3rd Annual STL DesignWeek Serves Up Panoply of Design-Centric Events

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, STL DesignWeek kicks off Monday, Sept. 23, with seven full days of creative, educational and inspiring design-centric events. Last year’s event drew more than 400 people each night, and this year’s scheduled line-up—everything from a panel of distinguished architects who have designed museums to an architectural bike tour—is impressive.

This photo of a basketball goal at Vernon and Eastgate was taken for a DART challenge. Photo by Pat Garrett

This photo of a basketball goal at Vernon and Eastgate was taken for a DART challenge, an event featured in STL Design Week. Photo by Pat Garrett

The event, dubbed ”Design is…,” aims to broaden people’s definition of design and to amplify awareness that design is everywhere, from beautiful buildings to public parks, or in any industry that relies on creative talent. “Each St. Louisan benefits from the work of local designers,“ says Margaret McDonald, STL DesignWeek Chair and Principal at Arcturis. “Great design has a profound impact on a community.”

DesignWeek brings together several creative disciplines—graphics, art, architecture and advertising—to represent the “heartbeat” of St. Louis. Here’s the rundown on each event and what it’s about.

STL DesignWeek 2013 Schedule of Events

Monday, Sept. 23: OPEN: Architecture for Art.
The opening event features a panel of distinguished architects discussing the relationship between architectural design and art. The panel takes place at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. CAM’s own designer, Brad Cloepfil, will be joined by Kyu Sung Woo, architect of Nerman Museum for Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, as subjects of study. The event will be moderated by practitioner and professor Eric Hoffman.

CAM, 3750 Washington Blvd. Doors open 6pm; Discussion 7pm. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: DART St. Louis
How’s your aim? This fun participatory photo challenge at FK Studio begins by flinging a dart at an 8’ x 8’ map of the City of St. Louis. Participants then have one month to visit the location marked by the dark, identify something notable and take a picture. The resulting collection of images will be exhibited on the web and at a slideshow happy hour in early November.

FK Studios, 2745 Locust St. 6-9pm. $5 per throw to benefit Rebuilding Together – St. Louis. Free for spectators.

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Creative Happy Hour
Self-explanatory. You’re creative. You’re happy. Party with the same. Change the world.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 3229 Washington Ave. 5pm. Free

Thursday, Sept. 26: PechaKucha Night STL #12
PechaKucha—which gets it’s name from the Japanese word for chit chat—is an evening of inspirational stories presented as slideshows of 20 images in 20 seconds that tell an exciting and compelling story. PechaKucha was devised as a way for creatives to meet, network and introduce their work to the public via the unique slideshow format.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 pm. First presentation 7pm. Free, cash bar, food trucks.

Friday, Sept. 27: Discovered
AIGA St. Louis’ Design-for-a-Cause event partners with the newly renovated Central Library to present Discovered, an auction of works donated by 40 artists and designers. Each artwork will be a reinterpretation and repurposing of used books and print materials. The event will also feature music, letterpress printing, food trucks and a kids’ area, with all proceeds going to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

Central Library, 1301 Olive Street. 6:30-10pm. Auctions end at 8:30pm and 9pm. Tickets are $15 and $10 for AIGA members.

Saturday, Sept. 28: Eames and Fusion
You’ve admired them. You’ve designed around them. You’ve sat in them. The Eames chair. This inspirational presentation by Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles Eames, Chairman of the Eames Foundation is set to coincide with Fusion, a gallery exhibit of designed objects and student competition at Webster University. Demetrios’ talk will celebrate the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames.

Webster University Community Music School Auditorium, 535 Garden Ave. Gallery opens at 2pm; Presentations starts at 4pm. Competition starts at 7pm. Free but tickets required for Eames, available at Eventbrite. Cash bar and food available before competition starts.

Sunday, Sept. 29 Spoke and Sloup
Led by local architects, landscape architects and cyclists, Spoke is a family-friendly, docent-led bike tour showcasing St. Louis’ unique architecture, beginning and ending in Forest Park. Participants will pedal through Midtown, the Botanical Grove and Forest Park. There are two routes available depending on your skill level. After your bike tour, head over to Atomic Dust for Sloup, a monthly soup dinner that raises microgrants for arts and community impact projects. Attendees pay $10 into the pot. Then people present their ideas. Everyone votes. The winner takes the pot to make their mini-vision an impactful reality.

Sloup takes place at Atomic Dust, 3021 Locust Street, 5-7pm. Bike tours depart from 5595 Grand Drive. Tours begin at 7:40am and will leave every 20 minutes until 10:40am, Each tour will be limited to 20 riders, so participants are encouraged to sign up early. Free. Registration information is available online. Riders must bring own bicycles and helmets.

For more information about all the events, visit the STL DesignWeek website.

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