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September 15, 2014

DesignPhiladelphia, one of the city's most beloved annual institutions, returns October 9-17 with a slate of immersive, invigorating events. Engineered to showcase the role of design in everyday life, the festival will highlight the work of 450 of the Philadelphia's most inventive thinkers and organizations in more than 120 events -- the majority of which are free.

September 11, 2014

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) invites you to the 42nd Annual NOMA International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 1-4, 2014 at the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel. With the theme, “For the LOVE of It: Community…History…Design,” the NOMA 2014 conference will celebrate architecture in the vibrant, innovative design environment, Philadelphia.

July 9, 2014
As part of Asian Arts Initiative’s residency with Rick Lowe and the Pearl Street Project, AAI is hosting a series of community-sourced weekly mini-events along Pearl Street throughout the summer. The series is designed to activate the alley with creative ideas from the Chinatown North and Callowhill communities, and is meant to encourage neighbors and visitors to get together to share and exchange talents and interests.
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.