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Thursday, October 4

3:30pm EDT

Air Forms: Kites as Adaptive Surfaces
This exhibit presents ongoing student projects from the IDEA (Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture) Studio of Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Founded with the support of a 2015 NCARB Award, IDEA Studio is an innovative interdisciplinary research and curricular initiative comprising the fields of architecture, textile design, and engineering. This year we focus on design explorations of ‘kites’, investigating the concepts of adaptive surfaces which propose an architecture that shifts from rigid to soft and dynamic structures and mechanisms. Wind is considered as a primary material in this research which will be harvested, manipulated, and controlled through the parameters of geometry, textiles, computational techniques, and fabrication, and tested through prototyping. The exhibit highlights student design research and mock-up models highlighting the potential of interdisciplinary approaches that merge hand- and digital-craft (simulations, physical computing, fabrication) and new materials and structures (atmospheric layers) into high-performance surfaces and envelopes.  Building on key concepts of the existing body of knowledge and the state-of-the-art, IDEA Studio aims to envision the future of architecture with novel materials strategies including textiles, fibers, and composites. Considering environmental concerns of energy efficiency, scarcity of natural resources, greenhouse gas, and recyclability of building systems, and human comfort and wellbeing, this research illustrates novel approaches to wind energy and material use. The discoveries and knowledge are aiming to advance design approaches in the disciplines of architecture, textile and engineering.

Cost: FREE

Thursday October 4, 2018 3:30pm - Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

Beyond Sustainability
Experience #DesignForHumans with Humanscale and Kershner Office Furniture during an evening with John Strassner, Humanscale Director of Workplace Strategies, who will be discussing "Beyond Sustainability."
As the environmental movement continues to thrive, it is no longer good enough to do less harm or use less resources from the environment. Now is the time for designers to work towards creating a net positive future. Companies on the cutting-edge of the environmental movement are no longer just measuring their carbon footprint, but are actively engaged with clients and partners in measuring their handprint. The handprint measures not what has been damaged, but what has been given back to communities, employees and the environment as a whole.
Please join us for cocktails and light fare in addition to a compelling discussion around sustainable operations, healthy material selection, wildlife preservation and our commitment to having a net positive effect on our global community.
CEU credits available for IDCEC, AIA, and HSW.
Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products for a more comfortable workplace. Our award-winning ergonomic office solutions are designed to improve the health, efficiency, and quality of work life.
Kershner Office Furniture is a preferred single source supplier for commercial furniture in the Delaware Valley and proud dealer of Humanscale. Now in its second generation as a family-run business, the Kershner name has become a greater-Philadelphia fixture for more than 50 years.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-sustainability-tickets-47588872599
Cost: FREE

Thursday October 4, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Humanscale Philadelphia Showroom
Tuesday, October 9

4:00pm EDT

Health Design Lab Open House at Thomas Jefferson University
Imagine a space where Doctors and Designers alike can come together and solve some of the toughest challenges in healthcare in one of the most evocative spaces in Philadelphia. The Health Design Lab @JeffInnovation exists to bring people together, including patients, who in the past may never have interacted with the goal of accelerating change and translating technological innovation to real innovations at the bedside. Fueled by traditional and modern prototyping technology and a foundation of person-centered design principles, the Health Design Lab is more than just a maker space, but a space that will change the way we all think about the future of healthcare.

Registration Link: https://openhousevault.eventbrite.com
Cost: FREE

Saturday, October 13

11:00am EDT

ML Woodworking - Build Your Own Furniture (choose one date/time)
This is a hands on workshop/ lecture and cnc demo.
We will discuss the craft of furniture making today, the process of going from design to reality on a small scale and how technology has changed the industry in recent years.
We will tour the shop and cut out some furniture parts on the cnc machine. 
Working in groups of two or three, participants will mix and match parts, gluing them up to create their own small custom side tables.
We'll draw names out of a hat to see who takes home the tables.
Tickets only necessary if you want to assemble a table.
To register for a Build Your Own Furniture Session, click on the links below:

Cost: $12 advanced $20 at the door

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
ML Woodworking

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