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October 3, 2012
Will Philadelphia's mega-museums snatch visitors from the city's smaller cultural institutions? Or will these legacy projects collapse under the weight of their own outsized ambitions? Or, will all boats be lifted? Join in the conversation at Philadelphia's Mega-Museums: Iconic Forms Over Function? - a panel discussion presented by The Architect's Newspaper as part of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival on Thursday, October 11 at 5:30pm, fittingly at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, a museum housed in two historic townhouses on a residential block in the city's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood..
October 2, 2012
On Wednesday, October 10, a diverse lineup of speakers will take the spotlight at the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch Street) and give their take on What's Next for Philly using 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece Pecha Kucha-style. Fast Forward >> Philly, which will take place on the first day of the 8th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, was organized by designers Erike De Veyra and Kathy Lent. We checked in with Erike and Kathy to talk about the future of Philadelphia's design community and learn more about their Festival event.
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 26, 2012
Join DesignPhiladelphia for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse. We're kicking the festival off on Wednesday, October 10 with two back-to-back programs - a Cocktail Party + Benefit celebration (ticketed) that will roll into the free PopUp Place Street Party, igniting the 900 block of cobblestone Canal Street, at the doors of Provenance.
September 26, 2012
Free DesignPhiladelphia Festival Guidebooks are available at loads of locations across the city. If you haven't nabbed a copy yet, check-in at one of these four hot places with an endless supply - Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
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 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.”
August 24, 2012
You’re invited to PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party. Join us for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.Cocktail Party + Benefit Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:30 – 7:30pm Provenance Architecturals overflows inside and out with materials old and new: from Corinthian columns, to retro globes, Victorian streetlamps, modern furniture and home decor, monumental church stained glass, slate slabs, stacks of reclaimed wood, 19th-century milling tools and much more. You’re invited to PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party. Join us for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.
August 16, 2012
Chances are you’ve explored Philadelphia by foot, bike, bus, and train; through food, music, art, and design; in work, play, and a thousand other ways. You may have dreamed about what could be next - for your community, your industry, and for this great city... but have you shared that vision with anyone else? Fast Forward Philly is looking for you. Take the stage during the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival (October 10-14) at Fast Forward >> What's Next for Philly?
July 25, 2012
The time has come to rethink Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and fill in the dead zones between cultural attractions with spaces and places for people to enjoy. Our friends at Penn Praxis and The Penn Project on Civic Engagement are working with Parks & Recreation on an Action Plan for the Parkway, shaped around quick-hit projects. A big part of creating the plan involves sourcing Philadelphia's citizens for community input and discussing the kinds of programs and projects that might enhance the Parkway experience. Go weigh in on the Parkway's future!