The fall season is on in the architecture and design world – with a slew of week- to months-long events in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, London and Eindhoven (NL). If you are traveling – or want to delve into innovations in architecture, product design, novel landscapes, sustainability and more– here are perfect reasons to go.
September through 27: London’s Design Festival: Hundreds of design events, introducing new products, designers, manufacturers and innovations are taking place across London, including at the V&A Museum and Somerset House, as well as Landmark Projects in some of London’s most iconic spaces. You’ll have to hustle, but it’s not too late. Guide to all events
October 1-31 New York, Archtober (ärk’tôbər), New York City’s annual Architecture and Design Month is now in its 5th year. Count on more than 150 architecture activities, design lectures, programs, and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York Chapter. The blog
October 3, 2015-Jan 3, 2016 Chicago Architecture Biennial. What is The State of the Art of Architecture today? This year’s biennial theme comes from the inspiration of architect Stanley Tigerman, who in 1977 devised a Chicago conference with this name, inviting leading architects to explore the topic. The biennial is awash with exhibitions, installations, a lakefront public kiosk competition, tours, performances, , screenings and social events. Among the don’t-miss activities: An exhibition The Architecture of David Adjaye, the Ghanaian-born arhitect who has completed 50 projects worldwide; the 2015 Burnham Prize award winner; solarise, a sea of colors with site-specific installations at the historic Garfield Park Conservatory inspired by Jens Jensen, considered the “godfather” of naturalistic landscape and conservatory design; the winner of the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition (see above) Calendar of events
October 8-16 Philadelphia, DesignPhiladelphia is the oldest design event of its kind in the country and the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. This year’s theme is SHIFT, “inspired by the rapid changes in Philadelphia’s skyline and urban landscape.” There’s a palette of 130 topics across all design disciplines with the collaboration of 150 partners in museums, city agencies, retailers, and startups. A big plus: Pearl Street Passage presents 10 outdoor installations that embody this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme. Each team is working to create an immersive experience for Pearl Street Passage visitors that will change perceptions of design in Philadelphia. Check out Pearl Street Passage project
New York Times article (2013) shows the richness of Philly’s gallery/design district.
October 17-25 Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Dutch Design Week 2015 will explore designers’ power of imagination with the theme, “What If…” in this 14th edition of DDW.
Keep in mind the influence Dutch design has had in recent years – Rem Koolhaas, Hella Jongerius, Droog Design and the rest – so expect a rollercoaster ride of new talent, concepts and products, experiments and cross overs. DDW expects 2400 participants presenting their latest work across 80 locations. Are you looking for alternative answers and solutions – in textiles, music, automobile design, future technology? Here’s where you may find them. Don’t Miss: The exhibition In No Particular Order, showcasing work by 38 up-and-coming designers from various disciplines, ranging from fashion, product and graphic design and architecture to e-culture. Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing the exhibition. Go to the twitter feed. Twitter (#DDW15).
November 18-20, Washington DC Greenbuild, The annual US Green Building Council international conference and expo is the ultimate green design gabfest that attracts over 20,000 people in architecture, landscape and interior design, public officials, developers and others. The program features plenaries, a film festival, green building tours, women in green power breakfast, and plenty of time to network.