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September 26, 2012
Free DesignPhiladelphia Festival Guidebooks are available at loads of locations across the city. If you haven't nabbed a copy yet, check-in at one of these four hot places with an endless supply - Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
September 10, 2012
The 8th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, in partnership with The University of the Arts, will place a spotlight on Philadelphia’s rich design history and creative industries at work, Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2012. The citywide Festival will feature five days of non-stop programming championing design, showcasing the work of more than 400 designers and creative thinkers in over 120 public events. Visit for a full schedule of events.
September 5, 2012
Hilary Jay is a dynamo. She presides over DesignPhiladelphia at the University of the Arts, an impressively democratic array of design events, exhibitions, lectures, open studios, demonstrations, and street happenings, reached by some 200,000 people each fall. Jay thus proudly stakes her claim on “design as destination.” DesignPhiladelphia follows Philadelphia’s great tradition of free access to many important cultural institutions. Jay notes, “Most of our programs are free and open to the public. I work hard to remove barriers to entry. DesignPhiladelphia is a great equalizer.”
August 24, 2012
You’re invited to PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party. Join us for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.Cocktail Party + Benefit Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:30 – 7:30pm Provenance Architecturals overflows inside and out with materials old and new: from Corinthian columns, to retro globes, Victorian streetlamps, modern furniture and home decor, monumental church stained glass, slate slabs, stacks of reclaimed wood, 19th-century milling tools and much more. You’re invited to PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party. Join us for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.
August 16, 2012
Chances are you’ve explored Philadelphia by foot, bike, bus, and train; through food, music, art, and design; in work, play, and a thousand other ways. You may have dreamed about what could be next - for your community, your industry, and for this great city... but have you shared that vision with anyone else? Fast Forward Philly is looking for you. Take the stage during the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival (October 10-14) at Fast Forward >> What's Next for Philly?
July 25, 2012
The time has come to rethink Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and fill in the dead zones between cultural attractions with spaces and places for people to enjoy. Our friends at Penn Praxis and The Penn Project on Civic Engagement are working with Parks & Recreation on an Action Plan for the Parkway, shaped around quick-hit projects. A big part of creating the plan involves sourcing Philadelphia's citizens for community input and discussing the kinds of programs and projects that might enhance the Parkway experience. Go weigh in on the Parkway's future!
July 5, 2012
Hold Wednesday, October 10th for DesignPhiladelphia's smashing kick-off event. The 2012 festival, running October 10-14, begins with PopUp Place at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse set along cobble-stoned Canal Street near Delaware Avenue. Tickets to the VIP party will be on sale soon.
July 4, 2012
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June 7, 2012
Hey Design Champions - this year's five-day festival, one of the largest in the country, unites the Philadelphia region's dynamic creative community, bringing together individuals and organizations from every design discipline. In the weeks to come we will be launching a new website featuring up-to-date festival information and other DesignPhiladelphia happenings. Look for our design blog, volunteer sign-up, and participation guide.
March 8, 2012
Join Jonah Lehrer, journalist and author of Proust was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide, for a discussion about his newest book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, for a discussion on how learning to use creativity more effectively can benefit you and your business.