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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.

November 5, 2014
The Art Alliance at 18th and Rittenhouse was, formerly, a stately residence. It's contemporary gallery does not conform to the sterile, “white cube” mold of stereotypical art venues. Heather Ujiie, textile artist, designer and design educator immediately capitalized on this in a manner that befits the sophisticated, expressive nature of her innovative artwork.
November 3, 2014
Be part of a collaborative group of designers, community members, public agencies, and community development specialists envisioning reuse options for two vacant schools—Old Frances Willard School in Kensington and M. Hall Stanton School in Lower North Philadelphia. Just a few spaces left!
October 15, 2014
You might have seen the photo: a trio of women huddled together for HughE Dillon’s camera at last week’s DesignPhiladelphia opening party. One of these women wore a sunny yellow-and-white striped cardigan, another wore a magenta infinity scarf, and the third, well, she attached a strap to a dead baby lamb and carried it around as a purse.
October 9, 2014
DesignPhiladelphia Festival celebrates 10 years with more than 120 events and over 450 emerging and established designers and creative thinkers at venues across the city, October 9-17. "A Decade of Design" features non-stop programming seeking to unite the region's dynamic creative community by bringing together individuals and organizations from across the design spectrum, placing a spotlight on Philadelphia's rich design history and creative industries at work.
October 8, 2014

See the beautiful products students built at Temple’s new design incubator

Article by Juliana Reyes, read the full article here