Thursday, March 18
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Seattle is one of the most dramatically engineered cities in the United States. Shaped by natural and human forces, every location where the waters and land meet holds the stories of Seattle’s development. Our Seattle waterlines echo geologic episodes and political decisions made from the time of the glacial retreat to current development projects.
Amir Sheikh co-led a Burke Museum effort to reveal the ancient ghost landscapes of Seattle. This effort called The Waterlines Project has resulted in an immersive map that chronicles major events and projects that reshaped our landscape along with other endeavors such as collaborative site-specific art installations, museum exhibits, and various visualizations to reveal the hidden environmental and urban histories of our city.
Amir Sheikh is a transdisciplinary urban environmental researcher, curator, and collaboration builder. He currently consults for a variety of cultural landscape and spatial storytelling projects. Previously, at the University of Washington, he contributed to a range of environmental modeling and urban planning projects from hyper-local scales to global development contexts, regional historical ecology and landscape history research, and the development of place-based curriculum bridging the environmental sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
Join us as Amir Sheikh presents the workings of The Waterline Project, followed by his live conversation with esteemed natural history writer David B. Willams. David also served as a collaborator for The Waterlines Project. A question and answer period will follow. This event is free and open to the public.