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Design for Social Change: What's Happening in Design Today

Jeremy Avellino of Bright Common will moderate
Jeremy Avellino of Bright Common will moderate

Philadelphia, PA – How can the design world address such issues as poverty, clean water management, health, transportation and equality for building a better city?  Graduate Studies at Moore College of Art & Design aims to answer this question with Design for Social Change: What’s Happening in Design Today, a DesignPhiladelphia event moderated by Jeremy Avellino. Design for Social Change: What’s Happening in Design Today will be held on Friday, October 14, 6:30 pm, in Moore’s Stewart Auditorium, 20th Street and The Parkway.  Admission is free, but registration is recommend at 

According to Francine Martini, Interior Design assistant professor, 'Moore is strongly focused on community, and social innovation in design is about building better communities and enhancing peoples’ lives through interdisciplinary design efforts. We are taking a look at DesignPhiladelphia’s theme of ‘Home’ in the broad sense of the word – Philadelphia’s community.  It’s a natural fit for Moore to look at ‘Home’ through this lens.”

Following her discussions with moderator Jeremy Avellino, Martini went on to say: “The old way of compartmentalized design is changing rapidly.  Those working in the fields of art and design are the ones who will be leading the next big change. Creatives will help define the issues and develop the solutions. This is not only possible, it’s necessary.”

Jeremy Avellino is a certified Passive House Designer and founder of Bright Common in Philadelphia, which he started to continue an exploratory collaboration of beauty, truth and play in the built environment. His deep green sensibility and experience in both traditional architecture and design-build firms helped him work in residential, commercial, non-profit and institutional sectors. As a Registered Architect and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, his main work is fostering a trusting, mutually beneficial relationship between partners (clients), builders (makers) and the Earth we inhabit.  Avellino holds a BArch from Philadelphia University.

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and Sculpture Park.  For more information about Moore, visit

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Center for Architecture and Design, is the oldest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 120 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multimedia, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. This year’s Festival kicks off on October 7 and events run from October 6 – 16 (no programming on the 11th + 12th for Yom Kippur). For more information on planning an event, sponsoring, advertising, or attending the 2016 Festival, visit:

Published on September 14th, 2016