AIA Seattle Committee on Homelessness: Anton Dekom, Alexander Froelich, Elizabeth Golden, Forest Hooker, Angus MacGregor, Ming Yuan
Real Change News: Addis Michael Jr., Ed Arthur, Lisa Sawyer, Emma Spickard, Camilla Walter
Visual Communication Designers
Kate Degman, Eva Grate
Schuchart/Dow: Jim Dow, Katie Easton, Arial Kemp, Janos Mathiesen, Ben Rand, Mark Torchie
Miller Hull Partnership, Mithun, TCA, Olson Kundig, Weber Thompson
© Philip Straeter
In 2015, King County and the city of Seattle government declared a housing affordability crisis and a homelessness state of emergency. Despite these proclamations, the number of people living without secure housing continues to grow and the region currently has the third-largest concentration of homeless individuals in the United States.
“To House” repositions the conversation regarding homelessness around personal stories supported with facts, in order to debunk common myths. The exhibit educates visitors on a range of ways to move on these issues, from small acts of kindness to political involvement.
The exhibit content was developed in collaboration with Real Change News, a popular street newspaper providing employment for low-income individuals and people experiencing homelessness. Real Change vendors participated in the project by providing their personal stories for the display and by interacting with “To House” visitors during the 2018 Seattle Design Festival.
“To House” is designed for easy disassembly and transport, permitting display at diverse venues, such as fundraisers, festivals, local libraries and school campuses.
The graphics are conceived as standalone public service announcements, to be featured on public transport. The design also includes educational literature (postcards) with links to local advocacy groups, shelters, and other organizations dedicated to changing policy and providing services for individuals experiencing homelessness.