Wrapping up its ninth year of celebrating the vibrant local design community, DesignPhiladelphia remains one of the largest design festivals in the entire country.
Amid Philadelphia’s festivals devoted to food, drink and pure entertainment, DesignPhiladelphia’s mission celebrates the historic role of design in the Philadelphia region while showcasing innovation yet to come.
With more than 120 events over the past nine days — from progressive exhibitions to hands-on engagements — the festival has presented an incredible range of programming from symposia and round table discussions to street parties, exhibitions and public installations.
Tonight, the whole festival wraps with The Closing Party: A Fundraiser for Friends of the Rail Park, a ticketed benefit party and presentation of conceptual designs by Olin, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and CVM for transforming the former City Branch of the Reading Railroad into a public park.
At 6 p.m., join in a merry fundraising event and meet the design team and board of Friends of the Rail Park. Contribute $75 per person, and learn about the incredible vision for a three-mile long park along the Reading Viaduct east of Broad Street and the submerged lines to the west.
From 8 to 11 p.m., show up for a festive fete to celebrate DesignPhiladelphia and the completion of this important festival. A $25 ticket supports the efforts of the rail park, too.
Tickets to both the fundraiser and the after-party are available online, and all proceeds go to support the awesome, ambitious rail park project.
DesignPhiladelphia 2013 Closing Party
When: Friday, October 18, 6-11 p.m.
Where: CITYSPACE, 2200 Walnut Street
Cost: $75, fundraiser; $25, reception
More info: www.designphiladelphia.org