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Urban Wood Design Competition Logo
July 21, 2021 | Press Releases, Design Competitions
Using wood from Fairmount Park to create prototype furniture for Philly Pools The Center for Architecture and Design (“Center”) today announced a call for submissions for a furniture design competition in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) and Mayor Kenney’s Rebuild initiative to bring this opportunity to local designers and fabricators. The competition challenges designers to design and/or fabricate pool furnishings using urban wood from PPR’s Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center. The goal of this Competition is to use local materials and talent to create innovative, affordable, durable furniture for use by Philadelphia residents who visit public pools. The competition will utilize the Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Recreation Center pool, located at 2101-35 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 as the prototype site. “We are excited to be part of this innovative partnership with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City’s Rebuild program. The Fairmount Park urban forestry program produces local wood that is currently an untapped resource. To demonstrate the diversity of species and quality of wood that is available for use in our own backyard, we are tapping into the creativity and talent of our local design community to come up with solutions...more
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Richard Davies, Esq., Hon. AIA

Center for Architecture and Design Chairman of the Board, Richard Davies, Esq., Hon. AIA

April 16, 2021 | Center News, Explore + Learn
I have had the privilege of being the Chair of the Center for Architecture and Design since 2017. During my first year, it was a priority for the organization to complete a strategic plan, and to make reigniting its languishing Architecture in Education program (now the “Architecture + Design Education Program”) a significant element of that plan. It was clear to me that we needed a strategic plan that clarified our values and streamlined our existing programs so that our small, yet mighty, staff could find the time, energy and messaging needed to get our Architecture + Design Education Program back up-and-running. I am proud to say that we have accomplished that, and more. The strategic planning process provided the basis and motivation for re-establishing the program with the simple and powerful value statement: “We believe all students should have access to design education.” Yet not all students have equal access to such an education. 2020 taught us all many lessons, but perhaps most important is that the inequality of access to the education, tools and opportunities for personal growth in our society is institutional and pervasive We must be intentional and persistent about dismantling that inequality and it seemed...more
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DesignPhilly Save the Date
May 7, 2020 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2020 Festival, Center News
Thank you to all who joined our call last week to hear about our “Plan B” for DesignPhiladelphia 2020. In case you missed the call, here are the highlights: What We Are Planning: The Festival is still happening, October 7-18, 2020. The programming will be all virtual. If we can gather, then we will re-evaluate, but for now. It’s all virtual. Programming Deadline to Submit is June 29, 2020. Collaboration with other organizations and design festivals around the world. Focused Virtual Best in Emerging Design Competition + Exhibition Signature Virtual Programs on select festival evenings with breakout “room” experiences What We are Looking For: Event Partners to provide cool, engaging, educational content, like: Virtual Tours (live or video) At Home Experiences (folks sign up in advance and pick up materials to follow along) Talks + Panel Discussions Virtual Exhibitions We are open to physical exhibitions in our space at the Center for Architecture and Design, and if we can’t allow people in to experience them, we will make 360-degree photos of the exhibits for folks to experience. Window Displays to allow for Design Walks (even if people can’t gather and if they can…GREAT!) Curating the following Exhibits for this Year...more
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Rich Davies, President, Center for Architecture and Design
May 1, 2020 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2020 Festival, Center News, Buzz About the Center
Help us continue our programming this fall and keep our doors open and accessible to everyone. Dear Friends, Over the past month, all of us have been adapting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives, our work, and our homes. We have talked with hundreds of you and will continue to hear your stories and share ours because although it's perhaps cliché at this is true. We will only get through this together. We certainly miss seeing all of your faces at the Center for Architecture and Design - over the past 12 years, 1218 Arch Street has become this tremendous gathering place and in the process has created a culture that supports the larger design community. As many of you know, the Center relies heavily on private rentals to keep the lights on and keep the Center open and accessible to everyone. With the ban on gathering and social distancing requirements, that rental income has completely evaporated this year. Members of the Board of Directors of The Center for Architecture and the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA have committed to match, up to $10,000, the donations you make on or before #GivingTuesdayNow , May 5th...more
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Jefferson - Park in a Truck

Best in Design finalist, Jefferson's Park in a Truck.

August 7, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival, Exhibitions
Now in its second year, DesignPhiladelphia’s Best in Design challenge asks regional designers and design companies to submit innovative, high-quality products or design solutions that make life better. This year, our jury had an incredibly difficult decision to make, and we are happy to announce our seven finalists. You can learn more about each finalist's entry on the DesignPhiladelphia website . Let's Meet the 2019 Finalists CoLab Philadelphia : Building Healthier Communities Through Creative Placemaking Hapti : A wearable fitness tracker for runners that provides real-time feedback information via an intuitive haptic language Loyalty Leather : Handcrafted bags to accompany you on your lifelong journey-hand painted classic silhouettes Pippy Sips : A better way to store and cool breastmilk Rekindling : Promoting conversation within families affected by cancer Smart Adaptive Clothing : easy fasten | effortless style | changing lives daily Thomas Jefferson University : “Park in a Truck” is a simple, fast and cost-effective community effort that beautifies our neighborhoods, one lot at a time. This year’s jury panel of esteemed designers and design enthusiasts includes: Kurt Dammermann, Senior Technical Director, Mechanical Engineering, at Bresslergroup Michelle Histrand, Director of Innovation, Independence Blue Cross Lisa Roberts*, Design Collector, Promoter, and...more