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September 16, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Constructing Organics October 6-16 | 12:00PM - 6:00PM Park Towne Place South Tower, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Learn More Apartment Walks - Home: Collaborative Interior Design Installations Saturday October 8th - October 9th: 12:00PM - 6:00PM Thursday October 13th - October 14th: 6:00PM - 8:00PM Saturday October 15th - October 16th: 12:00PM - 6:00PM (The Apartment Walks are open to the public during the designated hours, as well as by appointment on the 6th, 8th - 16th) Learn More For years, seventeen to be exact as they approach their anniversary date this month, InLiquid Art + Design has worked toward creating opportunities for artists and breathing transformative life into spaces recreated as galleries. InLiquid’s ongoing partnership with Park Town Place Museum District Residences —providing the residences with art advisory and exhibition services—has been creating just that: opportunities for artists to exhibit and be part of permanent art collections while creating a more deeply integrated community between artists and other Philadelphians. The newly renovated apartment-complex located in the heart of the Museum District is not only a state-of-the-art living space but also a unique gallery space for Philadelphia’s cultural community. Running concurrently with DesignPhiladelphia is the exhibition Constructing Organics in their...more
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September 12, 2016 | 2016 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
PENNOVATION WORKS OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY 10/6 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM Pennovation Works 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue PART OF THE 2016 DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL Design Your Own Schedule at DESIGNPHILADELPHIA.ORG Click HERE to add this event to your 2016 Festival Schedule We connected with the project design team at Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services about the Pennovation Center Open House and how the event represents this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme: home. What does home mean to you and how does your event express it? The Pennovation Works is a new home at the University of Pennsylvania where inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and other creative minds can bring their ideas to reality. Facilities on the 23-acre site adjacent to Penn’s West Philadelphia campus offer a unique blend of offices, labs, and production space. The Pennovation Works is anchored by the Pennovation Center, a new business incubator that will provide lab space and a hub for collaboration and the exchange of ideas for innovators from all disciplines. Our October 6 event takes place in the Pennovation Center, where attendees will witness how the building’s northern façade bursts forth from the grid of the repurposed former industrial warehouse with illuminated angular panes of glass,...more
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September 12, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Most people are drawn to strong geometric shapes and color. That’s one of the reasons Playworld, a leading commercial playground equipment manufacturer committed to saving unstructured outdoor play, recently launched PlayCubes . Playcubes offers a new approach to these shapes originally introduced in the 1960s. An exclusive partnership between Playworld and Architect Richard Dattner, FAIA, has revived the use of the cuboctahedron, a geometric shape combining cubes and pyramids. Cuboctahedrons have appeared in numerous works of art and architecture throughout history. Dattner incorporated their interlocking structures into his designs for playground equipment and patented PlayCubes in 1968. Today’s PlayCubes allow designers to use one or more forms to create their own unique and beautiful play spaces. Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston is home to the company’s first installation of PlayCubes. Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to spend many hours in Boston observing the play on the new PlayCubes as well as Playworld’s PlayForm 7. I was amazed to see people of all ages from toddlers to older children – teens and both young and older adults engaged in play. Research shows that people of all ages aren’t spending enough time active outdoors,...more
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September 6, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
While you will experience amazing creative variety as you explore DesignPhiladelphia , every creative expression has one thing in common: It started with design thinking. The simple definition of design thinking is “the way designers think.” The designers behind every piece of work on display during DesignPhiladelphia — like the graphic and web designers on my team at Hollister Creative — think differently. In my view, this is due to a magical alchemy of imagination and training that enables them to envision things no one has seen before. Their minds don’t get stuck in the familiar ruts that stymie creativity. Designer brains have a HOME button that can always take them back to a blank canvas of infinite possibilities. Hollister Creative sponsored DesignPhiladelphia this year to contribute, celebrate and support design thinking. Our design team created the HOME logo on the cover of this event guide. And we paired up with University of the Arts on the Explorer track to support a UArts project that involves design thinking as a teachable process. The idea that design thinking is a process originated with Tim Brown of IDEO. He saw the possibilities in analyzing the way designers think and distilling it into...more
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September 6, 2016 | Press Releases, DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Photos are available for download at: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/press-room/images Conserving and Displaying an American Treasure: George Washington’s Headquarters Tent Philadelphia, PA, September 6, 2016 — When the Museum of the American Revolution opens on April 19, 2017, it will feature one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution: George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, which served as Washington’s office and sleeping quarters throughout much of the Revolutionary War. Preparing this one-of-a-kind artifact for display was one of the most complicated and complex preservation projects in generations. On Thursday, October 6, 2016, as part of DesignPhiladelphia 2016, a panel discussion will bring together a group of professionals who collaborated across disciplines to conserve and display this unique piece of American history. The Museum of the American Revolution’s Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming Dr. R. Scott Stephenson ; textile conservator Virginia Whelan ; and Alex Stadel , a structural engineer from Keast & Hood, will discuss the tent’s history, conservation, and the structure designed to support this priceless artifact. The event will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. at Carpenters’ Hall (320 Chestnut St.), which is steps away from the new Museum and hosted the First Continental Congress...more