DesignPhiladelphia Top Exhibitions

September 25, 2017 | DesignPhiladelphia

In addition to the 130+ events during the Festival, there are exhibitions openings all around the city. Read on for our picks of must-see exhibitions in Philadelphia this October.

1. Merge Exhibit

October 4th – 14th | 12 PM – 12 PM

What better way to commence week-long exhibitions, than having a Merge exhibit presented by the Architectural Glass Institute and constructed by the talents of students from the Finishing Trades Institute and Jefferson University.  

Also, learn more about MERGE at a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 11th from 5 – 7:30 PM at the Center for Architecture and Design.


2. Textile Tectonics

October 4th – 11th | 8 AM – 10 PM

The exhibit presents ongoing student projects from the IDEA (interdisciplinary design and experimental architecture) Studio of Philadelphia University. This year’s studio explores cross-disciplinary frontiers between architecture, textile design, and engineering.

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Cai Guo-Qiang, "Fireflies", 2016. Digital rendering. Courtesy of Cai Studio.


3. Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

October 5th – 8th | 6 – 10 PM

"Fireflies" will invite residents and visitors to actively experience the Parkway at night as hundreds of luminous colorful lanterns attached in clusters to 27 customized pedicabs glide along the city’s grand boulevard. A five-minute documentary video will also accompany the installation, taking viewers from Quanzhou to Philadelphia.

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4. Type Tiles

October 5th – 14th | 10 AM – 6 PM

Type is developed through a series of repeated forms, distinguishing one character from the next. TYPE TILES demonstrates each letter of the alphabet as subject, becoming object, variable in style and repeating in arrangement. AIGA Philadelphia, together built an abstracted alphabet of typographic patterns.

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5. Industrial Design Now: Industrial Design Now: Exhibition of Student and Alumni Work

October 5th – 14th | 10 AM – 8 PM

The University of Arts’ Industrial Design students apply creativity + innovation to real world issues. This exhibition showcases student work from all levels, using process that includes: researching, sketching, material understanding, digital fabrication, writing, photographing, building, experimentation, working with the community, and critical thinking.

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6. Snap Crackle Pop

October 5th – 14th | 10 AM – 7 PM

A lighting installation in the entrance of the Center for Architecture and Design building highlights how contemporary design and technology can invite interactive play. Mily-on has created sculptural forms that glow, glimmer and swarm, and need to be seen both day and night.

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Photo Cred: Linda Brenner


7. Architectonic Shift

October 5th – 10th | 11 AM – 4 PM

Park Towne Place and InLiquid present "Architectonic Shift," an exhibition of four distinct artists telling the story of changing landscapes and cityscapes through art objects, actions, drawings, and installation. "Architectonic Shift" is a part of the Parkway 100’s Connections and Collections Centennial Celebration Exhibition Series.

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8. We Are All Designers: An IndyHall Exhibition

October 6th | 4 – 7 PM

“We are all Designers” is an interactive exhibit that strips away design jargon and exposes principles of the process that we can all connect with. Come and explore the design process of 10 different creative minds from the IndyHall community and learn about the principles that shape their work.

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9. Front Street Floral Crawl

October 9th – 11th | 11 AM – 4 PM

Cassie Plummer, owner of Jig-Bee Flower Farm in Kensington and Maura Feeney, owner of Maura Rose Events in Fishtown, bring you the first ever Front Street Floral Crawl. Large scale living floral-installations will be displayed at the awesome businesses of Front Street and Frankford Avenues created by several of Philadelphia's finest Floral Designers.

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10. Herman Miller’s Modern Classis Exhibit

October 10th – 14th | 10 AM – 6 PM

Herman Miller's Modern Classic competition invites architects and designers from the Philadelphia area to reimagine, reinterpret, redesign & deconstruct one of the most iconic chairs in furniture history, the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair.

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11. Philafad Open House

October 10th | 4 – 8 PM

Works by architectural photographers, woodworkers, architects, metal workers, and more will be on display. philafad was started as a networking organization for creatives; come prepared to network with philafad’s group of makers. 

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