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There’s Treasure Everywhere at The Design Center

Among the Design Center’s vast collection is this South American painted textile from as early as the 12th century. Jefferson’s textile and costume collection features 150,000 pieces with some objects dating back to the 4th century. For curator Jade Papa, some of the most rewarding parts of her job come from discovering hidden treasures in the vast textile and costume collection at Jefferson’s Design Center. And with some 150,000 pieces housed in the mid-20th-century ranch home on the edge of East Falls Campus, these special moments come frequently. The other day, Papa was combing through boxes of South American pieces—part of the University’s effort to categorize and digitalize the collection’s non-Western objects—when she spied a large piece of woven cloth in a natural tone. Papa had a feeling something stood out with this textile covered with painted designs of people and fish. After researching the fabric, she discovered it came from the Chancay culture, circa 1100-1400. Design Center curator Jade Papa sets up an 1880s bustle dress, part of the “Behind the Seams” exhibit at Hayward Hall. “We’re always making new discoveries, so it’s almost like we’re getting new stuff,” Papa says. The museum-quality collection spans the world and stretches back in time. Its... Read more »


O&N Celebrates 40 Years of Support

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of O’Donnell & Naccarato, or O&N as we are commonly known.  Our structural engineering practice has grown from a 3-person company in 1981 into a national firm of over 80 people spread over four offices.  O&N has provided structural solutions for buildings across all construction market sectors with projects located throughout every part of the United States. Over these past four decades, we have remained committed to our mission – offering a progressive design and team-oriented approach to provide structural engineering services that contribute to the success of our clients, employees and community. In this 40th Anniversary year, we reflect on the ways we have supported many incredible projects, clients, community members and staff. First and foremost, we honor the foundation that Bill O’Donnell and Pete Naccarato laid for us as well as the legacy we are charged with honoring as we look towards growing our firm in the future.  Bill and Pete combined a passion for developing client relationships with a focus on quality and creative engineering to provide solutions for clients that not only help complete very successful projects but also strengthen those relationships. This passion and focus are embedded in the O&N... Read more »


A New Framework

Design has played a profound role in defining our work and living spaces. Decade after decade designers have re-imagined how and where we work, live and play. As the pandemic continues to unfold and accelerate change exponentially, we find ourselves in a unique inflection point. Living and work environments have reached a new symbiosis that requires profound re-evaluation of what functions are desirable in both. Flexibility in work schedules and environments means that the incremental models of the past can be leap frogged by innovative and adaptable organizations and families. It is in this new living laboratory that architects and designers find themselves formulating a new future. At MIO we have been creating a new framework that we would like to share with you. A Future of Places As we see it, the desire is for a future of places not spaces. “Good enough” is no longer a viable or welcoming scenario for these environments. At home we are spending more time and demanding more from its amenities. At work, we are going only for functions that require it and our expectations are higher. In this future we expect to see well thought out smaller footprints, with more resources devoted... Read more »

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