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Design Research News

  • 2020

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  • 2019

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    • Design Research Symposium

      Design Research Symposium: Design For Living

      August 14, 2019

      The 2019 Design Research Symposium: Design For Living will take place on October 11, 2019 in the URBN Annex and URBN Center. This year’s symposium will examine health, urban living, and design through presentations, panel discussions, and a design sprint hosted by the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

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    • 2018-19 Faculty & Student Accomplishments

      May 28, 2019

      As an end to our Spring term, we want to take a look back at this academic year 2018-2019 and mention all the accomplishments from our amazing faculty and students at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. It has been a busy year with students studying abroad, faculty research, visiting artists and collaborations without outside companies. We are excited for the year to come to an end and appreciate the hard work of our community at Westphal.

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    • Charrette

      2019 Charrette: Re-Imagining Streets as Pedestrian Spaces

      March 11, 2019

      Over the past several years, the Department of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism and the Department of Design have hosted a series of weekend charrettes aimed at engaging students with the ways in which design can address both public space and community dynamics at a both local and global scales. This year, the Interdisciplinary Design Charrette, set to take place on April 12-15, 2019, will be led by Lim Hyeung-Nam and Roh Eun-Joo, partners in the award-winning design firm studio GAON.

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    • Fashion, Style & Global Culture

      2nd Annual Fashion, Style & Global Culture Conference, May 16-19, 2019

      February 08, 2019

      Fashion is signified and utilized across the globe. The second annual Fashion, Style & Global Culture Conference will focus on how fashion is portrayed in all types of popular and global culture. This conference aims to push the envelope of scholarship to gain new understandings about the visual expression of fashion, lifestyles, global culture and textiles through all forms. 

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    • Nicolas St. Angelo

      Design Research Graduate Student Presents Thesis at Sustainability Conference

      January 29, 2019

      Nicholas St. Angelo, a graduate student in the Drexel University Design Research program, presented his thesis at the Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Vancouver, Canada this past January.

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  • 2018

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  • 2017

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    • ArtistYear

      November 15, 2017

      The ArtistYear program provides a unique opportunity for Westphal students graduating this year and alumni up to the age of 28 to make a difference by creating unique arts programs and classes in nearby, underserved Philadelphia public schools.

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    • BioDesign Challenge

      October 30, 2017

      BioDesign Challenge is a special topics course that will be offered this winter term and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Participants will work towards a coveted spot in the annual BioDesign Challenge Summit, an annual competition held in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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    • Intersections in Process

      September 27, 2017

      The Design Research Symposium , organized by the graduate program in Design Research , part of this year’s Intersections in Process, returns again this October with DesignPhiladelphia . The symposium features a day of free programming that explores the emerging field growing out of collaborations between artists, designers and interdisciplinary collaborators who push the boundaries of traditional disciplines unearthing solutions to practical and aesthetic problems through the mastery of new technologies and intensive research. 

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    • Elena Sabinson

      September 22, 2017

      Elena Sabinson joins our Interior Design Program as an Assistant Teaching Professor

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    • Product Design Senior Show

      May 22, 2017

      The 2017 Product Design senior class, the fourth graduating class from this top-ranked program, will present their thesis work on Friday, June 2nd in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street) from 4:30-7:30PM.

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    • Office Hours with Nicole Koltick

      March 13, 2017

      Nicole Koltick is an Assistant Professor in Architecture, Design & Urbanism and Director of the Design Futures Lab, where she leads graduate research groups in critical design practices and speculative proposals focused on three main areas of inquiry: tangible interaction in the built environment, the incorporation of novel advancements in science and computation into our built environments, and new models for ambient communication. We sat down with Nicole to learn more about her work, process and perspectives.

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    • New Fashion Technologies

      February 13, 2017

      The Fashion Design Program has recently acquired the Digital Clothing Suite (DCS), several new state of the art 3D fashion design computer programs from Professor Hyeong-Seok Ko, Director of the Digital Clothing Center in the Graphic and Media Laboratory, Seoul National University, and the Physan company. DCS is utilized by the industry to create and simulate fashion design on a virtual model, creating savings in costs and freeing up time for designers to explore and create.

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    • Alan Greenberger: New Department Head; New Department Name

      January 10, 2017

      This February Alan Greenberger, Distinguished Teaching Professor, will take the reins as Department Head of the newly named Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism (formerly the Department of Architecture & Interiors).

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    • Design Research Information Session

      January 10, 2017

      Curious as to how design research can further your career goals? Join us on Wednesday, January 18th in URBN Room 239 from 6:30-8pm to learn more about our creative and innovative two-year Master in Science in Design Research.

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  • 2016

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    • Creating Schuylkill Yards

      October 05, 2016

      On Thursday, October 13th, The Department of Architecture & Interiors’ Arfaa Lecture will feature Harris Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, and Gerard Sweeney, President of Brandywine Realty Trusts for a panel discussion entitled Town and Gown: Creating Schuylkill Yards, focusing on the major development plans for West Philadelphia being led by Drexel in partnership with Brandywine.

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    • Design Research Symposium

      October 05, 2016

      On Friday, October 14th we’ll host the Design Research Symposium, a series of events that explore the emerging field growing out of the work of artists, designers and interdisciplinary collaborators whose investigations push the boundaries of traditional disciplines, requiring interdisciplinary approaches, the mastery of new technologies, and intensive research to unearth solutions to practical and aesthetic problems.

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    • Design Philadelphia

      September 21, 2016

      The Westphal College will be quite active in this year’s DesignPhiladelphia, the annual citywide celebration of design and creative activity. Our participation will include the Design Research Symposium on Friday October 14th in the URBN Center.

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    • Artists and Scholars in Residence

      September 21, 2016

      For the academic year 2016-2017, we’re pleased to host six exciting residencies which will bring talented artists and designers to campus to teach, demonstrate, run charrettes and give public performances and lectures.

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    • Emergent Synthetic Life

      May 02, 2016

      Nurturing Emergent Synthetic Life (NESL), a 6-minute short film by Professor Nicole Koltick, Director of the Design Futures Lab, produced in collaboration collaboration with Film & Television Professor Jocelyn Tarquini-Motter and Dragon Productions, will premiere on Wednesday, May 4th at 6pm in the URBN Annex Screening Room.

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