Seattle World's Fair Anniversary http://www.kplu.org en Update: The 'Trees' design wins Space Needle contest http://www.kplu.org/post/update-trees-design-wins-space-needle-contest <p>The contest for designing the top of the Seattle Space Needle went from six choices to one - trees.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:18:35 +0000 Jake Ellison 6549 at http://www.kplu.org Update: The 'Trees' design wins Space Needle contest Why build a wall out of Jell-O? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-build-wall-out-jell-o <p>Just steps away from the Monorail station at the Seattle Center, a wall is being constructed out of Jell-O.&nbsp; A lightweight mortar holds the raspberry, orange and blackberry fusion "bricks" in place.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The Jell-O brick wall is the work of sculptors Lisa Hein and Robert Seng. It was commissioned as part of the 50 year celebration of the Seattle World's Fair. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:56:02 +0000 Paula Wissel 6116 at http://www.kplu.org Why build a wall out of Jell-O? House of the future built at Seattle Center http://www.kplu.org/post/house-future-built-seattle-center <p>A new two-story home is under construction near the Space Needle at the Seattle Center.</p><p>Called the "House of the Immediate Future," it's part of the "Next 50" anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:09:29 +0000 The Associated Press 6108 at http://www.kplu.org House of the future built at Seattle Center #topthis – Public to design the Space Needle’s top http://www.kplu.org/post/topthis-public-design-space-needle-s-top <p></p><p>The roof of Seattle's iconic Space&nbsp;Needle was repainted on Tuesday with the message "top this" to promote a new contest in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:15:25 +0000 The Associated Press 6073 at http://www.kplu.org #topthis – Public to design the Space Needle’s top 5 technologies Seattle-area kids say will rule education http://www.kplu.org/post/5-technologies-seattle-area-kids-say-will-rule-education <p>Fifty years ago a group of Seattle students were asked to make predictions about the &ldquo;classroom of the future,&rdquo; as part of the <a href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&amp;File_Id=2290">1962 Century 21 World&rsquo;s Fair</a>. They came back with <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017984231_thirdgraders15m.html">a mixed bag</a>: phones that fit in your pocket? Check. Flying cars? Still waiting. (None mentioned high-stakes tests, Lunchables or Wikipedia.)</p><p>This year as part of <a href="http://www.thenextfifty.org">the fair&rsquo;s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary</a>, the Seattle Center asked students to make their own predictions about what school will look like 50 years from now.</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5839 at http://www.kplu.org 5 technologies Seattle-area kids say will rule education Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video) http://www.kplu.org/post/tucson-man-wins-space-trip-space-needle-contest-video <p>Gregory Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., has won a trip to space in celebration of the Seattle Space Needle&#39;s 50th anniversary.</p><p>He beat out five finalists in Seattle this week for some final competitions. (Video of the event after the jump.)</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:41:57 +0000 Jake Ellison 4972 at http://www.kplu.org Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video) Why does Seattle still care about the World's Fair? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-does-seattle-still-care-about-worlds-fair <p>The Seattle World’s Fair – which opened 50 years ago this weekend – was pretty small on the global scale, compared to later World’s Fairs in Montreal or Vancouver, B.C., or Seville, Spain. It would seem tiny next to the immense Exposition in Shanghai in 2010.<br><br>But the memories of 1962 burn strong for those who attended. And historians and civic leaders say the legacy still matters today.<br><br>Even if you're brand-new to Seattle, you might have heard that once upon a time there was a World’s Fair here. Maybe, you even learned about it on an elevator ride – to the top of the 605-foot Space Needle.</p><p><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-does-seattle-still-care-about-worlds-fair"><strong>Read more ...</strong></a><br> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:16:31 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4812 at http://www.kplu.org Why does Seattle still care about the World's Fair? 'Next 50' is meant to remind you to check-out Seattle Center http://www.kplu.org/post/next-50-meant-remind-you-check-out-seattle-center <p>Fifty years ago this weekend Seattle kicked off it&rsquo;s biggest event ever -- the Century-21 World Exposition. Now, city leaders are hoping the public will come check-out what the fairgrounds have become, the city&#39;s arts campus.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle Center now attracts more visitors per year than the World&rsquo;s Fair did during its six-month run. That&rsquo;s partly thanks to some major events, such as Bumbershoot and the Folklife Festival, as well as concerts in Key Arena.</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:20:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4811 at http://www.kplu.org 'Next 50' is meant to remind you to check-out Seattle Center 5 fiascos of the Seattle World's Fair http://www.kplu.org/post/5-fiascos-seattle-worlds-fair <p>By <a href="http://crosscut.com/account/knute_berger/">Knute Berger</a> of <a href="http://crosscut.com/">Crosscut</a></p><p>As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World&#39;s Fair, it&#39;s time to remember some of the crimes and blunders that went along with it. Some even launched new industries.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:26:21 +0000 KPLU 4501 at http://www.kplu.org 5 fiascos of the Seattle World's Fair Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection http://www.kplu.org/post/revisit-century-21-through-seattle-librarys-online-collection <p>Where were you in &#39;62?</p><p>Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World&#39;s Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the <a href="http://cdm15015.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/index_p15015coll3.php?CISOROOT=/p15015coll3">Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection</a>&nbsp;online for all to see.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:47:54 +0000 Dave Meyer 2448 at http://www.kplu.org Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court http://www.kplu.org/post/improvements-planned-seattle-center-food-court <p>It looks like the Seattle Center Food Court will soon be run by a concessionaire that has current contracts with Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle Center has announced a letter-of-intent with Lancer Hospitality.&nbsp;</p><p>The space was built originally as an armory, completed in 1939.&nbsp; Located at the base of the Space Needle, it was famous in the 1970s for the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbleator">Bubbleator</a> amusement ride (now in Burien) and for at that time newfangled food attractions, such as Orange Julius smoothies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:25:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 896 at http://www.kplu.org Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court Fun Forest future undecided http://www.kplu.org/post/fun-forest-future-undecided <p>The decision about what will replace the Fun Forest at Seattle Center is still up in the air. This fall, a review panel <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012925681_chihuly18m.html">recommended</a> converting it into an exhibition space celebrating local glass artist Dale Chihuly.</p><p>That proposal promises millions in much-needed revenue. But the backers of several other ideas haven’t given up hope.</p><p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:15:48 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 344 at http://www.kplu.org Fun Forest future undecided Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57 http://www.kplu.org/post/ferris-wheel-plans-pit-seattle-center-against-pier-57 <p>A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle.&nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle Center has <a href="http://www.seattlecenter.com/news/detail.asp?me_medianum=1734">announced</a>&nbsp; it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.&nbsp; It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:43:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 337 at http://www.kplu.org Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57