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2015 Festival

Pearl Street Passage
June 4, 2015

We've announced the teams for DesignPhiladelphia's Pearl Street Passage and now's your chance to get to know them a little better! In the next several weeks we'll be profiling each team. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to the first two!

Bario Neal Open Studio 2014. Photo by Lendl Tellington

May 4, 2015

Thursday, May 14
6:00-7:30pm
at Center for Architecture (1218 Arch St)

Interested in participating in DesignPhiladelphia 2015?

1200 Block of Pearl Street; Concept Rendering. Courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative
April 7, 2015

This past March, architects, artists, builders and creative professionals of all types applied to take part in DesignPhiladelphia's 2015 marquee event, Pearl Street Passage.

March 18, 2015

Attention all creative folks! We would like to update you on a few of the improvements we have made since our Pearl Street Passage Information Session on February 24th; including finding a solution that will not require individual team members to have their own separate insurance policies! Due to this important change, the deadline to confirm your interest has been extended to March 24th.

January 29, 2015

Fresh off its 10th anniversary celebration, DesignPhiladelphia is back and planning to make an even bigger impact in 2015. This year's Festival will kick off the evening of October 8th with programming running from October 8-16th. To get your creative juices flowing and inspire you in planning experiences that demonstrate the power of design - this year's theme is SHIFT - as in: a shift in perspective, shifting into motion, or a transformation/change.

Goldtex Building – high end housing comes to old Chinese neighborhood. Courtesy of Joseph G. Brin

January 19, 2015

You don't have to wrack your brains when a completed puzzle box image is your guide. No one has any idea what the newly assembled urban puzzle of Philadelphia's Chinatown will look like, yet three big pieces, seemingly mismatched in size, shape, and purpose, have emerged. Walking the city from one puzzle piece to the next, you begin to grasp the challenge. Connections between these geographically separate pieces are genuine and promising, yet more conceptual than physical. Their power to catalyze and unify must be born out in time. In October, DesignPhiladelphia 2014 revealed in a public forum that, starting this year, a puzzle comprised of a community center with housing (The Tower), a derelict alleyway (The Alley/Pearl St.), and an old railway viaduct (The Rail Park) will begin to dramatically transform and, in ways preserve, an ethnic neighborhood dating back to 1870.

June 27, 2014

Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2014 -The Pearl Street and DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place creative space project, lead by the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA), was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. Since 2012, ArtPlace has distributed grants for a total of 189 creative space projects with $56.8 million in funding.