First AUTOMATA lecture: Wolfgang Buttress

ADF’s AUTOMATA season kicks off with Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress. His public artworks –  simple, elegant and contextual – seek to define and celebrate a sense of place and the sublime. He has received numerous awards for “Hive” (below) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London.

For Hive, accelerometers (vibration sensors) are used to measure the activity of a real bee colony, and feed real-time signals to a 1000 RGBW LED light array inside the spherical void. Algorithms are used to convert the bee colony vibrations into lighting effects.

ANCHORAGE: Jan 22 (at Williwaw Social, new venue for 2018)
JUNEAU: Jan 24 (at the APK State Museum, this lecture only)

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Join ADF for Fly By Design Japan

An exclusive small-group tour experience on March 11-18, 2018

Experience the foundation of Japanese architecture – an understanding of the natural world as a source of spiritual insight and an instructive mirror of human emotion. Tour Tokyo’s Omotesando district, known as one of the foremost ‘architectural showcase’ streets in the world, as well as the elegance of the Ginza district. Visit the ‘art island’ of Naoshima, which brings contemporary art and architecture in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea.

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ADF has traditionally introduced internationally-known architects, artists and designers to an Alaskan audience through its annual lecture series each year. With FLY BY DESIGN, we export the audience to see the work in real dimensions. We host travelers in locations around the world, connecting them to new places through architecture and design.

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META/ANC: Mapping A Northern City

An exhibition that mines housing data for urban planning opportunities, as part of Anchorage Design Weekend.

Exhibition: September 22-24
Symposium: September 23



<META/ANC> is a research project that uses the Municipality of Anchorage as a case study of northern urban planning and design. The Alaska Design Forum mapped the existing housing stock in the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) to mine for insight about:

  • historic settlement patterns
  • current land use
  • planning opportunities for future growth

The project illustrates a variety of data points individually and in combination to elicit viewer response, narratives and conclusions.

<META/ANC> will be exhibited September 22-24 at the Anchorage Museum as part of Anchorage Design Week. Look for it in the Chipperfield stair lobby (by the main entrance).


Saturday September 23rd, 4-6pm, 4th floor of museum

The Alaska Design Forum will host a symposium to discuss housing in Anchorage, with the goal of envisioning positive change.

An invited group of representatives from local organizations with diverse interests in housing will meet in a round table format and address a series of prepared questions. ADF will facilitate and provide visual resources from their Anchorage mapping project. Participating organizations include:

  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Spinell Homes
  • Lumen Design