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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

Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2014 -The Pearl Street and DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place creative space project, lead by the Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (CFA), was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. Since 2012, ArtPlace has distributed grants for a total of 189 creative space projects with $56.8 million in funding.

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 24, 2014
Patrick Kelly's creations are bold, bright, and joyful: "I want my clothes to make you smile" was the goal of the 1980s artist. Kelly's achieved this goal through the streets, nightclubs, and runways of New York and Paris in the more subversive urban landscape of the 1980s.
June 24, 2014
You push boundaries to make the impossible practical. Now Metropolis Magazine is asking you to focus your visionary thinking on a familiar and time-tested material: CORIAN solid surface.
June 24, 2014
On Friday we met our friends from Saving Places and the Philadelphia Salvage at their design lab - The Foundry, a former factory space that has everything from piano parts to general store counters and everything in between.
June 20, 2014
Join our friends from Philadelphia Salvage at their custom design space - The Foundry, a former factory space that has everything from piano parts to general store counters and everything in between. Saving Places will wrap-up their week of events with tours of Philadelphia Salvage's extraordinary facility, iconic Philly food and drinks, live music, and a few surprises.
June 17, 2014
In honor of DesignPhiladelphia’s 10th anniversary celebration—and a decade of great design across the region—professional and amateur designers of all ages are invited to creatively reinvent this classic IKEA® mirror as part of the Reflecting Design Silent Auction. Five winning design submissions will be selected by a panel of esteemed jurors; each winner will receive a mirror, generously donated by auction sponsor IKEA®, to bring their concept to life.
June 13, 2014
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of our main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.
June 13, 2014
Join us at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for Great Gateways and the Cities That Make Them - a panel discussion of the Mural Arts Program's "psychylustro" on Wednesday, June 18 from 6-8pm. The panel will include Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program, Allen Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Drew Galloway, of Amtrak, Marilyn Taylor, School of Design at UPenn, and Darin Rowland, artist and assistant muralist, and be moderated by Chris Satullo of WHYY's The event is free; but registration is required.