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May 2, 2019 | From our Friends
With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign , located in both Manhattan’s Terminal Stores in Chelsea and Brooklyn’s Industry City, is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. As the only independent show based in NYC during NYCxDESIGN, WantedDesign will continue to nurture New York City’s design dialogue through events, conversations, workshops and exhibitions. WantedDesign Manhattan (May 18-21), held at the Terminal Stores in the Chelsea neighborhood, will showcase the following: Look Book , presented with Surface magazine, is a program dedicated to North American independent studios that will showcase 10 high-end designers and makers; American Design Honors in partnership with Bernhardt Design will recognize American designer Arielle Assouline-Lichten Principal and Founder of Slash Objects; Launch Pad , presented with Design Milk and lounge sponsor EQ3, will debut international designers to the American market in two categories, lighting and furniture; Wanted Interiors , with American Standard and Pratt design students, will focus on the Future of Water, exploring users and energy efficiency, innovative solutions for the near future and new bathroom systems for sustainable and healthier residential housing; Plus a selection of exhibits coming from all over the...more
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September 29, 2018 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2018 Festival, From our Friends, Press Releases
WHAT: Join us for an exclusive first look at a unique joint design showhouse from 36 Craven and Millésimé in advance of opening its doors to the public as part of the 2018 DesignPhiladelphia festival. Transforming every room of one of Philadelphia’s iconic 18th century homes on Elfreth’s Alley into a modern 21st century dwelling, the venture aims to showcase how antique décor can be curated alongside modern living. The house is filled with unique pieces and “Instagrammable” moments for a thoughtful and sensory experience. WHO: Owner of 36 Craven & President of Elfreth’s Alley Association, Neil Frauenglass + Owner of Millésimé, Jinous Kazemi WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 10 a.m.- Noon, Mimosas and light bites will be served WHERE: Elfreth’s Alley, 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106 About Elfreth’s Alley: Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating to 1702. As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between 1728 and 1836. The Elfreth's Alley Museum is located at #124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark. Located in the Old City neighborhood, it is between North 2nd Street and North Front Street, in the block between Arch and Race Streets...more
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Heidi Segall Levi of Community Design Collaborative (right) and Rachel Hildebrandt of Partners for Sacred Places talk about potential uses for the main sanctuary in Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

August 8, 2018 | From our Friends, Explore + Learn
Learn about the new Sacred Places/Civic Spaces initiative from our colleagues at the Community Design Collaborative , office mates of ours here at the Center for Architecture and Design. We're very proud of the important work they're doing to strengthen Philadelphia neighborhoods! By Susan Richardson for WHYY | July 17, 2018 What a difference a good conversation can make. Sometimes all you need is the right prompt. It was an inspired prompt from Cara Ferrentino at the William Penn Foundation that led to the conversation between Partners for Sacred Places and the Community Design Collaborative . That’s the chat that led, in turn, to Infill Philadelphia 2018: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces . As with many good conversations, it wasn’t the first between the two groups; Partners and the Collaborative already had a solid track record of collaboration and complementarity. It was that track record that simply invited the natural next step of their work together. Most older neighborhoods in a historic cities have, say, a library or school. But as you wander Philly neighborhoods, you’ll also find an abundance of sacred buildings. Often beautiful, centrally located, and designed for communal use, many of those beautiful walls nonetheless housed empty space that...more
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June 25, 2018 | From our Friends
Dear CHADvocate : Thank you on behalf of the Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD). Since our founding, August 31st, 1999, we have enjoyed a proud history of commitment to the success of our school, displayed last Thursday by those who joined us at the School District of Philadelphia. You may already be aware that the School Reform Commission (SRC) held a meeting, June 21st, 2018 at 1:00 PM, and voted to recommend the issuance of a non-renewal notice to be delivered to CHAD and begin the non-renewal process of our charter. What does this mean for the future of CHAD? CHAD is still open and will remain open for the foreseeable future. Summer Session will begin on Monday, June 25th, 2018, and regularly scheduled school will commence as planned for the Fall 2018 term. We ask that you remain steadfast as we restore the Architecture & Design Charter High School to its original mission and principles. We are counting on students, parents, and staff, to step up to the plate, and take ownership of our future. To the more than 1,500 supporters who signed the circulated petition – Now is the time to join with us in...more
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June 19, 2018 | From our Friends
Dear CHADvocate, I am writing to inform you regarding CHAD (The Charter High School for Architecture + Design) and its Charter status. Earlier this year, CHAD applied for renewal of its Charter. After review, the Charter School Office of the School District of Philadelphia is recommending that CHAD’s Charter not be renewed. The Charter office is making their evaluation based on a recently formulated statistical rubric. We believe this rubric does not tell CHAD’s full story since its existence in 1999. The Charter Office’s recommendation is an initial step in a long process. CHAD has an opportunity to make its case for reversing or delaying this recommendation at an upcoming School Reform Commission meeting on Thursday, June 21st at 4:30pm. If necessary, CHAD is also preparing to fight this recommendation in the courts, which could take a number of years. By law, CHAD is allowed to continue operations and educating its students as usual during the entire time this process is ongoing. CHAD has taken necessary steps to get back on track. Yesterday, CHAD’s Board of Trustees voted to change leadership. The new interim CEO, Jacqueline Barnett will be guiding CHAD’s mission and ensuring our school is not only in...more