Design Programs at UArts Present 'Green, Urban, Glocal' Projects

Work featured in the Center for Architecture's annual student exhibition through March 7

February 16, 2012

"Green, Urban, Glocal," the Philadelphia Center for Architecture's annual exhibition of student work from Philly architecture and design schools, this year invited the Design programs at the University of the Arts to join them in highlighting the philosophy that good architecture and design address more than pleasing aesthetics. 

The theme of green, urban and "glocal" – a combination of "global" and "local" that refers to the need to address local concerns as well as global repercussions – was supported with work by UArts' Industrial Design Junior Studio, Master of Industrial Design Graduate Studio and faculty research. 

The projects ranged from an effort by UArts students to engage local residents in the underserved Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington to help activate the local public park, to graduate students' design work for Liberty Resources (pictured above), an advocacy group for people with disabilities. 

A faculty research project by Michael McAlister, associate professor and chair of Industrial Design, used design to empower people with disabilities to use micro-controllers to improve their everyday lives. The research was funded by the University's Corzo Center for the Creative Economy.

"Green, Urban, Glocal: Student Work from Philadelphia Architecture + Design Schools" runs through March 7 at the Center for Architecture.

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