Press Release: Center for Architecture Announces 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Programming


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Center for Architecture Announces 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Programming 

The Oldest and Largest Design Event of its Kind in the Country Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa (September 12, 2014) – Returning this fall, DesignPhiladelphia’s festival - dubbed "A Decade of Design" in celebration of its 10th anniversary - will feature more than 120 events throughout the city from Thursday, October 9 through Friday, October 17. Over the last decade, DesignPhiladelphia has grown into America’s preeminent showcase for educating the public about the role design plays in our everyday lives through a wide breadth of innovative and experiential programming. 

DesignPhiladelphia launches on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place, a cocktail party benefit and silent auction hosted by Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet in their new 8,400-square-foot production studio at 1526 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. The citywide celebration continues from October 9 through October 17 with nine days of non-stop programming championing all manner of design from architecture to graphics, interior design to urban planning, industrial design to fashion. The work of over 450 emerging and established designers and creative thinkers will be highlighted in more than 120 events. A vast majority of these events – set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, and public spaces – are free and all are open to the public. 

Makers at Work 

“DesignPhiladelphia supports the local Philadelphia maker community, many of whom offer their products on the international stage. Many of the city’s previously vacant, industrial spaces are alive with small-scale production and creative studios," says Hilary Jay, Director of the Center for Architecture. "DesignPhiladelphia is the annual all-access pass into this burgeoning world. Festivalgoers can see designers in action at numerous open studios this year and access some of the city’s most unique design spaces, many of which only open to the public during this occasion." 

Over the course of the nine days, attendees can shop locally-designed and locally-made products at several boutiques and pop-ups throughout the city; including the Tyler Art Market (which saw 2,000 attendees last year), the first annual Old City Fest, StylePOP at Dilworth Park, and the AIA Bookstore Makers Market. In addition, visitors can explore the American Street Showroom, recently featured in Dwell and the Philadelphia Inquirer; Bario Neal, where jewelry is handcrafted from reclaimed metals and ethnically-sourced stones; and Klip Collective with interactive work-in-progress, merging projection mapping with volumetric sculptures. 

Several hands-on workshops will give attendees freedom to explore DIY design - working with materials in an experiential way. From constructing custom lighting fixtures to repurposing denim, building stick-forts to designing your own robot – there’s something for all ages. 

Philadelphia’s Unique Assets 

Philadelphia’s tech and design minds are converging in co-working spaces citywide, producing globally recognized innovations in medicine, manufacturing, education, and the like. As a burgeoning sector of Philadelphia’s economy, DesignPhiladelphia provides a platform for creative thinkers to network, collaborate, and form lasting connections in the business, technology, and manufacturing sectors. This year’s schedule offers many opportunities for professional development including programming on: intellectual property rights, taking a product to market, strategic crowdfunding for startups, and local manufacturing options. Others will showcase how design creates sustainable social impact in communities, how it relates to service-based businesses/organizations, and how it can transform the landscape of a neighborhood. 

Philadelphia can uniquely boost seven separate higher education schools with world-class design departments. DesignPhiladelphia offers them the opportunity to present their students’ and alumnae’s work, cutting-edge programs, and faculty research. This year, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia University, Drexel University, and the University of the Arts are all presenting programs. For instance, Pentagram principal and graphic designer, Paula Scher, fresh off of rebranding the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be speaking about her practice on October 16 at Temple University. 

For the first time, Australia's Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, will be participating in DesignPhiladelphia with a panel discussion moderated by international design writer and program director, Peter Hall. This program will bring together design educators and practitioners from Australia and the U.S. to discuss the conceptual and practical challenges facing design education in the 21st century. There will be an accompanying exhibition at the Crane Arts Building. 

Over a dozen tours being offered will provide unique ways to experience the city’s neighborhoods, discover Philadelphia’s rich design history, and traverse Philadelphia’s next great public space - the Rail Park - scheduled to break ground in 2015. 

A list of 2014 Signature Events can be found below. For the full line-up, to register, and purchase tickets to all events, visit New for 2014, the online event calendar allows registered users the ability to create their own personalized schedule, export it to iCal or Google calendar, or print it out for easy access. Chat with us @designphilly using #decadeofdesign, follow us on, and find design inspiration on pinterest/designphilly. Printed Festival Event Guides can be found at various locations, including: the Center for Architecture and AIA Bookstore located at 1218 Arch Street; the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 


About DesignPhiladelphia 

Co-founded in 2004 by Jamer Hunt, Joseph Dennis Kelly II, and Hilary Jay, DesignPhiladelphia was created to enlighten the public about the breadth and depth of visionary work taking place behind closed doors, to promote student retention, and foster business growth throughout the Philadelphia region. A signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia is now run under the leadership of Hilary Jay, Director of the Center, a 501 (C)3 organization. Primary sponsors of the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival include: The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, Brownstein Group, DuPont™ Corian®, Jarvus Innovations, Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, Econsult Solutions, and Metropolis Magazine. 

About Center for Architecture 

The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and children's programming on architecture, urban planning, and design. The Center is also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative. For more information visit:

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