For all of you who couldn’t make our aLIVe event in Seward Park last weekend, Jen Graves has posted a recap the Slog

We’ve also posted the pictures from the event to the Seattle Network. You can surf them here

And our friends at SVR Design (who both sponsored and participated in the event) have posted some photos of their own. You can see them here.


Ahh Copenhagen, land of Vikings, Lego Land and Mermaids…

Did you know that urban planning students the world over dream of Copenhagen in the night? And did you know that when they wake up the next morning, they dutifully open their laptops and weave these dreams into research papers and PowerPoint presentations and master’s theses? Its true! Biking Viking

The reason of course is that Copenhagen is generally considered by professional planners and amateur wonks alike to be the poster child of sustainable urbanism the world over. It’s like Portland on steroids. For example:

  • Copenhagen has the longest pedestrian street, called Strøget, in Europe
  • Copenhagen has 2000 free cycles for visitors
  • Copenhagen has been announced as the world’s first bike city in 2008-2011
  • Copenhageners love their bike and cycle year-round, whatever the weather. They pedal more than 1.13 million kilometers a day!
  • Danes are the happiest people in the world!
  • Denmark is the country in Europe with most breweries per capita


We are pleased to announce that Great City was recently awarded a grant by the SCAN Design Foundation. Over the next year, we will work to educate, inspire and mobilize city employees, elected officials and the general public through the presentation of Danish techniques used to resolve transportation, city planning and energy issues. To kick things off we’ve created an “I Copenhagen” group on our sister site: Feel free to log in and post photos, stories, or ideas about Copenhagen and tell us what you think Seattle can learn from the great Danish Capitol.

We’re also sending a local correspondent out into the field. Ryan Miller is a Seattle University Student who will be studying abroad in Copenhagen and has offered to blog about his impressions of the City for us. Look out for regular updates about Ryan’s experiences on this blog. We look forward to your ideas and contributions in what we hope will be a collaborative cultural exchange about all things Copenhagen.

Great City.

Note: Biking Viking Image from: nualabugeye

Saturday 10am-3:30pm
Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118

Attendees are encouraged to use less environmentally harmful transportation choices to arrive at the event such as transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling and walking. Parking will be limited.


Please join us for a Great City event that promises to re-energize how we think about our transportation system. On Saturday, August 22nd a Low Impact Vehicle exhibition (aLIVe) will be at Seward Park from 10am – 3:30pm.

The term “low impact” has a dual meaning describing both the impact of a vehicle on a pedestrian, as well as the environmental impact. The implementation of low impact vehicles would generate a huge range of public benefits, including increased mobility for transit and freight.

A bicycle is a low impact vehicle, but what else can we imagine? Great City board member and artist Cheryl dos Remedios artists, inventors and community members to imagine a transportation system designed around the human body. Everything from poetry to prototypes will be on display!


Vaughn Bell, Susanna Bluhm, Clair Colquitt, Nicole Kistler, Joseph Kochanowski, Brian McAllister, meadow starts with p, Lucas Spivey, Peter Reiquam and Kristin Tollefson


  • Sustainable Ballard’s Undriver Licensing Station
  • SvR Design’s DIY LIV table and Haiku Project
  • People’s Choice Awards


  • Opening Ceremony by T’ilibshudub, 10:30am
  • Barefoot in the Park by Alex Martin, 1:00pm


4Culture, Cascade Bicycle,, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Anne McDuffie and SvR Design, in conjunction with “Healthy Parks/Healthy You”

Brought to you by Great City
Organized by Cheryl dos Remédios

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Weekend of Eco-Art activities in Seattle

August 22 and 23 is a great weekend to vacation in Seattle. There are several exciting grass roots events that promise to be both fun and meaningful. Start with aLIVe on Saturday morning. Join the Rainier Valley Sustainable Garden Tour. Then hook-up with the Bicycle Music Festival in the late afternoon or evening. Attend Arts-In-Nature at Camp Long on Sunday.

Rainier Valley Sustainable Garden Tour

Saturday 10am-4pm

Bicycle Music Festival / Seattle

Saturday 10am-11pm
Various Seattle locations, including:

  • 10am at Waterfront Park, 1300 Alaskan Way
  • 3pm at Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N.
  • 7pm at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street

2009 Arts in Nature Festival

Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm
Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW at SW Dawson St, Seattle, WA 98126
Suggested donation: $5 per person

Transit: For Camp Long: Metro bus #21, Click here for a map of Camp Long and vicinity.


Questions are welcomed! Please contact Cheryl dos Remédios, exhibition organizer This is a volunteer position, so please anticipate a response within 1-3 business days.


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