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The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of AIA Philadelphia and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center for Architecture was envisioned with three core principals in mind: Public Engagement

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Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting

The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than 1,300 members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and share an interest in design, development, and planning. DAG’s mission is to encourage public discussion about design and to advocate for design excellence. First Thursday of every month 8 to 10 a.m. www.designadvocacy.org
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Design Philadelphia Turns 10!

The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014. The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. This year guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. At PopUp Place 2013 over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. Celebrating A Decade of…

WALKING TOUR - 85 Years of Neon Signs

Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1936 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide, Len Davidson, is one of North America's leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry's bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999).  Len's tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city. Tours depart from the Center at 3pm sharp…

WORKSHOP - Neon Design with Len Davidson

Students in this class will design a sample neon piece for signage, architectural, or artistic use.   Participants will be instructed in neon pattern making and will begin to create a paper design to be made into neon.  Designs will be discussed and suggestions made on design improvements. Participants will learn how neon transformers, hardware, and other elements such as metals, plastics, found objects, glass, drywall, etc. can be integrated with neon design.  The workshop can be used for familiarization with neon, but it is particularly appropriate for architects, designers and artists who want to create with neon, or integrate neon into…

Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting

The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than 1,300 members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and share an interest in design, development, and planning. DAG’s mission is to encourage public discussion about design and to advocate for design excellence. First Thursday of every month 8 to 10 a.m. www.designadvocacy.org

TALK - The Magic of Animated Neon

This talk combines insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces. Presented by neon expert, Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer, 1999). Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has operated a neon design business in Philadelphia. Len's interest in neon was planted by growing up in Philadelphia in the 50s, while gazing in childhood wonder at such iconic signs as the Levis Hot Dog, Sun Ray Drugs' animated mortar and…

Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting

The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than 1,300 members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and share an interest in design, development, and planning. DAG’s mission is to encourage public discussion about design and to advocate for design excellence. First Thursday of every month 8 to 10 a.m. www.designadvocacy.org
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