Apathy Is Not Sustainable

The Young Architects Forum is obsessive about design. This was abundantly clear when I talked with Greg Walker, Chair of the Young Architects Forum. This group believes the places we live demand creative solutions, and the best way to find solutions is to collaborate with other creatives. The Forum is involved in our community. "As young design professionals we are hyper passionate and have an energy, desire, obligation and ability to make a difference in our city and make it a more inspiring place to live," says Walker. 

The members use the term “Young” loosely to describe those who are relatively new to the professional world of art, architecture, design, planning and any other creative field. Participants in this forum are professional practicing architects, artists, urban planners, landscape architects and photographers in the traditional sense; their goal, however, is not to remain an exclusive group but rather to invite all creative souls with an eye toward design and passion for creativity. They strive to stay informed of all the positive and creative happenings of our modern world through lively, friendly and intellectually stimulating conversations, activities and events.

The Young Architects Forum best known for its Fluid Adagio Design Competion and Pecha Kucha Nights is having another event that you should check out.

"Sway'd" by winner Daniel Lyman of the 2011 Fluid Adagio Design Competition

Their next event is Sustain the Granary; a partnership with The Kentlands Initiative and Green Drinks.

When asked about the event, Walker says, "The Granary neighborhood of Salt Lake City sits just at the west edge of downtown and is on the verge of becoming something amazing, provided we all take notice. The location and existing infrastructure give this unique neighborhood an opportunity to transform. We have a belief that when joining with others like the Kentlands Initiative, SLC Green Drinks, and the community, we can make a difference to insure the Granary can become what we believe it should be....something special, something authentic, something Salt Lake."

The FREE evening kicks off with a collaborative event headed up by the Young Architects Forum, Jane’s Walk, and SLC Green Drinks who will all be touring hot spots in the Granary District. Beginning at 6:00pm at Artspace Commons (800 South 400 West), you will meet local nonprofits, gallery owners, as well as view a display of student projects from the University of Utah College of Architecture focused on the Granary District. From there you can visit the heart of it all, The Kentlands Initiative's Block Party, where a city street will be transformed with food trucks, live music, and modified shipping containers to get a flavor of the people who live, work, and play here. The next stop will be Level 9 Sports, where a warehouse has been transformed into a beautiful space that you simply must see. Finally you have the opportunity to meet Jorge, and tour the repurposed manufacturing warehouse he uses to create all the amazing food we love from Rico’s, as well as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Salt Lake...Frida Bistro.

When the tours, block party and other activities shut down and the sun sets, the party begins! In the warehouse space behind Frida Bistro, the Young Architects Forum will host two of Salt Lake's best DJs who will mix to some of the most talented up-and-coming photographers in town with a performance piece showcasing one-of-a-kind photographs of the Granary District captured specifically for this event. And, of course, there’ll be Frida’s incomparable tapas, margaritas and mexican lagers.

This night promises to be an incredible, informative and inspiring night.

For a quick look at the Young Architects Forum watch this video

This post was originally published on utahstyleanddesign.com.