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Baltimore Design School Open House: For Students Interested in Architecture, Graphic Design and Fashion Design

BDS_2014 Open House Flyerfrom the BDS website:

Designing Baltimore, One Student at a Time

Baltimore Design School is a public middle-high school that focuses on design.  In the high school, students will learn the basics of Fashion Design, Architecture, and Graphic Design. In the fall of 2011 the school started with grades 6 and 7, adding a new 6th grade each year, so that by 2016, the school will be a full 6-12 school

The Baltimore Design School believes that all students, with good instruction and practice, can learn art and design skills and achieve high standards in their academic programs. We value student interests in drawing, making things, fashion ideas, creative problem-solving, three-dimensional abilities, planning and building, and communicating visually through graphics. We love students who see problems that need new solutions, who envision possibilities, and imagine a better world.

We believe our graduates will be leading designers and architects of the future who see design as a way of thinking, problem-solving, and living a productive and rewarding life.


Baltimore Design School Wins Baltimore Heritage Award

Photo via Baltimore Design School
Photo via Baltimore Design School

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the  Baltimore Design School won a Preservation Award from Baltimore Heritage , Inc. Ziger/Snead was the lead architect on the building that was abandoned for over 30 years and was a blight on the Greenmount West neighborhood until the renovations were completed in September 2013.  

House of Cards Shoot Sighting


The House of Cards and the full entourage of filming crew have been busy in Greenmount West for the past few days.  Filming in the alley next to the new Baltimore Design School, and in the apartment bldg on Guilford and Federal, giant screens have been dangling from cranes, casting strange shadows and speculation.


According to a set member, they’ll be filming between Guilford, Greenmount, Federal and Oliver through Monday.  While residents and parents picking up their children at the two schools in the area have had some difficulty navigating the trailer lined streets, many are hoping the  filming crunch signals the arrival of Season 2.

20130919_153126One crew member commented on the difference in the neighborhood from when they filmed in the area last year.  “The neighborhood is really looking good.  A lot has changed around here.”  Let’s see how BMore looks when the show airs in early 2014.



The Baltimore Hobby You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of


One of the best things about Baltimore is its wealth of subcultures. We’ve got the noise musicians, and the pizza society; the Sherlock Holmes-obsessed, and the 12 O’Clock Boys. Add to that list the homing pigeon fanciers, who breed, raise, and race the birds that only an extremely ignorant person would mistake for a rat with wings.

A few years ago, Urbanite looked at the older, mostly-white pigeon fanciers who make up the bulk of Baltimore’s two official pigeon clubs, The Baltimore Pigeon Fanciers Social Club and The Hamilton Homing Pigeon Club. But there’s also a parallel tradition of inner city kids who adopt raising pigeons as their hobby of choice (remember Marlo from The Wire, cooing tenderly at his coops?).

If you’d like to get an inside look, this weekend just might be your perfect chance. Aliza of the Boone Street Garden is facilitating a homing pigeon demonstration/workshop in the Greenmount West neighborhood; it’ll be led by Allen, a neighbor of the garden and a longtime pigeon fancier. Did we mention that there will be baby pigeons to coo over? Suggested donation $10; RSVP on Facebook, if you’re interested.