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July 8, 2014
Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled the Community Design Collaborative’s conceptual plans for Frankford Pause, Destination Frankford’s pop up park to be built on the vacant lot next to the Margaret-Orthodox Station, at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street.
July 1, 2014
The 2014 PHS Pop Up Garden, located on a lot owned by Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble, will be a gathering place through the summer and early fall. The Pop Up Garden, designed by Groundswell Design Group and the landscape architects of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, will feature tropical cocktails, a great selection of beers, a rotating array of food trucks, and flavorful dishes served by the Jamaican Jerk Hut. Guests will enjoy an allée of zelkova trees transplanted from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, palm trees, hammocks, glittering lights, live acoustic performances, and special programming.
July 1, 2014
For the past ten years, DesignPhiladelphia has produced a picture of the talent, diversity, and opportunities available in this great city. But, those opportunites are available all year long, just check out this schedule of July workshops handpicked by our DP team from some of the busiest coworking spaces in Philadelphia.
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 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.