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July 8, 2014
The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative seek nominations to identify the most distinctive, recently improved storefronts in Philadelphia. Nominations should be submitted online using this form. Entries will be evaluated by a jury consisting of economic development and design professionals, and the winning projects will be recognized at a ceremony on October 14. The event will highlight businesses that have demonstrated care and uniqueness in how they represent themselves to their customers and the public through their storefronts.
July 8, 2014
Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled the Community Design Collaborative’s conceptual plans for Frankford Pause, Destination Frankford’s pop up park to be built on the vacant lot next to the Margaret-Orthodox Station, at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street.
July 1, 2014
After fourteen years with the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and its affiliated Center for Architecture, John Claypool has retired and left his position as executive director.
June 27, 2014
This weekend the Delaware River Waterfront brings you the grand opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new pop-up park at Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard. From Friday, June 27 through Sunday, August 31, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation — the creators of this past winter’s Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink — turns the Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village.
June 10, 2014
On a rainy Friday morning in May, Danielle DiLeo Kim, Sylvia Palms, and I sat down with three members of Philly Girls Do Good! to talk about design advocacy in Philadelphia: Hilary Jay, Founding Director of Design Philadelphia and first Director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture; Kiki Bolender, Chair of the Design Advocacy Group (DAG); and Nancy Goldenberg, Chief of Staff of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
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 7, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia is not just about architecture. It isn’t solely focused on fashion, public art, commercial art or urban planning, either. The nine-day Center for Architecture festival, now in its ninth year, is an amalgamation of all those things. It’s a multi-event collaboration that stretches far and wide across the city, starting tomorrow. But you can get a jump start on the festivities at Wednesday’s kick-off party at bahdeebahdu in Kensington.
October 5, 2013
October 5, 2013 | By Edith Newhall for the Philadelphia Inquirer These days, fairs, festivals, and celebrations are always popping up, vying for your attention. Yet that was not the case in October 2005 when DesignPhiladelphia, a 10-day celebration of every manner of design, made its debut. It was a whole new kind of fair, too: a freewheeling, amorphous, mostly free design lovefest that took over the city's universities, design stores and showrooms, art galleries, and vintage furniture shops with exhibitions, lectures, events, and tours. In its first years, as now, DesignPhiladelphia's offerings have also been pointedly broad (some memorably diverse ones included a tasting of local craft beers at Old City's Hudson Glass as beer glasses were being blown, and a show by local artists of works fashioned from Corian, the solid surface material usually reserved for floors and countertops).
October 3, 2013
DP, as the cognoscenti call it, is an annual reminder that design is omnipresent and that good design in all its disciplines – from architecture and urban planning to industrial design and fashion, multimedia to graphic, product to interior design – profoundly affects our collective quality of life. And that it means economic growth for Philadelphia. This year's festival runs Oct.10-18 and features nearly 120 events: lectures, talks, workshops, tours, openings, book signings, movie viewings, parties, and exhibitions. In its 9th year, DP and its visionary founder, Hilary Jay, are now based at the city's Center for Architecture, which Jay also heads. But DP's underlying goal remains the same: to brand Philadelphia as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology and business.
September 13, 2013
This month Art of Life features DesignPhiladelphia as we approach the upcoming event running October 10th through October 18th. The 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival is a citywide event that unites the region’s dynamic creative community by bringing together individuals and organizations from across the design spectrum, placing a spotlight on Philadelphia as a hub of creativity and innovation. The Festival, attended by thousands of design aficionados celebrates the past, present and future of Philadelphia design, while highlighting the region’s dynamic creative economy and increasing awareness of the role design plays in our everyday lives. This year’s theme, EXPERIENCEdesign! will spark emotions and engage the senses.