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Thursday, October 4

8:00am EDT

The Future of the Central Schuylkill Riverfronts
James Templeton and George Claflen will discuss DAG’s new collaborative planning process for both banks of the central Schuylkill River. Working with volunteers, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and a specialized consultant, DAG’s goal is to create a set of guidelines and/or zoning overlay document that could be adopted by the City.
DAG’s process includes initial data collection and analysis of existing master plans, proposals and potentially developable riverfront sites. Later, working with the City and stakeholders, a charrette process is envisioned.
James and George will also present earlier work referencing development along the Chicago River. 
James is co-chair of DAG’s Waterfronts Task Force, along with Nando Micale, and George is DAG’s co-vice chair.
The Design Advocacy Group (DAG) serves as a public forum and advocate for design quality in the planning, architecture and physical development of Philadelphia. 

Cost: FREE

Thursday October 4, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Center for Architecture and Design

6:00pm EDT

"Crafting Luxury Interiors" Fashion's direct influence on interior design
The Lucas Alexander Collection will host an evening of fashion for the home with Interior Designer Kiley Baun, whose career began in the fashion industry. Gregory Augustine, the showroom's Creative Director, will moderate a discussion on fashion's influence on Interior Design and the manufacturing of innovative luxury materials. Proceeds from this event will be donated to support design education. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crafting-luxury-interiors-fashions-direct-influence-on-interior-design-tickets-47577637996?aff=DesignPhiladelphiaSite
Cost: $20.00

Thursday October 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Lucas Alexander Collection

6:00pm EDT

Drive Innovation with Design
Drive Innovation with Design
As designers we must move from a problem-focused to a solution focused mindset that is oriented toward a preferred future. What strategies and processes allow design to drive innovation? Join us to hear from design leaders on how they approach the crucial point where research leads to insights and ideas become design concepts.  Learn how they approach these moments with their teams and clients, complete with details about their unique processes and methodologies. Small bites and refreshments to be served. 

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-innovation-with-design-tickets-49848814145
Cost: FREE

Thursday October 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Hero Digital

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
Friday, October 5

5:00pm EDT

Designing Futures for Equitable Neighborhoods in Philadelphia
In this workshop, we will collaboratively and collectively imagine multiple possible futures for a selected set of neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Then we will develop various spectra of possibilities and use the strategic design and scenario planning process to map a range of combinations that could plausibly arise in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Top of mind will be conditions that are equitable, adaptive and representative of Philadelphia’s cultural, physical and socio-economic legacy.
Meet our Facilitators:
  • Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. At her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC, Natalie helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research.
  • Tayyib Smith, co-founder of Litte Giant Creative and the Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship, is dedicated to cultural compentency and the ability to engage multicultural audiences. 
  • Rob Flemming, LEED AP BD+C, is a registered architect from Philadelphia. He is the Co-creator and Director of the award-winning Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Jefferson University and the author of Design Education for a Sustainable Future. Rob is also a Sustainability Fellow at Re:Vision Architecture in Philadelphia where he consults and facilitates integrated design charrettes. 

Registration Link: https://econsult-solutions-inc.ticketleap.com/designing-futures-philadelphia-equitable-neighborhoods/
Cost: FREE

Friday October 5, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Econsult Solutions

6:00pm EDT

Fast Forward >> Philly
Join us for the 7th annual Fast Forward, a DesignPhiladelphia festival event! A lineup of presenters from various creative backgrounds will Fast Forward through 20 slides at 20 seconds each to answer one question: What's next for Philly? The conversation continues offstage over light refreshments. Learn more at www.fastforwardphilly.blogspot.com.
Can't attend in person? Check out the event via livestream!
For more information, email FastForwardPhilly(at)gmail.com.

Registration Link: https://philadelphiacfa.ticketleap.com/fast-forward--philly-2018/
Cost: $0 with pre-registration by 9/28, $5 after and at the door

Friday October 5, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Philadelphia Center for Architecture + Design
Saturday, October 6

5:00pm EDT

*SENSORY DESIGN - The Expanded Diagram: Diagrammatic Thinking in Contemporary Art
Guest speakers will explore the Expanded Diagram project, a thesis proposed by artist Steven Baris. His thesis states that for some artists, diagrammatic thinking aptly describes a significant aspect of their creative process--more cogently than the many art labels and categories currently offered. 

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sensory-design-philadelphia-design-district-crawl-tickets-49114745526
Cost: FREE

Saturday October 6, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Pentimenti Gallery
Tuesday, October 9

11:30am EDT

Design Innovation Showcase: Spatial Efficiency
PennPraxis, in collaboration with the Pennovation Center and PennDesign, presents the Design Innovation Showcase at Pennovation for Design Philadelphia 2018, featuring Spatial Efficiency. 
This event will feature a lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, October 9 featuring the groundbreaking work of Masoud Akbarzadeh, Director of the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL) at PennDesign, located at Pennovation. Dr. Akbarzadeh’s research draws from his background in architectural design, computation, and structural engineering, primarily focusing on Three-Dimensional Graphical Statics, which is a novel geometric method of structural design in three dimensions.  The lecture will be preceded by a short tour of the Pennovation Center and a discussion of the history of the site and building by PennPraxis. 
The Spatial Efficiency exhibit showcasing the work will be on display at the Pennovation Center from Tuesday, October 9 to Thursday, October 11 from 8am to 5pm.

Cost: FREE

Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Pennovation Center

5:30pm EDT

Herman Miller Presents THREADS with Steve Frykholm and Clark Malcolm
Threads is an interactive presentation of stories, audio clips, and video of the people, ideas, and events that have woven together to make Herman Miller the unusual and vibrant community it is today. Presenters Steve Frykholm, a graphic designer, and Clark Malcolm, writer and editor, have worked together for over 30 years at Herman Miller and together have more than 75 years at the company.
Clark Malcolm worked for Herman Miller for 33 years as writer and editor in virtually all parts of the company. He is author, co-author, or editor of 17 books on design, leadership, architecture, and facility management.  Clark has degrees in English Language and Literature from Rhodes College and the University of Michigan.
Steve Frykholm became Herman Miller’s first internal graphic designer in 1970 and retired in 2015. He received Herman Miller’s highest recognition for an employee in 1986, The Carl F. Frost Award. In 2007 he became an AIGA Fellow, and in 2010 he received the AIGA Medal, the highest recognition from AIGA, the professional association for design. He's recognized as an annual report legend in Graphis, and an American design icon in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Communication Arts
About Herman Miller:
Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of our customers’ organizations have become our hallmark.
Our award-winning furniture and related services and technologies are available through dealers, retailers, and e-commerce websites around the world. Whether your world is an office, a school, a home, or a hospital—and whether you are a customer, an employee, a shareholder, or a member of our community—we work hard to create a better world around you.

Registration Link: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/herman-miller-presents-threads-2138956544
Cost: FREE

Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

Designing the Museum of the Future With Josh Goldblum
The line between virtual and physical spaces is starting to blur. Recent innovations in retail, hospitality and entertainment experiences open new opportunities for designers from every discipline. How do physical space and emergent media combine to create powerful experiences infused with emotion, authenticity and personal meaning? Josh Goldblum, founder and CEO of the experience design studio Bluecadet, goes way beyond the “black mirror” of the screen, highlighting creative opportunities that are blooming at the intersection of architecture, technology, neuroscience and design. Bluecadet partnered with the Museum of the American Revolution to develop many of the Museum’s first-of-their-kind interactive digital moments. Dr. Scott Stephenson, the Museum’s Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions and Programming, will provide welcoming remarks.
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Lecture
Ticket price includes one drink ticket. Please note members must present ID at check-in.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/designing-the-museum-of-the-future-with-josh-goldblum-tickets-50248615963?aff=eac2
Cost: $5 member, $15 non-member

6:30pm EDT

A Philly State of Mind: Re-imagining the Philly Brand Through Design Thinking
A Philly State of Mind: Reimaging the Philadelphia Brand Using Design Thinking is an interactive program that focused on the idea that with its renewed energy, Philly is beccoming more than ust a place on the map, it's becoming a state of mind that more people are embracing. Philadelphia is going through a renaissance that involves economic development, gentriciation, a booming arts, culture and foodie scene with an anchor in a diverse history. What are all the ways it could add value in the future to the United States and to the world? Join us for a few playful(and thoughtful) hours of sensemaking and placemaking to experiment with designing the brand story of Philadelphia from the perspective of "Philadelphia as a state of mind." Join Natalie Nixon, PhD of Figure 8 Thinking and Gary Kopervas, VP Brand Strategy and Story Development of 20nine, a Creative Brand Agency as they work with the group to bring this idea to life using design thinking principles and practices through a series of orchestrated "design sprints."

Registration Link: https://20nine.ticketleap.com/phillystateofmind/
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, October 10

5:00pm EDT

Ilse Crawford
Ilse Crawford on Design and the Stuff of Everyday Life
Renowned furniture and environment designer Ilse Crawford describes her practice as “creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home; and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them.” As part of the Wolf Humanities Center's 2018-19 Forum on Stuff, Ilse Crawford reflects upon how these products have an impact on our lives and spaces, and how, as they shift from one space to another, they also constitute a form of everyday and aestheticized stuff.
Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. As founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.

Registration Link: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/ilse-crawford
Cost: FREE

6:00pm EDT

Contemporary Design Conversations
Join us for two talks with contemporary designers that break boundaries and inspire new ways of thinking. At 6:00pm, the co-founders of the Rational Dress Society talk about their work at the intersection of body, identity, fashion, and radical politics.Then, at 7:30pm, co-founders of Philly-based women's health startup Lia discuss their new environmentally-friendly flushable pregnancy test alongside Meg Crane, the designer of the 1970s original home pregnancy test.

Cost: $0 after PWYW admission

Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Philadelphia Museum of Art

6:00pm EDT

Tessellations in Architecture - A Design Dialogue
Ballinger will host a design dialogue on tessellations in architecture, from theoretical mathematical concepts, to their application in architectural and interior design, to practical considerations related to production and installation. Ballinger architect and associate Andrew Sniderman, AIA will share his research into tessellations and his definition of a new system related to mathematical dissections, called a dissection tiling system. Chris Stulpin, Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America, will share a case study of translating a tessellation concept into a sustainable product that gives designers options while reducing waste.
Andrew Sniderman is an architect at Ballinger, a Philadelphia architecture, engineering and interior design practice, where he has worked on projects for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and American University. He recently presented his research on tessellations at the Bridges Conference, an annual conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education, and culture. Prior to joining Ballinger, he was an associate at Ennead Architects in New York, where he was a member of the design team for Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall.
Chris Stulpin is the Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America, a division of Tarkett. In this role, Chris leads the design, product management, marketing and project management teams, driving the company’s innovation roadmap and customer experience journey. As a leader of Design Thinking initiatives for Tarkett, Chris completed studies at the Paris School of Architecture’s D School and led the Tarkett executive leadership team in Design Thinking fundamentals in conjunction with the DesignThinkers Academy in Amsterdam. He also completed studies in innovation at the London Business School. Chris is a member of thought-leadership communities including the Design Futures Council, IIDA Industry Roundtable, Contract Forum and Trend Union. His prior experience includes designing ad campaigns for Barney’s NY and Giorgio Armani.

Registration Link: https://ballinger.ticketleap.com/tessellations/
Cost: FREE

Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Ballinger 833 Chestnut Street Suite 1400 , Philadelphia 19107

7:00pm EDT

In conjunction with Biello Martin Studio's . design.erotic . exhibit, Susana Mayer Ph.D., founder, and host of The Erotic Literary Salon will curate readings celebrating the sensuality of objects, textiles and furniture, and our erotic relation to them. Limited seating / Reservations required. 

Registration Link: http://biellomartin.com/contact-us/
Cost: FREE

Wednesday October 10, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Biello Martin Studio / Kellijane

7:30pm EDT

Contemporary Design Conversations
Join us for two talks with contemporary designers that break boundaries and inspire new ways of thinking. At 6:00pm, the co-founders of the Rational Dress Society talk about their work at the intersection of body, identity, fashion, and radical politics.Then, at 7:30pm, co-founders of Philly-based women's health startup Lia discuss their new environmentally-friendly flushable pregnancy test alongside Meg Crane, the designer of the 1970s original home pregnancy test.

Cost: $0 after PWYW admission

Wednesday October 10, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Thursday, October 11

5:00pm EDT

AGRITECTURE: Blurring the Line Between Farm and City
Register Here
Join Erdy McHenry Architecture for our annual DesignPhiladelphia celebration!
As the world population is set to approach 10 billion by 2050, humanity reckons with an agricultural infrastructure that is not only insufficient - but also wasteful, polluting, and prone to drought and famine. 
Agritecture explores the inevitable assimilation of two worlds through aspiration, investigation and execution: from forward-thinking greenhouses in Ohio to sky-scraper farms in the UK.
Join us for a lively panel discussion with featured speaker Dickson Despommier and urban farmers at Philly Microgreens, as we examine food security issues from agro to agora followed by a cocktail reception with our guests and panelists.
This event is free and open to everyone, register at www.EMAgritecture.com 

Cost: FREE

Thursday October 11, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Erdy McHenry Architecture

6:00pm EDT

Future Architecture: Episode 1 - The Parametric Menace
The parametric design process, virtual reality, and an integrated 3D process are revolutionizing the way buildings are made. For this DesignPhiladelphia 2018 event, we will use the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, established by film creator and director George Lucas, to explore the future of design through the eyes of both the creator and the viewer. Join us for a futuristically themed evening where Brendan Mullins, Associate at Stantec Architecture in Los Angeles, will discuss how technology is changing the way we communicate and think about design. Learn how the use of various technologies, specifically parametric design and virtual reality, have impacted all phases of a project, from conceptual design through the methods of delivery to the contractors. 

Registration Link: https://stantec.ticketleap.com/future-architecture-episode-1---the-parametric-menace/
Cost: FREE

Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Stantec Philadelphia Office
Friday, October 12

6:00pm EDT

Please Do Not Touch: Book Signing and Discussion with Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell
Minima, the pair of luxury furniture galleries in Old City, along with Eileen Tognini, will host American design phenom Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell for a reading and book signing of the recently published memoir, please do not touch (and other things you could not do at the design store that changed design) on Friday October 12th at 6:00 pm. Co-authored with Moss’ life partner Franklin Getchell, the Rizzoli imprint recalls the 18 year love affair the world had with eponymously named MOSS, the Soho design and art emporium. Minima’s Friday evening open house is part of Sensory Design, the event series created by the Philadelphia Design District for DesignPhiladelphia 2018.
For nearly two decades MOSS was the place where design, art, luxury, and society mixed and mingled. Murray Moss, the impresario behind the concept store and managing partner Franklin Getchell, were the leading arbiters of good taste and the new throughout the 1990s and until the shop shuttered in 2012. Mixing high with low – think eighteenth-century porcelain standing inside museum quality, glass vitrines with 21st-century Tupperware – MOSS shifted the design conversation from the galleries of MoMA to a storefront in SoHo, and was singularly responsible for igniting the careers of international design stars such as Tord Boontje, Maarten Baas, Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, and Monica Castiglioni, among others.
Together, but separately, Moss and Getchell spent two years writing from memory, keeping the deep dark secret stuff to a minimum, and editing their two memoirs into one witty and image heavy handbook. The resulting  Please do not touch (and other things you could not do at the design store that changed design) has provided a career intermezzo for the pair, and an inside glance for design aficionados on the world according to MOSS.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/please-do-not-touch-book-signing-and-discussion-tickets-49151071177
Cost: FREE

Friday October 12, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

6:30pm EDT

SHIFT - An Industrial Feel
Petit Jardin en Ville - Outdoor Living, a modern furniture showroom featuring outdoor furniture design, is pleased to host a cocktail and lecture by SHIFT, an American design manufacturer, on Friday October 12 at 6:30 pm.  Their brand strives to present ideas in furniture and design that blur the line between outdoor and indoor living, liberating conventional boundaries and allowing the freedom to flow from space to space.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/petit-jardin-en-ville-presents-shift-an-industrial-feel-tickets-49631359733
Cost: FREE

Friday October 12, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Petit Jardin en Ville - Outdoor Living
Saturday, October 13

2:00pm EDT

Block Party: Block Printing With Carla Weeks
Design and print your own furoshiki with Carla Weeks! Join us at the Rikumo Concept Store for a special DesignPhiladelphia crash course in the art of block printing designs onto fabric. Led by Philadelphia artist Carla Weeks, students will learn about the history and significance of block printing before trying their hand at printing their own designs. You'll leave with a working knowledge of block printing and functional furoshiki to use and reuse for years to come.

The lecture portion is free and open for the public to attend, but only 16 paid participants will receive hands-on instruction. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Once purchased, tickets are transferable but non-refundable. If you have any questions, please email us at events@rikumo.com

About Carla Weeks: Carla is a British born artist and designer living in Philadelphia, PA. Using pattern as a vehicle to articulate memory, Carla's paintings, textiles, and murals are visual recordings informed by her interactions with both natural landscapes and the built environment. Distilling the color and form experienced in specific geographic locations, Carla aims to create 2-dimensional patterns that communicate a resonating sense of place. 
About Rikumo
Rikumo is a lifestyle brand that celebrates Japanese craftsmanship, design, and aesthetics. Based in Philadelphia, we connect Japanese artisans and craftsmen with an international public that values quality, craftsmanship, and simplicity 
in design. Through our products, we showcase a culture that is unique to Japan but also powers the modern, interconnected world.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/block-party-block-printing-with-carla-weeks-tickets-48598774242
Cost: $60 for printing / $0 for lecture

Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Rikumo Concept Store

3:00pm EDT

Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Center for Architecture + Design invite you to meet video and light artist Ricardo Rivera, Creative Director and co-founder of Philadelphia-based Klip Collective, for a public conversation on place-making though art and design. Klip Collective is an experiential art shop that integrates projection lighting and storytelling to create compelling experiences.
$20 (members free) includes Museum admission; reception for Collab members to follow (Join Collab) | Space is limited – Advanced registration required: 215.684.7722 or FriendsRSVP@philamuseum.org

Cost: $20

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Perelman Building

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