Exploring the intersection of public space and homelessness


Episode 21: Sloan Dawson and Sara Zewde


Designers Sara Zewde and Sloan Dawson were startled by the differences in how homelessness was manifest in West Coast cities, including their new home in Seattle, compared to cities in the east. Surprised and disquieted by how desensitized so many residents seemed to be and how commonplace visible homelessness had become, they sought to find a creative outlet to respond to the people they saw struggling to survive. In speaking with Sara and Sloan, I started our conversation by asking, as East Coast transplants, the what did you notice about homelessness that was different on the West Coast.

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