2015 Festival

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Signs of Change Exhibition for DesignPhiladelphia. Image Credit: Chris Kendig Photography

December 3, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival
Throughout DesignPhiladelphia, local organizations, Here's My Chance + Street Dept. presented a collection of 60 "Vote Here" signs as a part of the project, Next Stop: Democracy. Together, these artists' "Vote Here" signs created a 1-day, pop-up art installation across Philadelphia on Election Day, November 3rd. The signs were placed outside of polling locations around the city in an effort to celebrate civic engagement and shout out with art where to vote. Their DesignPhiladelphia exhibition was a huge success, and left the audience wanting more. Though the signs are no longer on display, you can still get your fill of incredible design by following Next Stop: Democracy makers on Instagram! 40 Local Artists + Designers to Follow on Instagram: @lawrenalice @ryanbeck @JoeBoruchow @brownesean @ndapics @aeisenwinter @domepiscopo @cillustrates @NoseGo @KidHazo @Ishknits @old_broads @alrightmike @alfalfalovesme @kellykozma @hkrall amberlynnxo @JessieJayTLP @freshoffthedesk @carpediemconstructionco @mpdesignshop @harleqvin_studio @mike_l_perry @gaiastreetart @lemonsparklefantasy @sophie_roach @miriam_singer @jammermissile @sausage_and_peppers @alexaistefanou @seper215 @jasonandrewturner @styrovor @troioinuocmam @smallmacbigmouth @daveyasenchak @phillymagicgardens @heresmychance @streetsdept and of course.. @designphilly!more
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We Can: A Beercan Pop Up Garden, Image Courtesy of The Trestle Inn

October 26, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival
Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival a success! Our Festival is the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. From October 8th-16th we showcased the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals and we demonstrated the force of Philadelphia’s design, tech, and collaborative business practices, in over 85 events across the Greater Philadelphia area, This year’s Festival kicked off at the Liao Collection, a striking gallery abounding with Antique Chinese and Japanese furniture, objects of art and textiles. Over 300 guests mixed, mingled, and experienced the debut of Pearl Street Passage. All weekend Pearl Street Passage sent vibrations through Chinatown. Philadelphians of all ages experienced 10 interactive art installations that filled Pearl Street. Live performances by Worldtown Soundsystem, J.E Kim, Mobile Funk Unit, and Setu Tribe got the whole street dancing. On day four Asian Arts Initiative’s 3rd Annual Pearl Street Block Party rocked the street as the whole neighborhood came out to break bread, dance, and enjoy public art. Search #pearlstpassage on Instagram to see the Pearl Street Passage transformation through the public’s eye. The nine-days of DesignPhiladelphia were jam-packed with exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a...more
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Theotokos XXXI by Jay Walker from Old City

October 16, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival, Explore + Learn
Now that DesignPhiladelphia is over, what else could there possibly be left to do in Philadelphia? Fortunately, the city is burgeoning with enough creativity to last all year. This weekend, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (P.O.S.T.) is opening the doors to artists’ studios and creative workspaces west of Broad Street during P.O.S.T. West . As an annual Fall festival of visual art, P.O.S.T. enables self-guided tours of artist's studios and related creative workspaces, gallery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, artist talks, receptions, and guided tours. - See more at: http://philaopenstudios.org/post/info/about#sthash.YJQIerlH.dpuf We spoke with Marnie Lersch, Program Associate at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists , about the dynamic landscape of creativity throughout Philadelphia, and what visitors can expect this weekend at P.O.S.T. Q: What does SHIFT mean to you? A: We are seeing shifts in regards to the neighborhoods that artists are living and working in. Q: In which neighborhoods are you seeing significant changes? A: Germantown is up and coming. We now have quite a few participants with art studios in Germantown. Kensington/Port Richmond is another neighborhood with a strong artist community. Artists there have access to larger spaces. Crane Arts in Fishtown, The LOOM in Port Richmond, and Globe Dye...more
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Image Courtesy of Bergmann Associates

October 8, 2015 | 2015 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
These are our top ten picks for design professionals in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Industries. DesignPhiladelphia is packed with architecture-themed events, see the full event schedule here. Monument Lab: Panel & Party Thursday October 8th: 5:30PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free Architect as Artist Friday October 9th: 6:00PM - 9:00PM Ticket Price: Free O'Donnell & Naccarato Open House Friday October 9th: 5:30PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free SHIFT in Lifestyle Saturday October 10th: 1:00PM - 5:00PM Ticket Price: $5 ModeShift Sunday October 11th: 1:00PM - 3:00PM Ticket Price: Free; registration required. Corridor Realities -Taking it to the Streets Tuesday October 13th: 1:00PM - 4:00PM Ticket Price: $5 - $10 Design Adventures in Architectural Archaeology Tuesday October 13th: 6:30PM - 7:30PM Ticket Price: $10 Design SHIFT: PlaceMapping™ Tuesday October 13th: 5:30PM - 7:30PM Ticket Price: Free Shifting the Public Realm from Streets to Plaza Wednesday October 14th: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free SHIFT Interactive Thursday October 15th: 6:30PM - 8:30PM Ticket Price: Freemore
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Image Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield

October 6, 2015 | 2015 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
SHIFTING ATTITUDES IN HEALTH + WELLNESS: DESIGNED BY YOU, FOR YOU! Saturday October 10th: 2:30PM - 5:00PM Center for Architecture 1218 Arch St. PART OF THE 2015 DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL Design Your Own Schedule at DESIGNPHILADELPHIA.ORG Click HERE to add this event to your 2015 Festival Schedule The Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation, [email protected] at Thomas Jefferson University and Likuma Laboratories LLC are partnering to offer an afternoon of design thinking to produce innovative shifts in how we approach existing, or currently unchallenged problems, in health care. The session will begin with a 45 minute panel discussion about the future of health innovation by experts from the fields of design, health care and science. This will be followed by a charette, in which small groups formed from the audience ideate around 1 of 3 topics related to the general theme of #SHIFT in health and wellness. The topics are as follows: #1: New Ageing: How can we shift the process and perception of ageing to generate a system that is more dignified and healthy? #2: Architecture that promotes health + wellness: How do we design and engage with the built and natural environment, in active and passive ways,...more