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Author: paul

 

Our team here at Springboard Design will miss our first City Charter High School Intern, Anthony Mayer, but we are very excited to see where his journey takes him! Today is Anthony’s last day with us here in the office and we would like to share some of his work with you. On his first day here, he came up with the idea for his semester long project, which involved translating the off-grid house we designed into a “tiny house”. Anthony made some sketches in his new notebook, and then learned how to draw his ideas to scale. We then worked with Anthony on his design ideas to get them ready for three dimensional studies. Anthony learned 3D software, created a conceptual digital model and then refined his design through a physical model, additional 3D digital modeling, and drafting plans. We hope the skills Anthony learned while here at Springboard Design help him to achieve his future educational goals. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, Anthony!


 

Springboard Design’s recently completed kiosk for The Frick Pittsburgh has been receiving some press lately! We’re happy to see the kiosk featured along with ten other exhibitions at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s annual open house, which will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 10am to 6pm. There will be discounts at airport shops, giveaways, music, and an early visit from Santa! We’re honored to be part of this showcase of Pittsburgh’s educational and cultural institutions, many of whom are our clients.

“Showcasing the world-class talent of local artists and cultural institutions at Pittsburgh International is an important part of creating a sense of place for visitors. We are committed to connecting the airport to the region it serves in showcasing these new installations.”

– Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis

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November CBT@CRSQ

 

 

The goals of this series for Craft Business Thursday’s @ Creator Square will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of Springboard Design’s building renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts like ‘craft business,’ ‘makers movement,’ and entrepreneurialism; and feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening lecture / workshop.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the second Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square on Thursday, November 30th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery. The CBT@ Creator Square will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a special guest speaker. Justin Merrell of Adiaon will be the second speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series.


JUSTIN MERRELL, CEO of ADIAON
Growing up in Gaithersburg, Maryland Justin encountered many STEM related opportunities that were engaging and instilled a sense of curiosity. While attending Penn State Altoona, he became aware of the fact that these same opportunities were not available locally, and with the mindset that there is no better time to make an impact than now, he began to make a change. He engaged with the local community and brought a makerspace to central PA.

Justin Merrell is the CEO of Adiaon, a company focused on the development of makerspace management platform. He is here to represent the Altoona, Pennsylvania based makerspace, Catalyst Space; of which he is both the founder of and current board chair.

To learn more about Creator Square, please visit their website.

To learn more about the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, please visit their Facebook.

To learn more about Adiaon, please visit their website. To learn more about Catalyst Space, please visit their website.


 

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the first Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery. The CBT@ Creator Square will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a special guest speaker. Myles Geyman of Stak Ceramics will be the first speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series.

The goals of this series for Craft Business Thursday’s @ Creator Square will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the buildings renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts like ‘craft business,’ ‘makers movement,’ and entrepreneurialism; and feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening lecture / workshop.

MYLES GEYMAN of STAK CERAMICS
The Stak Story (from their website): Heather is a classically trained painter and amateur baker. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent a few years in Portland, OR after graduation. After her time in Portland, she decided to return to Pittsburgh and start a community ceramics studio. In order to support her studio, she also worked full time at a French bakery where she developed a love of baking. Myles went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for sculpture and got a degree in product design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating, he worked as a designer of engineered fall arrest systems for airplanes and various industrial applications.While he was working on designing platforms and ladders, he purchased a couple of used kilns online and began creating work in the basement of his Blawnox row house. A friend who knew of their common interest in ceramics, introduced them and they continued the conversation over the next couple of months. Myles would visit the community studio and they began to collaborate on projects shortly thereafter. They participated in craft shows as separate businesses. Heather sold hand thrown porcelain work and Myles offered slip cast sculpture and phone/tablet docks. After a particularly long trip driving separately to a show in Chicago, they decided to merge efforts and collaborate on work together. Heather and Myles began doing shows together where they sold both hand thrown and slip cast work. It was then that Stak Ceramics was born. They designed and produced everything from traditional dinnerware to lamps. Stak Ceramics began in the basement of their home and quickly expanded. After a year of cramped work conditions, they found a proper studio space near home. They shared the space with their friend Amy Hamley until she and her family headed west to live in San Francisco where she continues to produce beautiful ceramic work! It was during this time that Heather and Myles began learning how to manage their small business. The Stak Ceramics studio is now located in a beautifully remodeled multi-use industrial building in Homewood, PA. Stak Ceramics represents Heather’s understanding of ceramic materials, process and surface design coupled with Myles’ understanding of form, function and product development. Together they strive to produce work that is thoughtfully designed and skillfully crafted.

To learn more about Creator Square, please visit their website.

To learn more about the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, please visit their Facebook.

To learn more about Stak Ceramics, see their website and please follow them on Instagram (@stak_ceramics) and Facebook.


MAAM 2017, Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action will be held October 19-21, 2017 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. Paul’s session will be conducted Saturday October 21, 2017 from 8:30–10AM. The panel is titled Designing Exhibitions for Flexibility and Change, and will focus on the following question:

“Permanent” museum exhibitions are typically definitive, durable, and reflective of an institution’s established views on a topic at a given time. But, what happens when interpretations evolve, new information emerges, and alternative artifacts are uncovered? In this presentation, an exhibition designer and his clients offer multiple strategies for designing permanent exhibitions that are flexible enough to accommodate change and updates.

If you would like to learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, please visit their website, where you can find more information about the organization and the Annual Meeting. You can also follow them on Facebook to stay updated on events near you.


Today, Monday, October 16, 2017 is the 11th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture, featuring Farshid Moussavi, RA, RIBA. Her lecture is titled Thoughts on a New Architecture, which will take place from 6:00-8:00 PM at The Center for Architecture in New York City. For more information, please visit The Center for Architecture, or visit the direct link to the calendar event.


Congratulations to our client, Community Human Services (CHS) on being nominated for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Pittsburgh Placemaking Award for Excellence! Springboard was named as one of the partners in the project for our assistance with planning, acquisition and design. The award will be announced October 12, 2017.

To learn more about CHS, please follow them on Facebook or visit their website.

Learn more about ULI by following them on Facebook or visiting their website.

 


Springboard Design’s Paul Rosenblatt, AIA is contributing to a panel on MAKERS at the Greater Pittsburgh Non-Profit Summit today, October 6, 2017. He will be speaking on economic equity in a panel titled “Making Impact: Exploring Maker Movement’s Potential to Elevate Underserved Populations” with Nisha Blackwell, Jim Denova, Wendy Downs and Adam Kenney.


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One of the Largest Group Exhibitions to be Displayed Downtown in Pittsburgh’s History
June 24 – September 4, 2016 | SPACE | Liberty Avenue

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of JOHN RIEGERT, curated by Brett Yasko. The 250 portraits of John Riegert have been developed through sessions spanning over nearly two years and hosted at studios, coffee shops, parks, museums, riverbanks, universities, cemeteries, artists’ homes and John’s own home as well. The work in the exhibit ranges from paintings to sculptures to conceptual pieces to performances to photographs to films and videos.”

Participating Artists include Paul Rosenblatt of Springboard Design.