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January 15, 2013
Join the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and DesignPhiladelphia, in partnership with the University of the Arts, for our annual spring lecture series, Creating with Constraints. The series features Diana Lind, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Next City (February 19); noted author and consultant Medard Gabel (March 5); and designer Aaron Goldblatt, with urban designer and planner Leah Murphy (April 16).
November 29, 2012
A few weeks ago, we explored design at street level in the panel discussion The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place. A huge crowd turned out to dig deeper into the big question– How do objects on the street – the props that surround us as we come, go, and linger – affect the quality of our experience and the livability of the city? If you missed the discussion, we were live-tweeting at @designphilly as fast as we could type. Flip through snippets of the conversation in our Storify below.
November 12, 2012
Dear Design Champions! Thank you for joining us in celebrating the DesignPhiladelphia Festival in October. What a marvelous community celebration it was! As we evaluate future projects, it's really important that we hear from all the people who help make the Festival a success. This means its survey time, and we say that with love and excitement. So please, if you attended a Festival program or produced an event, take 5 minutes out of your day to complete the Audience Survey or the Participant Survey and tell us what you think!
November 5, 2012
From Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11, 2012, The Craft Show Committee and The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the 36th annual Craft Show. This premier exhibition and sale of contemporary American craft, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, includes 195 of the bestcraft artists in the United States. A select group of artists from Great Britain will also be exhibiting and selling their work.
November 1, 2012
How do objects on the street – the props that surround us as we come, go, and linger – affect the quality of our experience and the livability of the city? The American Idea of Public Design: The Street as Place, co-presented by Temple University Libraries and DesignPhiladelphia in partnership with The University of the Arts, will explore design at street level, Thursday, November 8 at Temple University, Paley Library Lecture Hall.
October 22, 2012
Studio Nine Photography explores /adaptations/ - an exhibition showcasing leading developments in sustainable, emergent, and regenerative systems, particularly th
October 20, 2012
Happening video by Studio Nine Photography's Jonathan Rubin featuring gorgeous photos from PopUp Place, the opening night party of the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, set at Provenance Architecturals. Are you in it?
October 13, 2012
You’ve probably passed it many times and not noticed it, sandwiched as it is between fruit and fish stands. It’s the “Drink Buttermilk and Live Forever” sign in the southeast quadrant of the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch Streets). Another colorful fragment in an amazing place that is full of them, this sign reminds us of a simpler time when shopkeepers wrote their own taglines, designed their own signs and, quite possibly, hand cut the letters in their basements. Few modern retail signs can beat it for heart-on-the-sleeve enthusiasm and sheer charm.
October 13, 2012
If a movement can be defined as a moment when people across time zones and borders act simultaneously on the same idea, then the design week movement is verifiable. In the last three years, design festivals and design weeks have mushroomed across the U.S. in cities including Columbus, Portland, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Detroit, as well as abroad, in Beijing, Singapore, Moscow, and Paris.
October 10, 2012
Philadelphia’s grid plan makes for lots of corners; it’s always a pleasure wondering what’s around that 90-degree bend. But sometimes you want a little something different. And in the heart of Philadelphia, you can find that urban rarity—the inside corner. Namely, where West Washington Square and South Washington Square meet. Usually you turn a corner—here, the corner turns around you.