Design first, then films.

I love the fall in Philadelphia for three reasons:

  1. frolicking in the many colors of Fairmount’s parks with my dog Collucci
  2. Design Philadelphia’s free events on design always manage to inspire me, and
  3. The Philadelphia Film Festival gets us ready for the dreary days of winter. Let’s begin with the need-to-knows…

Design Philadelphia October 13-23, 2011
150 events including open studios, lectures, symposia, exhibition, public installation, and general happenings that support the creative economy.

Philadelphia Film Festival (20th annual!!) October 20 – November 3, 2011
This year the PFS is showcasing over 250 screenings of independent, feature, documentary, and short films.

These events have put Philadelphia on the creative economic map.  I will have to do another post for the films I want to check out this year.  I know “A Dangerous Method” has already made the list.  As far as Design Philadelphia goes, some of the events I am interested in this year include:

October 13 – The Architect and The Painter

October 13, 7pm-10pm
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University
Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center, 3140 Market Street view map

The Architect and The Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer into their collaboration, their marriage and their “Renaissance Studio.” Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced by Charles, Ray, and their staff. Family members and design historians guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery” that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges.  Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

October 14 – The DesignLounge + Information Central

October 14, Open daily during DesignPhiladelphia from 10am-8pm and 12pm-5pm on Sundays
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch Street view map

October 14-23, 2011
Join DesignPhiladelphia in our temporary DesignLounge at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for conversation, exploration and investigation of all things design. The DesignLounge features interactive design/art installations, designer furniture, design-related reading material, designer beverages and your creative minds, thoughts and opinions!

October 19 – Collab Presents Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion

October 19, 6pm: lecture with curator Kathryn Hiesinger in the Skylit Atrium, gallery open 5pm-7pm
Philadelphia Art Museum, Perelman Building
Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues view map

This fall, Collab and The Philadelphia Museum of Art proudly present Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, with the 2011 Collab Design Excellence Award in conjunction with her exhibition in the museum’s Perelman Building. The exhibition will highlight this world renowned architect and designer’s unique creative history including architectural models and drawings, furniture, decorative arts and videos. Wrapping up the entire gallery with a two-dimensional tone-on-tone graphic, Hadid transforms the exhibition space into a fluid, dynamic composition, turning the traditional museum viewing experience on its head. Exhibition runs September 17- March 25.  Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

October 20 – Campus Planning: Universities Plan for Building + Growth

October 20, 5:30pm-7pm
AIA Philadelphia Design Committee
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street view map

Join AIA Philadelphia’s Design Committee for a program featuring architecture and planning leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University and other higher education institutions in Philadelphia discussing their planning and development initiative and the integral relationship with the fabric of the city.  Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Registration recommended.

October 20 – Kick Ass Kick Off Meetings

October 20, 7pm
Happy Cog
The Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard view map

The company that delivers A List Apart, An Event Apart and A Book Apart, now offers a series of intensive half and full day workshops constructed around single topic conversations. These experiences cover a wide range of topics, from meeting design to project management to ideation. This presentation will provide a snapshot into those workshop experiences, engaging participants in collaborative exercises and delivering highly usable content and insights. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

 October 21 – Transforming Dilworth Plaza

October 21, 6pm – 8pm
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116, East Portal Market Street entrance view map

The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in collaboration with the Center City District, KieranTimberlake and OLIN presents a panel discussion about the project soon to take place in Dilworth Plaza. Exhibition running October 7-November 18, 2011. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

October 21 – Frontline presents “The Persuaders” screening and discussion

October 21, 7pm
AIGA Philadelphia
Connelly Auditorium, 211 S. Broad Street, 8th floor view map

The Persuaders is a 2004 examination of the world of branding, marketing, advertising, and corporate propaganda. Critic Douglas Rushkoff narrates, offering chilling insight into what he terms “the persuasion industry.” AIGA Philadelphia will lead a discussion following the screening. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.