May 17-21: Geoff Manaugh | Building failures, environmental problems | LEVERAGE | GRAY AREA on Hawthorne Hall | Thom Mayne | Cultural content in contemporary design

Ahead this week, enjoy talks from Geoff Manaugh and Thom Mayne at PennDesign, learn about what makes buildings sick, celebrate the Community Design Collaborative’s work, play cards with GRAY AREA, and explore the African cultural imprints in contemporary design.

IMAGINE: Geoff Manaugh on Landscape Futures

Monday, March 17, 6-7:30pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Geoff Manaugh is the force behind  BLDGBLOG, ran Columbia’s Studio-X NYC urban futures think tank, and now is editor-in-chief of tech blog Gizmodo. Manaugh is author of Landscape Futures and The BLDGBLOG Book. Free.

LEARN: Environmental Issues Caused by Building Failures

Tuesday, March 18, Noon-1pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Buildings can become sick just like people thanks to moisture and mold. Learn more about the problems and design solutions. AIA continuing education hour. Free. RSVP online.


Wednesday, March 19, 6-8pm. Dorrance Hamilton Hall, UArts, 320 South Broad Street. LEVERAGE is a reception benefit for the Community Design Collaborative, showcasing design grants from 2012 and 2013 and celebrating the Collaborative’s partners in public interest design. Tickets start at $85 for members, Community Champions, $100 for individuals. RSVP and purchase tickets online.

EXPLORE: GRAY AREA: Hawthorne Hall Community Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 6-7:30pm. Church of St. Andrew and St. Monica, 3600 Baring Street. Join GRAY AREA for the first meeting about Hawthorne Hall, and play “cards” about the future of this Lancaster Avenue landmark. Free. Registration requested.

PONDER: Thom Mayne

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30-8pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Join Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne, principal of Morphosis, for a talk at PennDesign. Free.

MASHUP: REMIX: Discovering Cultural Content in Modern Design

Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7:30pm Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. Join authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason in conversation with Jamila Payne and Sharne Algotsson to explore the design intersection of modernism, cultural objects throughout the African Diaspora, and contemporary interior design. Book signing to follow. Free.

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