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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.
March 3, 2014
In REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason explore today's most popular cultural design trends and how they can fit into the modern interior. On March 20, Hays and Mason will continue the discussion! Join them with panelists Craig Wilson of Gallery 51, Jamila Payne of Soul Purpose Company and Sharne Algotsson, author of The Spirit of African Design, as they explore the hidden meanings woven into today's most popular cultural accessories from throughout the African Diaspora and the various ways that contemporary African American decor styles incorporate and build on those meanings in modern homes and interiors.
February 27, 2014
Pssst....we're turning 10 this year and this would be an awesome birthday present!
February 4, 2014
The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014. The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. Last year, over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. This year, guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. Stay tuned for details.
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
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.