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April 17, 2014
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is hosting a sneak preview of Cool Spaces!, a new TV show hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, which will explore how architects use innovative technologies and traditional design skills to shape the world around us. On the evening of May 1st, Stephen Chung, AIA will be on hand to field questions from the audience after an on-site screening of episode #3: Art Spaces, which features Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The full Cool Spaces! series will premiere on WHYY TV 12 on May 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
March 31, 2014
Speaker, Eric Smith, will tackle the topic of: SEX! Eric Smith is the author of the Geek's Guide to Dating, a fabulous guide to geek courtship, love and all things that lead from there. It is also a beautiful book decorated with lush and hilarious 8-Bit graphics. This event is free at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, but space is limited and advanced tickets are required.
March 27, 2014
TEDxPhiladelphia will present a daylong multidisciplinary conference championing great ideas, bringing together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to examine the 2014 conference theme “The New Workshop of the World.” The event will be held at Temple Performing Arts Center, one of our city’s premiere venues, located at 1837 North Broad Street on Temple University’s campus. As of today, it's sold out - BUT on the day of a live video webcast of speaker talks will be available to anyone with an internet connection. Or you can attend a free webcast viewing party on the conference day at one of many unique spaces across the city; The Center for Architecture being one of them!
March 19, 2014
On the Rise features work by the 2013 Philadelphia Emerging Architect Prize winning firm, Stanev Potts Architects, and the 2013 Young Architect Prize winners, Brian Szymanik and Denise Thompson. Join AIA Philadelphia at the Center for Architecture for food, drink, friends, and fun to celebrate the opening of the 2014 On The Rise exhibition. As always, this opening reception is FREE! At 6:30pm, Petra Stanev and Stephan Potts will discuss a core of projects showing the range of their firm's work and interests; from a focus on form, surface and light as a visceral experience to a commitment to merging emerging technologies such as 3-D printing, rapid prototyping and off-site fabrication with traditional production methods.
March 6, 2014
John Gallery, Former Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, investigates William Penn's plans for the grand city in his colony of Pennsylvania. Did you know that Pennsylvania was given to William Penn's father by the King of England to pay off a personal debt? It remains the largest grant of land to an individual in history.
March 3, 2014
In REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason explore today's most popular cultural design trends and how they can fit into the modern interior. On March 20, Hays and Mason will continue the discussion! Join them with panelists Craig Wilson of Gallery 51, Jamila Payne of Soul Purpose Company and Sharne Algotsson, author of The Spirit of African Design, as they explore the hidden meanings woven into today's most popular cultural accessories from throughout the African Diaspora and the various ways that contemporary African American decor styles incorporate and build on those meanings in modern homes and interiors.
February 27, 2014
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture's "Building Philadelphia" lecture series starts March 26th and runs ten Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan for Philadelphia, archeology and preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city.
February 25, 2014
Last week, John Claypool, FAIA announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture later this year. Claypool has served as Executive Directori of the AIA Philadelphia since 2001 and spearheaded the relocation of the Chapter and opening of the Center for Architecture in 2008. AIA Philadelphia (the Chapter) serves as the voice of the architectural profession in Greater Philadelphia, is a resource for its members’ professional development, and is a vehicle for their service to society. In these roles it engages government and thought leaders in respect to policies affecting the built environment and public space. It advances new ideas and supports the members’ continuing education to improve architectural practice, and it promotes the members’ interests in matters affecting the business and legal context of professional practice.
February 14, 2014
DEGREES OF DESIGN is the Center for Architecture's annual exhibition featuring the work from Philadelphia's Architecture + Design Schools. Each year, the exhibit showcases the creative work happening in Philadelphia under the guidance of the educators at our local architecture and design schools. The participating schools each choose a selection of student work from various design departments within their institutions. The work - ranging from architecture to interior design to urban planning and landscape architecture - represents the diversity of the instructional theories, philosophies, and teaching techniques of each school.
February 4, 2014
The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014. The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. Last year, over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. This year, guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. Stay tuned for details.