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Creative Mornings comes to Philly April 11

cm-philadelphia-logoCreativeMornings | Philadelphia
April 11 | 8:30am – 10:00am
FREE; ticket required | Center for Architecture

CreativeMornings finally arrives in Philadelphia!

Speaker, Eric Smith, will tackle the topic of: SEX! Eric Smith is the author of the Geek’s Guide to Dating, a fabulous guide to geek courtship, love and all things that lead from there. It is also a beautiful book decorated with lush and hilarious 8-Bit graphics. This event is free at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, but space is limited and advanced tickets are required (see link above). Co-sponsored by Bluecadet & DesignPhiladelphia

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Eric is also the co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philadelphia Geek Awards , as well as the social media and marketing manager at Quirk Books. By day he works in publishing and social media, and by night, he writes. His book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, is out now, and his debut Young Adult novel with Bloomsbury Spark publishes this Fall. He’s written for BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, BoingBoing, and is a contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem. Follow him at @ericsmithrocks

What’s CreativeMornings?

In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in over 70 cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners.

 

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2014 Festival Dates Announced

DP Turns 10 with dates

Mark Your Calendars!

The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014.

The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. Last year, over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. This year, guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. Stay tuned for details.

Celebrating a Decade of Design

This milestone calls for a major celebration! For each of the past nine years, with the help of our sponsors and event partners, DesignPhiladelphia has produced a picture of the talent, diversity, and opportunities available here. Through our efforts, the outside world has come to recognize the sizable contribution the creative community is making to Philadelphia’s economic, social, and cultural expansion.

This year, in honor of A Decade of Design, we will stand together to look back at how far we have come, develop a snapshot – in real time – for 2014, and create a vision of our future.

About the DesignPhiladelphia Festival

The DesignPhiladelphia Festival features nine days of nonstop events showcasing the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. A diverse mix of over 100 exhibitions, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, tours, open studios, and street happenings span design disciplines, including: urban planning, architecture, interior design, fashion, product design, and multi-media and graphic design. Set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, public spaces and city streets, DesignPhiladelphia transforms the city into a stage for ideas and highlights the impact design plays in our everyday lives.

Bringing together innovative educators, established manufacturers, creative entre­preneurs, emerging practices, commercial businesses, and retailers, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival demonstrates Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology and collaborative business practices.

Participate

DesignPhiladelphia offers an array of sponsorship and advertising opportunities to businesses and organizations ready to associate their brand with design excellence. Contact Hilary Jay for more information at (215) 569-3186 x 106.

Event planners: think big, think audacious, think ten! The call for event registrations will come out mid-April, with our submission deadline scheduled for mid-July. But don’t wait until the last minute. If you have ideas you want to discuss, contact us now.

Stay Tuned

Make sure you join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Festival news and announcements.

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Why DesignPhiladelphia Needs YOU!

Watch this video and see why DesignPhiladelphia needs YOU!


It’s been an amazing year for design!

This year, we have educated thousands of people about the role that design plays in our everyday lives through educational programming like Creating with Constraints – our spring lecture series – and Experience Design! – our annual citywide festival.

2014 marks DesignPhiladelphia’s 10th anniversary. As we approach the holiday season and near the end of 2013, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support DesignPhiladelphia’s future endeavors. Your donation will allow us to develop meaningful programs that inspire all ages, design professionals and aficionados alike. Help us fulfill our vision to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.

DONATE NOW!

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Top 5 Tips – Planning Your 2013 DP Event

With the event registration deadline for the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival looming large – midnight, July 19th – we thought we would brainstorm some event planning tips based on past successes and Festival-goer feedback. Here’s our top 5 to get your cogs turning.

#1 – Let ‘em roll up their sleeves.

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Consider hosting a “make-and-take” event. Last year, Anthropologie teamed up with Artemisia for a jewelry workshop. Participants brought in old baubles and jewels, and transformed them into new wearables. Then there was Data Garden.  Over a thousand participants wandered Bartram’s Garden connecting with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurred the distinction between biological and digital worlds through their hands-on exhibitions.

#2 – Make ‘em think.

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We’re all experts at something! Here’s your chance to show off your special knowledge. Lectures on pertinent topics are a great way to reach other design professionals and share your passion, such as design-historian, Regina Lee Blaszczyk’s presentation Pan Am Blue and Powder Room Pink: How Chemistry Created Vintage Modern held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Or why not create a space for dialogue and host a discussion panel?

#3 – Introduce something new.

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Do you have a fabulous new project you’d like to show off? Or a new material that has some serious implications for the design world? Last year, Garden State Tile showed off the first ever large format porcelain slab and discussed the technology behind its production. Introducing Festival-goers to new spaces is also popular; like RKM Architects’ open house and tour of Lantern House, an adaptive reuse project they completed in Fishtown.

#4 – Facilitate new connections.

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Open Studios, Show & Tells, Meet-Ups and Happy Hours abound during the Festival. These are great ways to facilitate new connections between design professionals and the public. Why not gear your event towards that target audience you wish to reach? Last year, Campus Philly and Herman Miller hosted Createadelphia, a career fair and networking event, which connected local college students to Philadelphia’s creative industries.

#5 – Show ‘em your goods.

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Fashion/trunk shows, Pop-Up Shops, and exhibitions of locally produced products get your goods noticed by design-savvy consumers (just in time for the holidays). Popular events of the past include the Art Market at Tyler, featuring work by the Tyler School of Art students/facility/alumni and the screening of Living HyLo Style, an experiential lookbook in the form of a short film featuring fall picks from Philly’s premier fashion designers presented by HyLo Boutique.

Need more inspiration?

You can peruse the 2012 Festival Guidebook for a look back at what others have come up with or email Nova Harris, DesignPhiladephia’s programming coordinator, and she’d be happy to brainstorm some ideas with you. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Spring Lecture Series Goes Out With a Bang

Creating with Constraints - Spring 2013 Lecture Series

Creating with Constraints – Spring 2013 Lecture Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who attended the third, and final, installment of our Spring 2013 Lecture Series, “Creating with Constraints” last night. It was the highest attendance we’ve had to date!

Friends of the Rail Park drew our biggest crowd to-date.

Friends of the Rail Park drew our biggest crowd to-date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Murphy and Andrew Goldblatt discussed how two former railway lines, a stretch of fifty city blocks in Philadelphia, can be transformed into a future green space. Representing Friends of the Rail Park (formerly known as VIADUCTgreene), Murphy and Goldblatt unveiled their plans for the first time to the public and discussed the internal and external constraints surrounding the project. The lecture ended with an outstanding Q&A session and comments from the crowd.

Goldblatt and Murphy discuss the project.

Goldblatt and Murphy discuss the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t able to make it out, but are interested in learning more, Hidden City’s recent article, Plan for City Branch Rail Park Emerges, is a great overview and has the latest project images/renderings. To keep up with the project and learn how you can show your support, visit TheRailPark.org and friend them on Facebook.

The plans propose a Rail Park spanning 50 city blocks in Philadelphia.

The plans propose a Rail Park spanning 50 city blocks in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Creating with Constraints” Lecture 3 – April 16

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April 16 – “The Making of VIADUCTgreene”

Join Leah Murphy & Aaron Goldblatt, urban designer and exhibition designer, for the third and final installment of our Spring 2013 Lecture Series. On the evening of April 16th, they will examine how two former railway lines, a stretch of fifty city blocks, can become a future garden, a civic project that can enhance the quality of life, cultural landscape and the economic vitality of Philadelphia.

6:00pm to 7:30pm

CBS Auditorium at the University of the Arts, 320 S Broad St, Hamilton Hall (near Pine Street)

Lecture is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. To register, visit: corzocenter.ticketleap.com

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2nd “Creating with Constraints” Lecture

March 5 – “Designing for the Planet.”

Medard Gabel, author and co-founder of The World Game Institute with Buckminster Fuller, discusses an interactive program that transforms audiences into problem solvers. The challenge: You are in charge of a very large spacecraft and something very serious has gone wrong. What are you going to do?

March 5
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CBS Auditorium at the University of the Arts, 320 S Broad St, Hamilton Hall (near Pine Street) Philadelphia, PA.

Lecture is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. To register, visit corzocenter.ticketleap.com.

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Creating with Constraints at the University of the Arts, beginning Feb. 19

Join the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and DesignPhiladelphia, in partnership with the University of the Arts, for our annual spring lecture series, Creating with Constraints. The series features Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Next City (February 19); noted author and consultant Medard Gabel (March 5); and designer Aaron Goldblatt, with urban designer and planner Leah Murphy (April 16).

In an affluent society like ours, we seem to have lost the ability to invent with limited resources. After all, when you’ve got money, natural resources, and the authority that comes from being a world power — perhaps “the” world power — we assume that muscle and resources will be enough to buy us out of a problem or solve a crisis. Since the Second World War, we have not had to live with constraints — the limit of resource, money, and authority. We’ve begun to forget, and we are not teaching our young how to create using limited resources. In fact, we’ve too often built on the principle that only the “great” was worth doing and the merely “doable” was not good enough.

That’s the theory we will explore in Creating with Constraints. It seems, in fact, that the new energy for creation and invention is now often found in developing countries and emerging economies where Robinson Crusoe-like, those inventing and creating take the fragments of the past and repurpose and reshape them to build something new.

We are now entering a resource weak economy. The generosity of resources that fueled our economy over the last 70 years is rapidly fading. If we are to regain our purpose and renew our ability to invent our future we’ll need to relearn how to work with limited resources, often building a model that illustrates the idea before attempting to build the “grand” version of it.

Creating with Contraints

Tickets: corzocenter.ticketleap.com

Program descriptions:

Events will be held on Tuesdays from 6pm – 7:30pm at The University of the Arts, CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, located at 320 South Broad Street (at the corner of Broad and Pine Streets). The series is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.

February 19
Diana Lind

The Resourceful City: How Cities Flourish Despite Constraints
Next City executive director and editor in chief looks at cities that have developed unusual responses to their financial, spatial or social constraints, becoming paragons of design, culture and creativity.

March 5
Medard Gabel

Designing for the Planet
Author and co-founder of The World Game Institute with Buckminster Fuller, Medard Gabel discusses an interactive program that transforms audience into problem solvers. You are in charge of a very large spacecraft. And something very serious has gone wrong. What are you going to do?

April 16
Leah Murphy and Aaron Goldblatt

The Making of a Viaduct Green
Urban designer and exhibition designer examine how two former railway lines — a stretch of fifty city blocks — can become a future garden, a civic project that can enhance the quality of life, cultural landscape and economic vitality of Philadelphia. For information about a tour of the proposed VIADUCTgreene project, visit corzocenter.uarts.edu.

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My space. Your space. Street space! Storify of The American Idea of Public Design panel.

A few weeks ago, we explored design at street level in the panel discussion The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place. A huge crowd turned out to dig deeper into the big question–

How do objects on the street – the props that surround us as we come, go, and linger – affect the quality of our experience and the livability of the city?

If you missed the discussion, we were live-tweeting at @designphilly as fast as we could type. Flip through snippets of the conversation in our Storify below. You can also view the photo slideshow of spaces and places in Philadelphia that was projected at the event here.

Our program featured Bryan Hanes, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer; Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Next American City; and Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hilary Jay, Founding Director of DesignPhiladelphia, moderated.

Thanks to all our participants and partner Temple University Libraries for a lively discussion!

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The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place, Thursday, Nov. 8 at Temple University

How do objects on the street – the props that surround us as we come, go, and linger – affect the quality of our experience and the livability of the city?

The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place, co-presented by Temple University Libraries and DesignPhiladelphia in partnership with The University of the Arts, will explore design at street level at Temple University, Paley Library Lecture Hall, on Thursday, November 8 at 3:30pm.

Old City. M. Kennedy for GPTMC.

Join us as we rethink everything from the design and amenities of a new park to the functionality of public trashcans. We’ll consider street trees and sidewalk planters, bus shelters, public seating, newspaper stands, the facades of buildings and storefronts of businesses, crosswalks, streetlights, and more.

The program will feature Bryan Hanes, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer; Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Next American City; and Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hilary Jay, Founding Director of DesignPhiladelphia, will moderate.

The discussion is co-presented by Temple University Libraries and DesignPhiladelphia, part of Temple’s Beyond the Page series shaped around the theme, “American Idea.”

Can’t make it? Follow @designphilly on Twitter for live-tweets and use the hashtag #streetspace.

Info/Directions:

The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place
Thursday, November 8 at 3:30pm
Temple University, Paley Library Lecture Hall
1210 Polett Walk (between 12th & 13th Streets)
Septa: Cecil B. Moore Station (Broad Street Line), Temple University Station (Regional Rail)
Paley Library is next to the Bell Tower in the center of campus, and the Lecture Hall is on the ground floor, one flight down from where you enter the building.

 

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