logo_cabinThe ADF is pleased to announce CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE. CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE encourages Alaskans to develop contemporary ‘cabin’ designs which highlight the uniqueness of living in the frozen North. This design challenge presents the opportunity to turn those things which can make life in Alaska difficult into those very things which positively describe us.

The ADF is hosting this design challenge in association with the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center’s Cabin Fever exhibit. The design challenge culminates with an exhibit at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in February, 2015.

Participants in CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE are encouraged to develop designs which:

  • Provide architectural, landscape, lighting and interior design solutions
  • Utilize sustainable energy solutions and locally-sourced materials
  • Take advantage of new technologies to increase livability
  • Use visuals to increase sense of well-being
  • Address city planning challenges resulting in increased livability

Registration is required.

Details & deadlines →

Competition is open to all, but spots are limited, so register today!

SIGNAL/NOISE Lecture Season Opening with Jakob Trollback on October 27-29


The ADF kicks off the SIGNAL/NOISE lecture season with Jakob Trollback, a branding and motion graphics designer from New York City. His firm, Trollback + Company, has done work for CBS, BBC, HBO, AMC, ESPN and The World Bank, and has garnered dozens of industry awards.. Originally from Sweden, Trollback is also involved in the TED community.

October 27: Anchorage
October 28: Fairbanks
October 29: Juneau

Click here for more details.

Improving Cities & DIY Urbanism – Workshop on November 2

Do-It-yourself (DIY) urbanism is a worldwide movement where individuals make changes to their streets or neighborhoods using creative interventions. DIY urbanism can range from a large-scale event like PARKing Day, to organizing a few friends to transform a street median into a “guerrilla garden”.

Join Alaska Design Forum and UAA’s Center for Community Engagement and Learning for a hands-on workshop focused on improving cities with Dr. Jeff Hou, department chair of landscape architecture at the University of Washington.

Sunday, November 2, 2014
1:00-4:00 p.m. @ Anchorage Museum – Reynolds Classroom

Free, advance registration is required. Limited to 55 participants.
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS  FULLY BOOKED. Click here for waiting list registration.

Dr. Hou has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and public art. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and a co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (with Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson) (2009). He is a contributor to Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (2008) and Companion to Urban Design (2011). His research on innovative practices of community participation and design education has also been published in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Landscape Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, and Open House International.

Following Dr. Hou’s talk, participants will be split into groups and brainstorm transformative ideas using the Alaska Design Forum’s contemporary cabin design challenge (“Cabin”) as a case study.