Wezup II, an installation by Marek Ranis for the 2019 Anchorage Design Week. Courtesy Anchorage Museum.

The 2020 Anchorage Design Week will explore the idea of future landscapes through in-person and virtual events happening October 2-10. “What do communities look like? What do we need to be prepared for, and how do we prepare?” organizer Jonny Hayes says of some of the topics that will be discussed. 

This year is the week’s sixth occurrence and is a way to celebrate the local design community and engage a broader audience on design-related subjects. The annual event is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Design Forum, and AIGA Alaska. Events will include a virtual speaker series and art installations throughout the city. 

Installations, which in past years have appeared in places like the museum lawn, Kincaid Park, and the Ship Creek small boat launch, are a way to meet people in their environment and give viewers a chance to explore a familiar place through a new lens. “It sort of shines a light on different locations and communities in a positive way,” Hayes says. 


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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