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January 15, 2014
Are you interested in architecture and urban exploration? Discover hidden architectural gems of Philadelphia with author and AIA Philadelphia member architect, David S. Traub, AIA as he discusses his recently published book "Searching for Philadelphia: The Concealed City". The author will be available to sign books, which will be available for purchase in the AIA Bookstore (located in the Center).
January 15, 2014
As we settle into our new home at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture we want to let you know exciting changes are in the works. Don't miss out on: An exclusive look at how we're designing a NEW Festival experience for attendees and event organizers in honor of our 10th anniversary!; The 2014 Festival Dates Announcement; Festival Participant Call for Entries; Tips for event organization, planning, & marketing
January 7, 2014
On the evening of Tuesday, February 18th, Ed Rendell, join former mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as he presents an insightful talk in honor of receiving the 2014 Ed Bacon Prize for his ongoing efforts to promote smart transportation investment and development. The prize will be awarded at the annual Ed Bacon Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The ceremony will also honor the student winners from the Annual Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, which asked university students around the world to imagine how the Philadelphia-region's urban fabric might change in a future full of autonomous vehicles. First prize is $5000.
December 13, 2013
This year, we have educated thousands of people about the role that design plays in our everyday lives through educational programming like Creating with Constraints - our spring lecture series - and Experience Design! - our annual citywide festival. 2014 marks DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary. As we approach the holiday season and near the end of 2013, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support DesignPhiladelphia's future endeavors. Your donation will allow us to develop meaningful programs that inspire all ages, design professionals and aficionados alike. Help us fulfill our vision to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.
November 12, 2013
November 29, 2013 - January 31, 2014 at Philadelphia Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Free The Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys Exhibition explores the history of building toys and the educational foundation which underlies their creation. Over 60 historic building toys, selected from the Center for Architecture's collection and spanning the past 175 years will be on display starting November 29th through January 31st. Visitors to this free exhibit will learn about their favorite construction toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K'Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today's most popular building toys. The popular "Hands On Carts" allow visitors to show off their own building skills. While some of the toys on display are classics known the world over, there will be many lesser known toys in the mix; including Brickplayer, a miniature brick-casting kit; Astrolite, a light-up sci-fi building set made of clear acrylic from the 1970s; and Bild-O-Brik, a rubber precursor to LEGO from the 1930s.
June 7, 2013
Starting Monday, June 10th, Hilary Jay will step into a new role as director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. As the Center's first director, she will head the Center's fundraising efforts and programming initiatives. In addition, DesignPhiladelphia, of which Jay is the founding director of, will move from the University of the Arts to the Center for Architecture.