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May 13, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8PM – 10PM in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: ALL tickets are now $25. For tickets, click here, and use code "AIAcans14" to get the special $25 ticket! Join AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as we celebrate the winning entries from the 8th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive.
May 8, 2014
ART STAR CRAFT BAZAAR May 10 and 11, 2014 11AM-6PM in The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing Free Admission, pay as you go merchandise DesignPhiladelphia is a proud sponsor of the 11th Annual Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar! The Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor retail arts and crafts show organized by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 100 local & national artists have been chosen to set up shop & sell their wares at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, right along the Delaware River.
May 6, 2014
Let DesignPhiladelphia provide you with a stage to present that big idea, test a product, collaborate with someone you admire, or just show off! To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to help fulfill our goals of promotion, retention, and advancement of the design talent studying and working in Philadelphia, TEN (10) spots on the 2014 Festival calendar are reserved exclusively for you – without registration fees – thanks to our new initiative, SEED.
May 6, 2014
Philadelphia (May 6, 2014) - Event registration is now open for the 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, being held October 9 through October 17, 2014. The Center invites any and all creative industry professionals working in the Philadelphia region to participate in this year's program via DesignPhiladelphia’s new website, developed by Jarvus Innovations. Also, for the first time, DesignPhiladelphia is accepting event proposals from local design students and emerging professionals through its SEED initiative, which will grant ten free spots on this year’s Festival calendar.
May 2, 2014
The advent of 3-D printing and its potential impacts on the future of design will be the subjects of the annual spring lecture organized by Collab, the group for modern and contemporary design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hod Lipson, co-author of Fabricated: The New World of 3D Design, will discuss his recent book and share his outlook on dramatic advances that offer the possibility of loading printers with dough, sugar, chocolate, or edibles to make design worthy food. Lipson will also consider the social implications of making such small-scale commodity production tools, previously employed by a few, available to almost anyone.
May 1, 2014
GRAY AREA, a project of DesignPhiladelphia, presents Rick Lowe for their Preservation Provocateur speaker series. Rick Lowe is a Houston artist, activist, and founder of Project Row Houses. On May 6th, Lowe will discuss how Project Row Houses has incorporated the preservation of small, freestanding “shotgun-style” houses, and the character of the historic 3rd Ward into its community-building work. Rick Lowe’s appearance is a partnership between GRAY AREA and the African-American Museum in Philadelphia. This event is free, however registration is appreciated.
April 11, 2014
If you're thinking about participating in this year's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) and you don't know where to start - consider taking tomorrow's workshops. Join John at Frank's Kitchen in Kensington, on April 12th, from 1-2pm, for How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture 2; an informative look at designing a kinetic sculpture from one of Philadelphia's originators of this art form! This class will cover basics including how to assemble a frame from torn apart bicycle frames, wheel considerations, durability considerations, steering systems, and more. RSVP here. (Part 2 of a 2 part course. You may attend even if you didn't attend part 1. $5 per day - but no one will be turned away.)
April 4, 2014
Philly Tech Week 2014 - presented by AT&T - is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation starts today and runs through April 12th. With over 140 events organized by 300 partners, we wanted to highlight some that caught our fancy here at DesignPhiladelphia for the design aficionado in you. Hope to see you there!
March 31, 2014
Speaker, Eric Smith, will tackle the topic of: SEX! Eric Smith is the author of the Geek's Guide to Dating, a fabulous guide to geek courtship, love and all things that lead from there. It is also a beautiful book decorated with lush and hilarious 8-Bit graphics. This event is free at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, but space is limited and advanced tickets are required.
March 25, 2014
The importance of the artist's role as "placemaker" has grown significantly in recent years. With increases in funding and visibility for artists that are working in this way, placemaking has established itself firmly in the world of visual art. Join us for a conversation that will explore the role of artist as placemaker, the social responsibility of working outside of the studio and the benefit of involving artists to define, create or alter place.