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October 7, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
FitCityPHL 2 Thursday, October 13th | 8:30AM - 4:00PM Center for Architecture & Design | 1218 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 Register Now FitCityPHL 2 will be a full-day symposium which invites attendees to explore design strategies in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. The concept for the FitCity conference was developed in New York City 11 years ago and made its way to Philadelphia last year for the first time. We spoke with Keith Davis, AICP, LEED GA, a City Planner III at City Planning Commission (and one of the organizers of the FitCityPHL 2 Conference), about the reasoning and history behind this multidisciplinary active design conference. Where did the need to design healthier cities begin? Imagine urban life at the dawn of the 20 th Century, the end of the Victorian Era. Life was physically taxing for everyone except the wealthiest citizens. Most people walked to work and to run errands, used their muscles to earn their salaries, and even labored at home to wash clothing and prepare all meals by hand. Now fast forward through the 100 years which followed - through the evolution of the automobile, the...more
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October 5, 2016 | 2016 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
Intercurrences: Intervening Design Strategies Thursday October 6th - October 10th: 10:00AM - 6:00PM Thursday October 13th - October 16th: 10:00PM - 6:00PM Read more… Head to the Center for Architecture and Design to gain perspective on urban architecture and design of the “home” at the new Intercurrences exhibit, designed by Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, DesignPhiladelphia 2016 co-sponsors. Intercurrences , a collection of projects prepared by Philadelphia University student teams and outside collaborators, depicts aspects of urban “home” or dwelling, or urban architecture and design. These projects challenge all assumed and conventional limitations of design by using intervening design events that occur within the spatial and structural boundaries of the built environment. According to exhibition designer, Donald Dunham, AIA, Associate Director of the Master of Architecture Program, at PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment, it is through these intercurrences that designers synthesize their research and design ideation and apply their knowledge of typology, program, function, form making, planning, human behavior, construction, materials, building systems, acoustics, lighting, and sustainable tactics within the context of home/house and the built environment. Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University view design and design thinking as integral to innovation. Intercurrences captures these components...more
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photo courtesy of The Handwork Studio

October 4, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
This year, DesignPhiladelphia is offering the most programming for youngins’ yet. See below for a full list of programs that engage the next generation of designers in hands on learning and play… “A Home for Max the Dog” Read + Build Family Workshop Saturday October 8 th & October 15 th : 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design Explore the world of architecture + design with your 5-8yo child at this fun family workshop! A great introduction for young minds to the world of design, architecture, and construction. “Animal House” Design + Construct Family Workshop Saturday October 8 th & October 15 th : 1:30PM – 3:00PM @ Center for Architecture and Design Children (9-12yo) will be challenged to design and construct (with your help) a mini home for an animal of their choosing – but they’ll have to make sure the home will keep their animal happy. Sew Tech Sunday October 9th: 3:00PM - 5:00PM @ The Handwork Studio Sew Tech invites students to tinker with technology, science, and fibers to develop interactive creations. We will teach the basics of building a soft circuit using conductive thread and colorful LEDs. All supplies are included and no...more
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October 2, 2016 | 2016 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
By Chris Murray, Director of Industrial Design at Bresslergroup There’s been an ongoing debate in the design world since legendary user-centered design advocate, Don Norman (best known for penning The Design of Everyday Things), wrote a 2010 essay that began: “I've come to a disconcerting conclusion: design research is great when it comes to improving existing product categories but essentially useless when it comes to new, innovative breakthroughs.” Is this true? Which is the bigger driver of innovation in product design: technology or research? We’ll debate this during The Great Innovation Debate on October 13th, a dmiNightOut that we’re hosting during DesignPhiladelphia 2016. Research- and Tech-Based Innovation At Bresslergroup, projects often leverage either or both approaches. We divide innovation into three overlapping strategies: brand fit, insights-driven, and technology-based. The first two strategies have greater user research emphasis. Brand fit innovation tends to focus on the softer, more emotional aspects of design — aesthetics, form, color, and branding execution. Increasingly brand encompasses more experiential touchpoints to create meaningful differentiation such as digital interactions, gestures, sound, light, unique materials, and finishes. ABOVE: Research-driven product innovation Insights-driven innovation happens as a result of research uncovering consumers’ unmet needs, which then shape problem definition...more
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September 30, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
New Inside World: Light and Form Thursday October 6th 6:00PM - 9:00PM (opening reception) Friday, October 7 th : 6:00PM – 9:00PM (First Friday) Sunday October 9th: 2:00PM - 6:00PM Thursday October 13th - October 15th: 2:00PM - 6:00PM Arch Street Meeting House | 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia Learn more… This Thursday Minima, Klip Collective, and Old City District will unveil a new exhibition which explores how the cutting edge of interior design reflects, informs, and transforms our concept of the future and our lifestyle. We sat down with the organizers at Minima to get some background. Q: Minima is presenting an exhibition this year in a special, off-site location. Where exactly is this taking place? A: The site is the Arch Street Meeting House, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is full of history. The land was provided by William Penn himself in 1701, and the building was erected in 1804. There is a special feeling inside a building that’s 200+ years old, so its playing a major role in the exhibition. Q: The title is New Inside World: Light and Form. What does that mean? A: Inside world refers to interior spaces, which we believe...more