The FutureShack 2011 event takes place Sept. 20 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Launched three years ago as a means to open discourse and forge understanding between design professionals and the public, FutureShack focuses on ways that residential architecture (in all forms and building types) improves quality of life through innovative design. Each year, AIA Seattle invites architects to submit projects that demonstrate creative solutions for the way we live as well as consideration for the ways we want to live. Projects are reviewed by a panel of design professionals and design-minded members of the public. At the Sept. 20 event, renderings and floor plans will be displayed and used to initiate friendly debate on the benefits of high-quality residential design and its effect on our lifestyles, well-being, and social interaction. In addition to the FutureShack discussion, a “Speed-Date-Design” program pairs architects and public attendees together for seven-minute sessions to address individual design questions.

All projects can be viewed on the FutureShack website and selected submittals will be featured in a cover story by the Seattle TimesPacific Northwest Magazine. General admission for the live event opens at 5 p.m. PST on Sept. 20. Cost is $15 or $5 for students with ID.