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January 8, 2014
Think you've got what it takes to design and build a structure created completely with canned food, ingenuity, and hard work? Enter CANstruction Philadelphia 2014, with proceeds benefiting Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.
January 7, 2014
On the evening of Tuesday, February 18th, Ed Rendell, join former mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as he presents an insightful talk in honor of receiving the 2014 Ed Bacon Prize for his ongoing efforts to promote smart transportation investment and development. The prize will be awarded at the annual Ed Bacon Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The ceremony will also honor the student winners from the Annual Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, which asked university students around the world to imagine how the Philadelphia-region's urban fabric might change in a future full of autonomous vehicles. First prize is $5000.
December 13, 2013
This year, we have educated thousands of people about the role that design plays in our everyday lives through educational programming like Creating with Constraints - our spring lecture series - and Experience Design! - our annual citywide festival. 2014 marks DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary. As we approach the holiday season and near the end of 2013, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support DesignPhiladelphia's future endeavors. Your donation will allow us to develop meaningful programs that inspire all ages, design professionals and aficionados alike. Help us fulfill our vision to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.
November 20, 2013
World-renowned designer, Marc Newson, will be in Philadelphia to receive Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award this Friday, November 22nd. He will give an illustrated lecture about his work in the Van Pelt Auditorium followed by a subscription preview and buffet supper, hosted by Collab, in the Museum's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.
November 12, 2013
November 29, 2013 - January 31, 2014 at Philadelphia Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Free The Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys Exhibition explores the history of building toys and the educational foundation which underlies their creation. Over 60 historic building toys, selected from the Center for Architecture's collection and spanning the past 175 years will be on display starting November 29th through January 31st. Visitors to this free exhibit will learn about their favorite construction toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K'Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today's most popular building toys. The popular "Hands On Carts" allow visitors to show off their own building skills. While some of the toys on display are classics known the world over, there will be many lesser known toys in the mix; including Brickplayer, a miniature brick-casting kit; Astrolite, a light-up sci-fi building set made of clear acrylic from the 1970s; and Bild-O-Brik, a rubber precursor to LEGO from the 1930s.
October 30, 2013
When best-selling author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein) envisioned his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond generic plywood boxes and status quo canvas tents. He wondered what would happen if the world’s most innovative contemporary architects and designers were challenged to visualize and construct twelve radical sukkahs (Hebrew: Sukkot). What would they come up with? And so was born the 2010 design competition and exhibition known as Sukkah City.
October 11, 2013
In celebration of the exhibition Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DesignPhiladelphia, IKEA, Public Workshop, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have come together to bring Leger’s "City" into Philadelphia. Starting today, October 11th, three teams of teens from Public Workshop’s Building Hero Project will use products from IKEA to design-build three installations inspired by Léger’s The City. The design with the most votes will receive an IKEA Gift Card grand prize and all teams will receive tickets to see Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning October 14, 2013. PLUS voters in the contest will be automatically entered for a chance to be randomly selected to win a $500.00 IKEA Gift Card!
October 9, 2013
It is a peculiar quality of the district here called Old City that the proprietors of many of its galleries and shops complain about the floors. They slant. “It’s always been a problem for us,” said Robert Aibel, the owner of Moderne, a vintage furniture gallery at 111 North Third Street. But “most people don’t notice, unless a piece of furniture looks crooked.” At the Roche Bobois showroom, at 313 Arch Street, Natalie Suresch, the manager, said the floors tilt four feet from back to front. “You feel like you have vertigo,” she said. Such are the wages of historicism. Old City, the home of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross and the temporary residence of George Washington before he moved south, was the kernel from which the rest of Philadelphia grew.
October 9, 2013
This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat. The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines. Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair’s component parts.