Design Week tears down the walls

A friendly reminder, greenies: There are a lot of really excellent events going on this week. If you’re one to pay attention to the natural world, it’s Bloom Time for daffodils, forsythia, and certain trees, including—I think—crabapples. The brown thrasher has returned to the yard and the towhee is singing up a storm. Any day now the redbuds will break.

In the human universe, it’s Design Week, which means you have your choice of brain food. You could go to lunchtime films from noon to 1pm today or Thursday, both at the CCDC. ("Edward James, Builder of Dreams," Thursday’s film, sounds especially amazing—I haven’t had a chance to further my Surrealist education since I left Rhode Island.) Or you could go to evening films at the Bridge, 8-9:30pm Tuesday, or at UVA’s Campbell Hall, 7-10pm Wednesday.

Or, and this is where it gets nicely local, you could meet and greet almost any architect or designer in town by going to the appropriate open house. Check the schedule; there are open houses Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. You could get some face time with really interesting architects—many of whom are doing good green work—like Formwork, Siteworks, VMDO, Alloy Workshop and The Gaines Group.

Hate schmoozing? Me too. Instead of open houses, go hear John Quale speak on Thursday from 7-9pm, once again at CCDC, or lurk in the back of the room as Pete O’Shea (from Siteworks) and Lance Hosey (formerly of McDonough + Partners) discuss the merging of different design disciplines to make the world better for us all.

The words "green" and "sustainability" aren’t plastered all over the Design Week promo stuff, but I’m guessing they’ll come up a lot. If anyone’s been to a DW event thus far, tell us how it was!

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