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Philadelphia Center for Architecture

WALKING TOUR - "Emergence of a Modern Metropolis: Philadelphia"

Philadelphia, PA
Experience the transformation of Philadelphia from an engine of industry to a 21st century capital of business and culture. This tour explores Philadelphia's diverse range of architectural styles and building technologies ... read more

TALK - Vintage Neon in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA
FREE - Registration Requested 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... read more

FILM + TALK - Glowing in the Dark (with Len Davidson)

Philadelphia, PA
Arguably the best film on neon ever produced, and little seen in the U.S., Glowing in the Dark captures the energy and vitality of neon.  Neon was first patented in 1923 by George Claude, a Parisian who sold over 9 million... read more

We're Turning 10! DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place Party & Benefit

Philadelphia, PA
POPUP PLACEDesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, celebrates its 10th anniversary with PopUp Place: an experiential benefit & cocktail party. This year’s Festival kick-off is hos... read more

WALKING TOUR - 85 Years of Neon Signs

Philadelphia, PA
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,... read more
Running from Sat, Apr 26 2014 3:00 PM Sat, Oct 11 2014 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 11 2014 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Sat, Oct 11 2014 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
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WORKSHOP - Neon Design with Len Davidson

Philadelphia, PA
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.  De... read more

TALK - The Magic of Animated Neon

Philadelphia, PA
FREE - Registration Requested 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... read more
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Past Events

TALK - City Abandoned: The Plight of Philadelphia's Civic Bldgs.

TALK - City Abandoned: The Plight of Philadelphia's Civic Bldgs.

Philadelphia, PA
FREE. Registration Requested. Please join Vincent Feldman on a “tour” of images taken from his book, City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia. These photographs portray aspects of the decaying architectural landscape of Philadelphia during the 1990s to early 2000s. ...
Wednesday, June 11 2014 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

WORKSHOP - Introduction to Neon History, Use, & Technology

WORKSHOP - Introduction to Neon History, Use, & Technology

Philadelphia, PA
In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing.  You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware.  Images will be projected il...
Tuesday, June 3 2014 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

2014 Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture + Fundraiser - Steven Holl, FAIA

2014 Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture + Fundraiser - Steven Holl, FAIA

Philadelphia, PA
Early-bird discount ends May 1st! VIP Reception: 5:30-6:30pmTalk + Q&A: 6:30-8:00pm Join the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for our 29th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture, featuring Steven Holl, FAIA. This annual charitable event raises funds to help support the Charter High School for Archite...
Wednesday, May 21 2014 5:30 PM 8:00 PM

CANstruction Philadelphia 2014 - a'CAN'emy Awards Gala

CANstruction Philadelphia 2014 - a'CAN'emy Awards Gala

Philadelphia, PA
Use code "AIAcans14" to get the special $25 ticket!Join AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as we celebrate the winning entries from the 8th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive. This year's ceremony features the red-carpet theme of...
Saturday, May 17 2014 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

TALK - Vintage Neon in North America

TALK - Vintage Neon in North America

Philadelphia, PA
FREE - Registration Requested 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 ...
Wednesday, May 7 2014 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

SNEAK PREVIEW + MEET THE HOST - Cool Spaces! TV Show

SNEAK PREVIEW + MEET THE HOST - Cool Spaces! TV Show

Philadelphia, PA
$5 per person Join us for a sneak preview of Cool Spaces!, a new TV show hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, which will explore how architects use innovative technologies and traditional design skills to shape the world around us. Host Stephen Chung will be on hand at this screening to answer questions...
Thursday, May 1 2014 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

STORIES FROM AN ARCHITECT - Emerging Firms Edition

STORIES FROM AN ARCHITECT - Emerging Firms Edition

Philadelphia, PA
Ever wonder what it's like to be an architect? Come hear personal stories from the men and women who design the buildings and spaces we live in! Each month the AIA Associate Committee welcomes a Philadelphia architect to talk about their career path, current work, and tips & tricks for aspiring a...
Monday, April 14 2014 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

FAMILY WORKSHOPS - Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys

FAMILY WORKSHOPS - Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys

Philadelphia, PA
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - http://PhiladelphiaCFA.TIcketLeap.com  Visit our FREE holiday exhibition, Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys, then join us for a fun family activity. With three different workshops presented on Saturdays (1:00-2:30pm) throughout the run of the exhibition, there's som...
Sat, Nov 30 2013 1:00 PM Sat, Jan 11 2014 2:30 PM

PARENT DISCUSSION - Toys, Play, & Parents

PARENT DISCUSSION - Toys, Play, & Parents

Philadelphia, PA
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - http://PhiladelphiaCFA.TIcketLeap.com  Play is a child's work and toys are the tools of their trade. How can parents make the most of the toys they provide for their children? Come shop the AIA Bookstore's curated collection of creative toys (located at the front of the Ce...
Sat, Nov 30 2013 11:00 AM Sat, Dec 7 2013 12:00 PM

The Barnes Foundation: Architecture and Art Tour

The Barnes Foundation: Architecture and Art Tour

Philadelphia, PA
*Only 18 tickets are available for this exclusive tour. Once they are sold out, no more will be available.* The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is excited to offer you this exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at the new Barnes Foundation building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ...
Mon, Sep 24 2012 3:00 PM Mon, Apr 22 2013 6:00 PM

Philadelphia Center for Architecture

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