Gimme Shelter

Unlike the rock ‘n’ roll documentary of the same name that marked the end of the innocent ’60s, this Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) design experiment is all about hope for the future. SCEE challenged local artists and designers to come up with innovative and sustainable shelter designs that connect the abstract ideas of living more consciously with the realities of the natural world. On Feb. 6 at the Center for Architecture, six finalists were announced, including a giant firefly by Rashida Ng and Nami Yamamoto that will use photo-luminescent pigments to emit light at night, and a shelter by Rebecca Popowski and Riggs Skepnek that will use straw bale walls and a bamboo roof. The finalists will build their projects in the spring in the woods near the Center—the projects will be open to the public, and curious animals.
8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free, 215-482-7300 schuylkillcenter.org/gimmeshelter/