ANNOUNCING the DesignPhiladelphia 2015 Festival Schedule!

August 31, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival

The 11th Annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival events are up! This year’s SHIFT theme is inspired by the rapid changes in Philadelphia’s skyline and urban landscape and how these changes have the power to shift perceptions around the city. From October 8th through the 16th universities, cultural institutions, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers and startups across the region participate in close to 100 events on topics spanning all design disciplines. All DesignPhiladelphia events are open to the public and a majority are free of charge.

New for the Festival this year is the introduction of track-based programming. We've streamlined the programming into six tracks to help attendees more easily discover the events that interest them. Each track is geared toward a program goal and specific audience, and together they reflect the many different ways it is possible to engage with and be impacted by design. Tracks will have signature events that embody the spirit of the programming goals. 

Sneak peak of the Signature Events for DesignPhilly 2015

Events that demonstrate the power of design to solve problems, drive innovation and improve the quality of life in the city and its neighborhoods

image: body blanket by Jenny E. SabinSignature Event:
Shifting Attitudes in Health & Wellness: Designed by You, for You!!
Featuring experts in the fields of design, health care and science, this 30-minute panel discussion about the future of health innovation,  followed by a charrette, will aim to produce innovative shifts in how to approach existing – or currently unchallenged – problems in health care. 

When: October 10, 2:30 - 5 pm
Where: The Center for Architecture
Cost: $10
Presenting sponsors: Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation, [email protected] and Likuma Labs


Professional development and networking opportunities for design pros, faculty and students

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia UniversitySignature Event:
2015 Geodesign Forum
The 3rd Annual Fall Geodesign Forum brings together design practitioners, educators, and students of the built environment. This year’s half-day event features “The Shifting Landscape of the Philadelphia Navy Yard” and carries four continuing education units for landscape architects and architects. A ‘Meet-Up’ networking social will take place after the presentation. 

When: October 16, 1 - 7 pm
Where: DEC Center at Philadelphia University
Cost: Free
Presenting Sponsor: Philadelphia University


Interactive events, including hands-on workshops and neighborhood tours that showcase Philadelphia’s historic and contemporary assets

Image Courtesy of Dupont SurfacesSignature Event:
Create with Corian! Hands-on Workshop at NextFab
This workshop offers a first-hand experience of the unique features of DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surface and its broad potential in both horizontal and vertical applications. The evening will include interactive demonstrations, including thermoforming, CNC routing, seaming and dye sublimation.

When: October 13, 5:30 - 8 pm
Where: NextFab Studio
Cost: Free
Presenting Sponsor: DuPont™ Corian®, C.H. Briggs Company and NextFab


Opportunities to meet the people, explore the ideas and see the inspiration behind the latest trends in design

Image Courtesy of GoWelsh

Signature Event:
Society of Design Conference
This one-day multidisciplinary design event features presentations from leading creatives who shape culture around the world. Eight speakers from Europe and the United States include: Nick Asbury, copywriting; Annie Atkins, film design; and Oskar Zieta, industrial design; Spencer Charles, lettering; Craig Dykers, architecture and interiors; John Ryan, interaction/media; Kelly Thorn, lettering; and Alisa Wolfson, branding.

When: October 15, 9 am - 5 pm
Where: University of Pennsylvania – Harrison Auditorium
Cost: $125-$250
Presenting Sponsor: Go Welsh


Opportunities for children and young adults to explore design and its ability to shape the future and create positive change

Image Courtesy of Community Design Collaborative

Signature Event: Art of Active Play
During the Healthy Play Panel on October 8, hear from experts in public health, education and design who will discuss play and its impact on childhood learning and health and its surprising role in creating a great city. Throughout the Festival, try out three new play pieces designed and built by Philly youth with Public Workshop and the support of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Turn Columbus Day into a “day of play” for the whole family (Oct. 12). 

When: October 8-16, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Smith Memorial Playground
Cost: $5-10 for Healthy Play Panel
Presenting Sponsor: Community Design Collaborative


Events showcasing creative vendors and design-forward products and services

Image Courtesy of Marguerite Rodgers, Ltd.Signature Event: Festival Closing Event: Design Crawl in Old City
Celebrate the closing night of the 11th Annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival in the heart of Old City. Begin at the Center for Art in Wood for the last chance to see this year’s Design Showcase featuring room settings created by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design. Continue onto Millesime & Ligne Roset for the grand opening of the brand-new showroom.

When: October 16, 6 - 10 pm 
Where: The Design Crawl starts at the Center for Art in Wood
Presenting Sponsors: Center for Art in Wood, Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, Millesime & Ligne Roset

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