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mischer'traxler photo credit: Eva Engelbert

January 30, 2015

Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form Studio mischer‘traxler. Based in Vienna, they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking. Next month, the University of the Arts' Industrial Design Program hosts the team for a lecture and multi-day workshop: from abstract to specific - turning themes into design projects.

January 29, 2015

Fresh off its 10th anniversary celebration, DesignPhiladelphia is back and planning to make an even bigger impact in 2015. This year's Festival will kick off the evening of October 8th with programming running from October 8-16th. To get your creative juices flowing and inspire you in planning experiences that demonstrate the power of design - this year's theme is SHIFT - as in: a shift in perspective, shifting into motion, or a transformation/change.

January 23, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania's 2015 Integrated Product Lecture will feature Richard Saul Wurman on the evening of February 2, 2015 in the lower gallery of Meyerson Hall (210 South 34th Street).

Goldtex Building – high end housing comes to old Chinese neighborhood. Courtesy of Joseph G. Brin

January 19, 2015

You don't have to wrack your brains when a completed puzzle box image is your guide. No one has any idea what the newly assembled urban puzzle of Philadelphia's Chinatown will look like, yet three big pieces, seemingly mismatched in size, shape, and purpose, have emerged. Walking the city from one puzzle piece to the next, you begin to grasp the challenge. Connections between these geographically separate pieces are genuine and promising, yet more conceptual than physical. Their power to catalyze and unify must be born out in time. In October, DesignPhiladelphia 2014 revealed in a public forum that, starting this year, a puzzle comprised of a community center with housing (The Tower), a derelict alleyway (The Alley/Pearl St.), and an old railway viaduct (The Rail Park) will begin to dramatically transform and, in ways preserve, an ethnic neighborhood dating back to 1870.

January 14, 2015

What is Resilience?

Courtesy of Phillyist.com

January 9, 2015

With a focus on human-centered design and design for sustainability, the Product Design graduate program at UArts explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from both a regional and a global perspective, taking particular advantage of the resurgent Philadelphia metropolitan region as a laboratory and an available set of case studies. New digital fabrication tools and rapid prototyping processes are explored within the cultural, environmental and business contexts that shape these ongoing developments.

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 16, 2014

Take a look back at 2014!

December 15, 2014

The 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge asked students from around the world to reimagine how Petty Island - an uninhabited, 292-acre island located in the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden, NJ curren

December 11, 2014

Judith Rodin, PhD | President, The Rockefeller Foundation