Fresh off its 10th anniversary celebration, DesignPhiladelphia is back and planning to make an even bigger impact in 2015. This year's Festival will kick off the evening of October 8th with programming running from October 8-16th. To get your creative juices flowing and inspire you in planning experiences that demonstrate the power of design - this year's theme is SHIFT - as in: a shift in perspective, shifting into motion, or a transformation/change.
Pearl Street Passage
As we announced last June, DesignPhiladelphia, Asian Arts Initiative, and Friends of the Rail Park recieved a grant from ArtPlace America. The grant will fund the revitalization of a 4-block corridor of Pearl Street – from 10th Street to Broad - in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood to create an art and culture destination and led by the team at Groundswell Design Group, with an amazing track record for creative placemaking in the city. This work will be revealed to the public and DesignPhiladelphia will kick off the 2015 Festival with Pearl Street Passage.
Aerial view of site.
Slated as the marquee event of the festival, Pearl Street Passage will be a temporary, cutting-edge, outdoor exhibition on the 1100 block that will celebrate this new locus of creativity and social vibrancy. Pearl Street Passage – from setup through strike – is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 to Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The Passage will be open to the public for several days – exact dates TBD – during that week. DesignPhiladelphia is working with Groundswell Design Group as chief curator for Pearl Street Passage. Groundswell is the award-winning design firm known for Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Independence Beer Garden, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and other game-changing projects.
The Passage will also showcase the Asian Arts Initiative’s work with Groundswell on permanent improvements to Pearl Street and Friends of the Rail Park’s vision and progress in transforming the Reading Viaduct into an elevated park. The entire scope of the project was recently covered on Metropolis Magazine's blog, POV. DesignPhiladelphia programming, such as neighborhood tours, “design crawls” and performances, will boost attendance. In addition, DesignPhiladelphia will kick off with its annual and highly anticipated opening party at the Passage on Thursday, October 8.
Find Out More Feb. 24th
DesignPhiladelphia is currently seeking expressions of interest from architects, designers and artists of all types, construction companies and builders, and other creative disciplines, from the Chinatown/North Callowhill community and from Greater Philadelphia in general. The Passage offers a great opportunity for participants to get their names and work before a large audience -- last year DesignPhiladelphia communications and advertising reached millions. There will be an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24 at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Your attendance is strongly encouraged. At the meeting we will discuss the schedule, the specifications, the stipend and other details and answer your questions. Following the meeting, curated, multi-disciplinary teams will be invited to design, build and install short-term installations that will be experiential, educational and fun around the festival theme - SHIFT.
For questions related to the Pearl Street Passage project, please contact Elise Vider, project manager. For more information on getting involved in programming for the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood, contact Nova Harris, DesignPhiladelphia program manager.