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October 10, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
Iconic tile provider Nemo Tile + Stone has recently opened up shop in Philadelphia’s Old City District, welcoming architects, interior designers, and design enthusiasts alike to specify the brand’s extensive selection of surfacing materials. We chatted with Nemo Tile + Stone’s Design Director, Katie Michael-Battaglia to learn a bit more about what the brand has geared up for the showroom. What made you select the Old City District location? “The Old City District is being transformed into a design destination, with prominent showrooms emerging throughout the neighborhood, which has made the location ideal for growing the Nemo Tile + Stone name in the region. Better yet, the showroom is set amongst industry compatriotes, such as Poggenpohl, providing a streamlined research and specification process for architects and interior designers.” What can Philadelphia’s design professionals expect to see at the showroom? “The showroom was designed thoughtfully, with all of Nemo Tile + Stone's customers in mind. This means the space was conceived to go beyond its duties of displaying the best in surfacing material but to also house events geared toward design professionals, home improvement enthusiasts, and contractors. The idea is to make the showroom a hub and home base for those...more
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October 8, 2019 | Press Releases, DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 8, 2019. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) this October. We are proud to be a part of a community that has empowered artists through this program for the past two decades and we look forward to many more ahead of us. Fostering meaningful interaction between artists and the public, POST promotes a greater awareness and appreciation for the creative minds that make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live, work, and visit. Philadelphia Open Studio Tours is the largest open studio tour in the region featuring hundreds of artists and community spaces—workshops, galleries, etc.—each year. A behind-the-scenes look into a day in the life of an artist, POST is an approachable and easy to navigate, self-guided tour taking place over two weekends. Each day offers the public an opportunity to explore creative spaces (free of charge) in a unique portion of the city. Participating studios and workspaces will be open from NOON to 6PM on assigned tour days. Activities include: studio visits, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, artist talks, discussions, receptions, guided tours, featured exhibitions and more. No other open studio event in the area provides such a...more
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October 8, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
Environmental cataclysms, global warming, depleting natural resources and our dependency on diminishing oil reserves beg for changes in the built environment, an area responsible for a large portion of the problems. Toxic substances are often used in the production of conventional construction materials, and at the end of their life cycle they are dumped into landfills in massive quantities. Our mission is to disrupt this cycle by bringing a product to market that requires no pesticides or herbicides to grow, no harmful chemicals to process, that can last for hundreds of years and yet biodegrade when returned back to the earth. This Hemp House On Wheels (Hemp HOW) was built to showcase the applications of hemp and its adaptability to modern design and pressing sustainability issues; it was designed and built without petroleum-based products. The walls of Hemp HOW are constructed of hempcrete, or hemplime, - a non-structural bio-composite insulation material that is cast in place around traditional wood framing. It is comprised of hemp hurds (the woody inner core of the hemp stalk), a lime-based binder, and water. These simple materials come together to form a product that is mold, mildew, rot, pest and fire-resistant. Hempcrete is typically finished,...more
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October 7, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
Penn has taken great strides to enhance its inclusive community, and has promised to strengthen existing diverse and local partnerships while creating new ones. Engaging locally is a fundamental component to President Gutmann's Penn Compact 2020 , and one expression of that engagement is Penn's economic inclusion initiatives, which provide opportunities for local individuals and businesses to participate in the economic activity of Philadelphia's largest private employer. For more than two decades, Penn has had a strategic and systematic approach to economic inclusion. In that time, the University has worked to expand economic opportunities for minorities and women in the areas of purchasing, human resources, and construction by setting annual goals for engaging local, minority, and women-owned businesses and workforce participation. Specifically, the University has taken a proactive approach by setting annual goals and developing programs and partnerships aimed at engaging the community. To begin, Penn Human Resources has hiring practices and partnerships that encourage the recruitment, retention, and development of a committed and diverse workforce. This focus is increasing employment opportunities by improving job skills and workforce capacity. The University’s Facilities and Real Estate Services division directs Penn's construction projects, with spend on larger capital projects averaging $250 million...more
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October 7, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
Coscia Moos and Keast & Hood have come together outside of the typical project design setting to partner on a maritime themed installation, titled “Expanse”. The partnership originated during the firm’s collaboration on a recent adaptive re-use project in Philadelphia. Partnering on an installation for DesignPhiladelphia gave both firms a chance to grow their relationship beyond traditional project constraints and charette through a totally different design process. As designers, Coscia Moos valued this opportunity to break out of standard building project constraints and architect role to physically create an immersive visitor experience at an intimate scale. For the structural engineers at Keast & Hood, it was an exciting opportunity to be involved in the design and concept side of a project. Leaders of both firms enjoyed giving junior members of the staff the opportunity to truly take ownership of a project from start to finish and present themselves on behalf of the company. “Teaming with Keast & Hood gave us a great opportunity to design and build an installation that visitors could walk through in order to fully appreciate. Our goal for the installation was for visitors to experience the design from both inside and out, grant them a private...more