in New York, Michigan, Washington, and California.

Sky Hester is an applied mathematician and experimental thinker living in Bellingham with his partner Natasha Donovan and their dog Luna Dog Donovan-Hester. His time will focus on the painfully exciting world of correspondence forensics; in particular, reconstructing interaction networks from bodies of email.

Facebook event link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/340667499751840/

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October Design Drinks + Talks
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

October Design Drinks + Talks

With presentations by:

Ola El-Khalidi + Diala Khasawnih

Amy Glasser + Sonny Meehan

Barbara L. Miller + Dimitri C. Katsaros

A very special edition of Design Drinks + Talks takes place this October with presentations by couples who collaborate.

Bios

Ola El-Khalidi + Diala Khasawnih have worked together for many years on many projects including Makan art space in Amman, Jordan and currently The Rocca Family (a traveling project). Their practice includes but is not limited to art making, curating, writing, performance, publishing, cooking, feeding, drinking, smoking, collaborating, DJ’ing, etc… https://www.roccafamily.org/

Amy Glasser + Sonny Meehan have taken photographs together throughout their travels. Although now based in Bellingham, they previously lived in the Netherlands from which they traveled around Europe taking portraits of the people they met along the way.

Barbara L. Miller + Dimitri C. Katsaros are Bellingham-based artists who have been collaborating since 2005 and have exhibited their art work at the Western Gallery, the Whatcom Museum, and the Museum of Northwest Art. For their talk at Design Drinks, they will be sharing recent work in photography. http://www.millerkatsaros.com/

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September Design Drinks (No Talks)
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

September Design Drinks (No Talks)

Design Drinks (No Talks) takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio as an open and informal gathering of designers and other creative people living and working in the Bellingham area. Designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and any others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems are all welcome to meet with one another, exchange ideas, and develop connections. This series is related to Design Drinks + Talks at Localgroup Studio, but takes place without presentations.

For the month of September, we are scheduling the social right after our first Intro to Data Visualization class so that attendees (some are coming from Seattle and Vancouver) can meet and mingle with local design-minded folks.

RSVP on our Facebook or Meetup pages. 

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July 2017
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

July 2017

Design Drinks (No Talks)

Design Drinks (No Talks) takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio as an open and informal gathering of designers and other creative people living and working in the Bellingham area. Designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and any others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems are all welcome to meet with one another, exchange ideas, and develop connections. This series is related to Design Drinks + Talks at Localgroup Studio, but takes place without presentations.

RSVP on our Facebook or Meetup event pages.

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June 2017
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

June 2017

Design Drinks + Talks 

With presentations by

Sarah Brownsberger + Rhys Faler + Nathan Matsushima

Design Drinks + Talks takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio with short presentations by local designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems. Presenters may share past work, explore design as a conceptual or practical concern, or pose a speculative question or idea. With each event, drinks and food will be served.

Bios

Poised for an academic literary career, Sarah Brownsberger took a sharp turn by crossing the Atlantic to Iceland where she studied its literary culture under rapid modernization, specifically looking at the transition from oral-poetic traditions to print. After living and studying in Iceland, she began graduate work at Harvard to learn more about her own socio-economic context. She has since pursued a life of art that mirrors small-farming: labor-intensive, community-oriented, laced with plenty of nourishing shift-work, less aimed at high-yield than at maximally-flavorful, sustainable produce. Sarah’s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Field, OnEarth, Poetry East, Alaska Quarterly, Salamander, and other publications. Her research has been published in The Cambridge Quarterly and her essays have been published in Morgunblaðið, Iceland’s largest daily, and other venues. She has also been active as a translator of Icelandic and English, translating many books, art-critical essays, and excerpts by distinguished Icelandic authors for the UNESCO Reykjavik Literary City. She has recently completed her second novel and hopes to publish both novels “soon.”

The world’s urban population is growing quickly and unfortunately the way that we currently build cities is unhealthy for both the people that live in them as well as our planet. To address this problem, Rhys Faler founded the Arcology Institute in 2016 and has been steadily growing the firm ever since. He draws on years of experience as an entrepreneur, urban planner, and systems thinker to bring a fresh perspective to the built environment. In addition to his work with the Arcology Institute, Rhys is the driving force behind Bellingham Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and growing the early-stage entrepreneurial community in the Bellingham area.

Nathan Matsushima was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii as a "Hapa". He left the Hawaiian islands in 2002 to attend the University of California, Davis where he graduated with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development. He has since worked as a consultant for tech companies in Silicon Valley, and currently works for an Australia-based tech company that creates project management, collaboration, and team focused solutions. Nathan has made many discoveries through his travels and taking photographs. This past summer he embarked on a 3-month road trip camping out of his vehicle with his wife and dog, visiting National Parks and documenting their experiences. To him, photography is an intimate experience in documenting and interpreting moments, experiences, places, people, and things. It brings together community, has its own creative process, and can vividly color the human condition.

 

 

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May 2017
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

May 2017

Design Drinks (No Talks)

Design Drinks (No Talks) takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio as an open and informal gathering of designers and other creative people living and working in the Bellingham area. Designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and any others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems are all welcome to meet with one another, exchange ideas, and develop connections. This series is related to Design Drinks + Talks at Localgroup Studio, but takes place without presentations.

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March 2017
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

March 2017

Design Drinks + Talks 

With presentations by

Jay Atherton + Kristina Lee Podesva + Alan McConchie

Design Drinks + Talks takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio with short presentations by local designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems. Presenters may share past work, explore design as a conceptual or practical concern, or pose a speculative question or idea. With each event, drinks and food will be served.

Bios

Jay Atherton produces work in art and architecture that explores the perceptual edges of the ordinary and is informed by the conditions of site in situ (i.e., weather, space, memory, absence, something, nothing, and so on). Jay received his M. Arch. from UC, Berkeley, where he has also taught in the Architecture department. He has worked for Studio Daniel Liebeskind, Berlin, Germany; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, San Francisco, CA; and Will Bruder + Partners, Phoenix, AZ. And, his sculpture and installation work has appeared in exhibitions at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale, AZ; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, El Paso, TX; Suyama Space, Seattle, WA; and Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ. His house, Meadowbrook Residence, co-designed with Cy Keener, was featured in dwell magazine.

Alan McConchie is the founder of Localgroup Studio. Born and raised in Bellingham, Alan has recently relocated to his hometown and is currently Lead Cartographer at Stamen Design, a mapping and data visualization studio in San Francisco. Alan has worked using online map making, visualization, and data science for clients such as Audubon Society, National Geographic, Facebook, and Pinterest. He has taught for Stamen at the World Health Organization, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the California College of the Arts. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Mathematics, and a master's degree in Geography from UBC. His work with Stamen has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in the Istanbul Design Biennial.

Kristina Lee Podesva is Publisher and Editor of the newly formed bruna press + archive, an experimental, independent, artist-run publishing house and art library in Bellingham. Kristina was Editor of the art journal Fillip for ten years and has written in and edited books and texts in exhibition catalogues and art magazines. Her artwork has appeared at Artspeak (Vancouver), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), No Soul for Sale at the Tate (London), Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City), the Power Plant (Toronto), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), among other venues. She has taught at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Emily Carr University in Vancouver, and the Malmö Art Academy at Lund University in Malmö, Sweden.

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