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October 2, 2013
October 10 | 7:00PM to 11:00PM (opening reception) 3rd Ward Philly 1227 North 4th Street Free and open to the public. Exhibit on view through October 31 Join 3rd Ward for the opening reception of a group exhibition highlighting the 3rd Ward interpretation of sense inspired craftsmanship; including works by the talented instructors and staff at 3rd Ward, including Stephanie Santos, The Volta Organics, Jessa Stevens, and Chris Winterstein.
September 30, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. This year's theme, EXPERIENCEdesign! promises to spark emotions and engage the senses with opportunities to see, touch, smell, hear, and even taste the design that surrounds us. As part of the 2013 Festival Event Guide, we asked five notable thinkers to consider how each of the five senses informs design.
September 30, 2013
inciteXchange is about the magic that happens when people share ideas. It brings together different voices, different perspectives and different disciplines to inspire, to connect, and to incite change. The event is organized by Fox School of Business' Center for Design+Innovation with the University of the Arts. inciteXchange will offer nine rapid-fire presentations by thought leaders on "Back to Basics: Food, Clothing and Shelter." See how they are challenging the status quo to redefine education, nutrition, agriculture, urban health and wellbeing, culture and identity in ways that are anything but basic.
September 27, 2013
For years The Arts Garage has been providing a venue for artists, designers, and performers of all pedigree to express themselves in an environment catered for creative minds. Over the past few months, the Arts Garage has been under a complete renovation and expansion designed to better serve Philadelphia's Creative Community. Ola Solanke, executive director, says, "The Arts Garage has always been committed to serving the artistic community of Philadelphia, and in order to do that better we have revamped the entire space. We invite the community to come and see the new space and spend the week with us. We'll be serving up drinks and music while designers and artists will be onsite showcasing their talent."
September 26, 2013
The University City Science Center is celebrating 50 years of nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The research park, founded in 1963, is America’s oldest and largest urban research park and, according to its website, boasts over 350 graduate companies. To celebrate this milestone, the Science Center will be holding a 50th anniversary reception at the Hotel Monaco. The climax of the evening will be the unveiling of the Innovators Walk of Fame, honoring the Philadelphia region’s history of innovation. Science Center President & CEO, Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., says “The future of innovation will rely on a talented workforce that is well-versed in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At the Science Center, we believe that it’s important to add Art to the equation – turning STEM into STEAM.
September 25, 2013
For DesignPhiladelphia 2013, Minima is looking towards the future. The shop/gallery, which was opened in 1999 by Eugenie Perret and Juliette Brody in Philadelphia's Old City, has become the area's preeminent source for all things modern. The cutting edge contemporary furniture showroom will be hosting an exhibition entitled Design + Self Manufacturing: How the World Will Change, along with a series of demonstrations and workshops meant to explore the fast changing world of fabrication technology and the social implications of how 3D printing, accessible to the masses, will change the future. Perret explains, "We like to be design frontiers. This will be the next industrial revolution." The exhibition, which is on view the length of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 10-18, will include an opening reception the evening of October 11th. Minima hopes the exhibition and accompanying events will spark the public's interest and light a creative force behind this cutting edge change to the design industry. Perret thinks in the near future we are going to be living in 3D printed houses, situated in 3D printed cities!
September 24, 2013
Join Natalie Nixon, PhD, Director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University; Alex Hillman, Indy Hall; Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media; Phil Charron, Think Brownstone; Jeff Friedman, New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia; and Adel Abeid, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia for Service Jam: Brainstorming a Better Philadelphia Through One of the 5 Senses. A&G, the digital branding agency at 1619 Walnut, has graciously donated their space to host the event.
September 23, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia Festival Guidebooks Now Available In Print and Online at designphiladelphia.org The 9th Annual Festival kicks-off with PopUp Place, Wednesday, Oct. 9
September 23, 2013
Join LAGOS at their Rittenhouse Square store to experience the jewelry designs of Steven Lagos. For DesignPhiladelphia 2013, the store is planning a mini-expo featuring the fabrication process of the new Bold Caviar collection. They are also offering complimentary champagne and light refreshments. Sunday’s demonstration will illustrate the artistry and craft unique to the creation of LAGOS jewelry. According to the company’s website, “The artistry of Caviar is best captured through its creative process. It takes hundreds of tiny steps to complete the many facets of a single Caviar creation.” Guests will witness this process first-hand; from the initial sketch to hand-crafted wax molds and casting to presentation of the final piece. Janice Wright Waitkus, store director of community relations, tells me that she hopes those who attend will get a better understanding of, “the true art and craft of the most personal form of art – jewelry.”
September 20, 2013
Students and faculty from the Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of the Arts traveled abroad this summer to initiate design projects in two very exciting and challenging locales in collaboration with local stakeholders there. Professor Mike McAllister and Professor Will McHale accompanied a group of undergraduate design students to Ndabibi, Kenya to continue an ongoing design collaboration with a local farmer and community leader, which expanded to address issues impacting the entire local community. Projects emerged that dealt with food preservation, understanding how rural Kenyans access and use water, problems with beginning female menstruation disrupting women's education, alternative cooking and fuel use, and sanitation and prevention of disease. Graduate students with Professor Jonas Milder and Professor Jeremy Beaudry from the Master of Industrial Design program traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to initiate a design research project investigating the translation of design methods and tools across cultures through the exploration of trust as experienced in the daily lives of Beirut citizens. Through co-design workshops, focused fieldwork, and rapid prototyping, the MID team worked with Lebanese students and designers to explore the shifting definition and application of design methods and tools in the Beirut context.