You’re Invited: SLDW ’23

Epicenter is excited to announce our participation in this year’s Salt Lake Design Week in partnership with Field Studio! Join us at Woodbine Food Hall on Tuesday, October 24th from 6-8PM for a book release, film screening, work by Epicenter, and an exhibition of design research and work by Field Studio students:

  • Epicenter’s book Why This Place?: A Future-Forward Retrospective is a non-exhaustive (yet 200 page) exploration of the uncharted territory we have mapped in our first decade of work with the twofold goal of elevating the underrecognized design work being done in rural places and self-reflection and analysis.
  • Come Home to Green River, a film by Chris Merchant, captures the collaborative culture of Epicenter through the magic of our 2022 Spring Summit. The film will be screened at 7PM inside the food hall and has a 12 minute running time.
  • Students in the Division of Multi-disciplinary Design Field Studio, working with Epicenter this semester, will be exhibiting recent work exploring design interventions for Green River’s unique opportunities–and universal rural challenges–such as tourism, housing, public spaces, and more.




Unable to attend?
Consider purchasing a ticket anyway—
all revenue from the event goes directly to support Epicenter’s charitable mission.


The event is still seeking sponsors. Contact Maria Sykes for details 435-564-3330 or via email.



Headquartered in the small town of Green River, Utah, Epicenter stewards creative initiatives that combine art, architecture, and rural investment in order to build a more resilient, equitable, and vibrant local community. Epicenter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded and led by architectural designers and artists. Learn more at and follow Epicenter @ruralandproud on Instagram.

FIELD STUDIO (Division of Multi-disciplinary Design, College of Architecture & Planning, University of Utah)
Field Studio, developed by Assistant Professor Elpitha Tsoutsounakis, brings together diverse community partners to inform management, stewardship, and experience in public lands and rural places through education, design research, and product design. Learn more at and follow @uofu_design on Instagram.

Salt Lake Design Week (SLDW) celebrates and promotes the impact of all design in Utah. By providing a forum for designers, business professionals, students, and the general public to interact, collaborate, and learn from each other, SLDW builds a stronger creative community. SLDW is inclusive of all people and disciplines, including graphic, digital, product, fashion, photography, architecture, interior, and more. From October 23-27, 2023, we will celebrate Utah creatives and promote the impact of design throughout the state and beyond. Learn more at and follow SLDW @sldesignweek on Instagram.