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Presentation of the award

CFA board member, Anne Papageorge, and AIA President, Jim Rowe, present Lord Norman Foster with the 2015 Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award.

June 23, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

February 18, 2015

Ever wonder how Philadelphia became the city it is today?

The Center for Architecture's engaging 10-part lecture series, Building Philadelphia, investigates the social, political, economic, and design trends that contributed to Philadelphia's development. Each talk is led by renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians; and cover topics including major urban planning projects, like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill, Philadelphia's impressive palette of architectural styles, and the city's immigrant history.

December 23, 2014

Head to the Center for Architecture on the evening of January 6, 2015, from 6-8pm for a presentation, panel discussion, and booksigning celebrating The Science of Play.

December 11, 2014

Judith Rodin, PhD | President, The Rockefeller Foundation

July 24, 2014
Visit the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education this Saturday for the unveiling of the completed LandLab installation. LandLab is a new artist residency program launched this Spring. The program - a joint project of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists - operates to connect artist creation with ecological restoration and education. The result of LandLab will be an innovative, art-based installations that prevent or remediate environmental damage while raising public awareness about our local ecology.
July 22, 2014
PAFA presents David Lynch: The Unified Field
on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The Unified Field is the first major US museum exhibition of David Lynch, who attended PAFA briefly in the 60's, featuring works from all periods of the filmmaker’s career: approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to present, many of which have rarely or never been shown to the public.
July 21, 2014
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Join CreativeMornings at PAFA for this month's lecture, Heritage, with Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers from The Heads of State, an award-winning Philadelphia-based design studio. Click here to read more about The Heads of State.
July 15, 2014
The Curated Home is an installation of furniture, art, and decoration curated by Val Nehez of Ennis Nehez and Michael Garden of CITYSPACE at 503 Fairmount. Click here to learn more. Visit Curated Home for an open house this weekend, July 19-20, from 12-2PM.
July 15, 2014
The 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, dubbed Brave New Voices, is coming to Philadelphia this week. Read more about BNV on the web here. The week of events, celebrating and challenging creative approaches to literary arts education and literacy development in young people, culminates this weekend with Hoodstock, presented in partnership with Philadelphia Urban Creators. This event will feature discussions and learning opportunities on gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism. Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food grown by Philadelphia Urban Creators. Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Astronauts Really Fly, among others.
July 11, 2014
Join artist Ben Volta and members of the Restorative Justice Guild program for the dedication of Amplify, a mural that mimics sounds projecting from a gramophone and amplifying as it moves across the wall. Guild members explored and extensively photographed the Union Transfer building and collectively developed a unique design reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice. Enjoy live music, tasty summer treats, and more at this special event.