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October 5, 2012
If London is the international pioneer of the citywide design week, our own DesignPhiladelphia, launched in 2005, is the U.S. pioneer. It was the first not to be centered on a trade show and the first to act as a platform and bullhorn to define and promote a city's sprawling design talent. After Philadelphia came San Francisco, and in the last three years a wave of others around the world have followed, giving rise to a bit of a "what have we wrought" moment in London. One of the panels at its festival last month was called, "Design Festivals: Who Needs Them?"
September 28, 2012
As a preview to the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, join us for an inside look at the architectural influences of the interactive public art project Open Air, Wednesday, October 3 from 6 - 8 PM at The University of Pennsylvania. PennDesign welcomes Richard Sommer, Dean of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, in conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, creator of Open Air. Open Air, commissioned by the Association for Public Art, combines public art with mobile technology to create a spectacular participatory experience that illuminates the night sky over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 21st and 24th Streets. The project is now on view during the hours of 8pm – 11pm nightly from September 20 - October 14, 2012. Ken Lum, Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program and noted public artist himself, will introduce the PennDesign discussion, and Penny Balkin Bach, Artistic and Executive Director of the Association for Public Art, will moderate.
September 10, 2012
The 8th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, in partnership with The University of the Arts, will place a spotlight on Philadelphia’s rich design history and creative industries at work, Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2012. The citywide Festival will feature five days of non-stop programming championing design, showcasing the work of more than 400 designers and creative thinkers in over 120 public events. Visit designphiladelphia.org for a full schedule of events.
September 5, 2012
Hilary Jay is a dynamo. She presides over DesignPhiladelphia at the University of the Arts, an impressively democratic array of design events, exhibitions, lectures, open studios, demonstrations, and street happenings, reached by some 200,000 people each fall. Jay thus proudly stakes her claim on “design as destination.” DesignPhiladelphia follows Philadelphia’s great tradition of free access to many important cultural institutions. Jay notes, “Most of our programs are free and open to the public. I work hard to remove barriers to entry. DesignPhiladelphia is a great equalizer.”
October 25, 2011
They sound like lyrics from The Sound of Music: scissors and cameras and fashion store catwalks; chairs and eyeglasses and train station hallways; plaster gargoyles on historic facades. These are a few of Jay's favorite things. For seven years, Hilary Jay has been walking the talk: design is everywhere. As director of DesignPhiladelphia, she has assembled a dizzying array of subjects and objects; from things that can be held in your hand to the city grid that frames your imagination.The annual 10-day festival is created in partnership with the University of the Arts, but Jay still does a lot of the legwork. We tried to keep up with her as she criss-crossed the city, running from event to event. At the end, we developed a deeper appreciation for the designer of her shoes.
October 11, 2011
Its industrial-strength, big-manufacturing economy is long gone, and Philadelphia, like many cities, is embracing Richard Florida's much-vaunted "creative class" as a key to growth. But no other American city struts its creative stuff with more vigor than during the upcoming DesignPhiladelphia. For 11 days (October 13-23), DesignPhiladelphia propels design -- in its many disciplines -- to the forefront, with more than 150, mostly-free public events: movie viewings, runway shows, book signings, workshops, demonstrations, open houses, exhibitions and parties.
August 12, 2011
Conceived and Curated by Marianne Bernstein (curator of The Welcome House in Love Park during DesignPhiladelphia 2009) the project aimed to bring some of Philadelphia’s best video artists to an unexpected public place, City Hall’s Dillworth Plaza.
December 1, 2010
Two years ago, during the annual citywide fest DesignPhiladelphia, parking spots on a busy block in Center City were temporarily inhabited by “interventions.” They included a corrugated cardboard seating area for seven, an acid-green and blue napping module, and a waist-high wooden platform affixed with tens of tiny cars on springs that bobbed to and fro with the whoosh of each passing SEPTA bus. The installations were entries for “Spot,” a competition that challenged designers to reclaim the parking spot and to generate thought about public space.