Top 20 DesignPhiladelphia Picks for Architects

September 21, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival

Architecture is always a key component in DesignPhiladelphia programming and this year there are a bevy of fascinating events that will provoke new avenues of thought and inspire excellence in architects, students, and enthusiasts alike. Here are some events that are sure to strike a chord with the designers of our built environment:

  1. 2016 Storefront Challenge Awards Celebration
    Thursday October 6th | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
    Help us celebrate the winners of this citywide contest—and meet the people behind the storefront facades that are making Philly a great place to live. More Info
  2. [email protected] presents THE BEACON in collaboration with Jenny Sabin Studio: Spotlight on The Rail Park
    October 6th -16th | 24/7
    THE BEACON will respond to diverse and multi generational users via a free app, which will ask users a different health question each day; the real-time results will alter THE BEACON’s surface behavior, and these data will be used to radically redesign healthcare. More Info
  3. Finding, Conserving, and Supporting George Washington’s Headquarters Tent
    Thursday October 6th | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Listen in on a panel celebrating the collaboration of a diverse group of professionals across disciplines who worked together to conserve and display a unique piece of American history; George Washington’s original tent from the American Revolution. More Info
  4. Home Sweet ‘Hood
    Thursday October 6th-15th | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Join us for a guided, educational bar crawl throughout Philadelphia for civic-minded, urban enthusiasts and immerse yourself in the pieces of home we share with other city dwellers. More Info
  5. Shifting Trends: How Home Has Influenced the Workplace
    Thursday October 6th | 5:30PM - 8:30PM
    Join us for an open house and exhibition of the work of L2Partridge, particularly curated to the theme of “Shifting Trends: How home has influenced the workplace.” More Info
  6. Pennovation Center Open House
    Thursday October 6th | 5:00PM - 8:00PM
    Join in on an open house/tour in the newly completed Pennovation Center to meet the designers who have brought new life to this industrial building as Penn’s hub for innovation, research and entrepreneurialism. More Info
  7. Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura
    Friday, October 7th | 8:30AM - 7:00PM
    Saturday October 8th | 9:30AM - 4:00PM

    Participants will have a rare opportunity to learn about an actual preservation project in progress through a series of demonstrations and lectures about preserving Shofuso (Pine Breeze Villa), a traditional shoin-zukuri Japanese house designed by Yoshimura in 1953 and built in Nagoya, Japan using traditional materials and techniques. More Info
  8. Philly Preservation School
    Friday October 7th: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    This workshop will provide an opportunity to both learn and share best practices among a set of local preservation advocates. More Info
  9. I.Home. with Architectecture Demarest
    Friday October 7th: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hopes and dreams. Please join Architecture Demarest in a social gathering where you will participate in an interactive collection of personal memories, drawings and photographs to create your definition of HOME.
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  10. 2016 Geodesign Forum
    Monday, October 10th | 1:00PM - 6:00PM
    This year’s Forum will focus on planning and design of the built environment for sustainable, active, healthier communities with a strong sense of place. Presentations will feature educators, practitioners and thought leaders in architecture, planning, population health, and landscape architecture who use GIS, 3D modeling and related technologies help plan, design, visualize and measure change of the built environment. More Info
  11. Home is Where You Place It | An Interactive Exhibit
    Monday October 10th: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
    To celebrate the vibrant and dynamic space of Innovation Plaza, Ex;it will design a unique learning experience about the Golden Section for guests to explore the design elements that have created such a dynamic environment. More Info
  12. FitCity 2 PHL
    Thursday, October 13th | 8:30AM - 4:00PM
    FitCity2 PHL is a full-day symposium designed to explore design strategies in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
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  13. Mural Arts & J2 Design | A First Look at a Fresh Look
    Thursday, October 13th: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    Mural Arts' new brand, created with J2 Design, invites you to share your vision for your city. Come out for an evening of discussion and hands-on art-making projects, to be featured in a month-long campaign across the city. More Info
  14. Tiny House/Giant Toilet
    Thursday, October 13th | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
    Join the Drexel Department of Architecture & Interiors for a presentation and reception of two exciting student design build projects undertaken this past year. More Info
  15. "Town and Gown : Creating Schuylkill Yards" Arfaa Lecture Series sponsored by Drexel University’s Department of Architecture & Interiors
    Thursday, October 13th | 6:30PM - 8:00PM
    in us for this enlightening panel discussion including the following speakers: Ryan Lovett (SHoP Architects), Gerard Sweeney (Brandywine Realty Trust) and Harris Steinberg (Drexel University). This group of well known practitioners and theorists will reflect on the respective roles of the designer, the developer and the university in the major redevelopment project known as Schuylkill Yards. More Info
  16. Stephen Burks Man Made
    Friday October 14th | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Architecture + Design and Roche Bobois invite you to an illustrated presentation by product design luminary Stephen Burks. Burks has been called “America’s Hottest Furniture Designer” by Bloomberg Businessweek and is the 2015 recipient of the National Design Award in Product Design. His furniture and products unite contemporary design, authentic craft traditions and industrial manufacturing by “returning the hand to industry.” More Info
  17. Braided Streams: Water & Architecture
    Friday, October 14th | 1:30PM - 6:30PM
    Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment will host four lectures on the poetics of water and architecture.
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  18. KieranTimberlake: Drawn + Quartered Exhibit Closing Reception
    Friday, October 14th | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    KieranTimberlake has opened their studio to the public with an exhibit called Drawn + Quartered. Presented in tandem with a show at the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, this exhibit will  full-scale models and life-size mockup experiments. More Info
  19. Design Research Symposium 
    Friday October 14th | 12:30PM - 8:00PM
    Please join us for an afternoon series that explores Design Research--what is it? How does it relate to other disciplines? The practical applications and speculative discoveries that are part of this field will be discussed and examined. More Info
  20. Vincent Kling: Houses
    Saturday October 15th | 2:00PM - 5:00PM
    This event will feature Kling’s often over-looked essays in popular modernism, and include tours of his mid-century houses, including the 1952 Scull-Kron House. 
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Additionally, the following firms will be hosting open studios during DesignPhiladelphia: Liquid Stone Concrete Designs, Erdy McHenry Architecture, MGA Partners

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