PhilaU Sponsors Innovative Projects During DesignPhiladelphia 2016

As the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement.

DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of designers, architects and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st-century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices and community engagement.

As institutions of higher learning that share the view that design and design thinking are critical to innovation, Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University are proud to be the title sponsors of DesignPhiladelphia 2016, from Oct. 6-16.

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home,” with the focus on programs that demonstrate how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves and to each other.

Check out some of the events PhilaU and TJU will host during the festival:

THE BEACON
Created in collaboration with lead Jenny Sabin Studio, THE BEACON, presented by MEDstudio@JEFF, is an illuminated art installation featuring events and interactive exhibits to create a hub of “deliberate listening,” showing the importance of empathy in health care.
All festival, opening Oct. 6, 6 p.m.; Jefferson’s Lubert Plaza, Locust Street, between 10th and 11th streets, Philadelphia

NY Immersion at Philadelphia University
An exhibit at the new Fashion and Textiles Futures Center displaying work from the NY Immersion course where fashion design and merchandising students were charged with creating a home collection for Isaac Mizrahi.
All festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fashion and Textiles Futures Center

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home.”

The theme for DesignPhiladelphia this year is “Home,” with a focus on how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves and to each other.

Intercurrences: Intervening Design Strategies
This exhibition of selected projects from PhilaU’s Nexus Learning design programs integrates animation, architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture and textile design, and features projects from Sabin+Jones LabStudio and Thomas Jefferson University’s MEDstudio@JEFF.
All festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

Empathy = Action
Listen to an inter-professional panel uniting a brain trust of local leaders, community members, practitioners and students from PhilaU and TJU to brainstorm opportunities for how design can make a more significant impact on public engagement and wellness within Philadelphia’s communities.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m.; Stantec Philadelphia Office, Suite 1100; 1500 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

2016 Geodesign Forum
The Forum will focus on planning and design of the built environment for sustainable, active, healthier communities with a strong sense of place. It will feature presentations from Maria Aiolova, Kristen Kurland, Robert Cheetham, David Tulloch and Russ McIntire.
Monday, Oct. 10, 1-6 p.m. (reception to follow); DEC Forum

Textile + Shelter
The exhibit presents projects from the IDEA, the Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture Studio of PhilaU, which is supported by a 2015 NCARB Award. Architecture, textile, fashion and industrial design students examine the five layers of the human skin in this intriguing exhibition.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (final date followed by a reception); The Design Center

The Thread Starts Here: From Fiber to Fashion
See the official opening of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, a hub for innovation through the integration of education, research and practice. There will be series of short talks, demos and hands-on activities in textiles and fashion.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.; Hayward Hall

Braided Streams: Water & Architecture will explore the poetics of water and architecture through issues of sustainability and the built environment.

How Technology Is Changing Our Homes
Would your cooking improve if you had a voice and gesture recognition sous chef to guide you through recipes? What if you had a hands-free, house-wide communications system or a smart bathroom? Discuss how technology is changing our homes with Verizon experts and PhilaU faculty.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.; DEC Forum

Interiors Philadelphia: A Conversation on Design
Learn more about the Philadelphia interior design scene at a panel discussion featuring area industry leaders and rising stars.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30-8 p.m.; Kanbar Campus Center

Braided Streams: Water & Architecture
Explore the poetics of water and architecture through four lectures addressing issues of sustainability and the built environment, covering water environments of both plenty and of scarcity.
Friday, Oct. 14, 1:30-6:30 p.m. (followed by a reception); DEC Forum

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