The large glass art installation on view at Lubert Plaza as part of DesignPhiladelphia was designed to highlight the merger that created the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).
Created by students from Jefferson and the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), Merge is meant to symbolize the combination of the two universities–the greatest transparency, views and reflections can be seen where the two glass walls overlap.
By partnering on this exhibit, Jefferson architecture students and FTI glazier craft workers complemented their classroom instruction with real-life experiences.
Work on Merge began in January, when the Jefferson architecture program, FTI and the Architectural Glass Institute teamed up to host the 2017 Architectural Glass Student Design Competition, at which third-year architecture students presented design-build proposals for glass pavilions.
Following that, six architecture students and six glaziers collaborated under the guidance of Jeff Kansler, Jefferson assistant professor of architecture, and FTI instructor Steve Metzger. In addition, three industrial design students working with faculty member Lyn Godley designed lighting for the exhibit. The group refined competition winner Ryan Mann’s winning design and fabricated it for exhibition during the summer.
Merge is on display in Lubert Plaza on Jefferson’s Center City Campus and is open to the public through the end of DesignPhiladelphia on Oct. 14. Learn more about Merge at a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Architecture and Design. Check out the other events Jefferson will host during the festival in East Falls and Center City.