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What’s coming up at Anchorage Design Week this weekend

  • Author: Devin Kelly
  • Updated: September 15, 2018
  • Published September 15, 2018

Workshops on ski logo design and electric guitars, an earring-making class, a live Minecraft battle and a series of lectures and roundtables are among the weekend events wrapping up Anchorage Design Week, a weeklong celebration of design hosted at the Anchorage Museum.

Design Week, in its fourth year, invites Anchorage residents to explore new ways of making objects and solving problems, said Julie Decker, the chief executive of the Anchorage Museum.

Some of the week's events are geared toward professional architects and designers, Decker said. But she said the rest is for a wider audience.

"(It's) easy approaches to design, where you're getting a new way of thinking and a skill set that can be applied to absolutely anything," Decker said.

One theme of this year's Design Week was gender and equity, featuring a number of women speakers and exploring topics like inclusive playgrounds, Decker said.

Saturday's workshops include a symposium on Anchorage's newly-passed laws for backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments, and a "DIY Design Workshop" on ski graphics. Featured speakers will explore topics like the future of architecture and innovation in

The lineup Sunday includes a workshop on building electric guitars and discussions about the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation in art and design. There's a planned "build battle" for Minecraft fans on large screens in the museum atrium.

Registration and fees are required for some events, while other events are free. Check out the Anchorage Museum's Design Week website for a schedule and a summary of events. Download a copy of the schedule here.

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