DesignPhiladelphia 2017 Hosts 100+ Design Events During Its 10-Day Festival

The biggest fest of its kind includes parties, exhibitions, workshops and more...

Every year, DesignPhiladelphia brings the city’s architects, makers and manufacturers together to celebrate the changing shape of Philadelphia’s creative economy.

Now in its 13th year, the festival transforms creative institutions around the city, opening their doors to the public for a series of 100-plus events that highlight the collaborative partnerships remodeling our approach to industries like health care, retail and the arts.

DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FAST FACTS

  • DesignPhiladelphia 2017 will run from October 4-14, with a kickoff party on the evening of October 4.
  • A majority of DesignPhiladelphia events are free and open to the public.
  • This year’s festival introduces a new series of design crawls in Fishtown, Fairmount, Old City, Center City and West Philly.

Festival Overview

DesignPhiladelphia is the first design festival of its kind in the country.

Since 2005, the Center for Architecture and Design has worked with educational and cultural partners from around the region to call attention to the excellent work being done every day by local and international designers.

This year’s series of events will have a special focus on community engagement and the ways design thinking can bring people together to answer some of the world’s most challenging questions.

Programs and Events

While events take place across the entire city, The Center for Architecture and Design space in Market East acts as an educational hub throughout the ten-day fest, featuring an ongoing series of workshops, podcasts and panel discussions.

(Photo by Chris Kendig)
DesignPhiladelphia brings 100-plus events to the city, spanning every discipline of design.

And for the first time, DesignPhiladelphia has organized a series of design crawls that will take place in neighborhoods around the city. The tours will introduce the public to local design spaces, shops, studios, and educational resources in Center City, Fairmount and Brewerytown, Old City, Fishtown and West Philly.

Check out our top picks for the festival below, and make sure to peruse DesignPhiladelphia’s entire event schedule here.

Festival Top Picks

Kickoff Party 2017

The opening night event is the product of a collaboration between A.C. Moore and five design teams. Explore the best in innovation that the design world has to offer while sampling hors d'oeuvres from 12th Street Catering, burgers from Shake Shack and spirits and suds from Philadelphia Distilling, Quaker City Mercantile and Flying Fish Crafthouse.

Kickoff Party 2017

When:Wednesday, October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Cost:$60, general admission; $30, students

www.designphiladelphia.org

Sencity: A Smart City Project For Philadelphia

The whole city goes interactive for residents and tourists alike, thanks to the re-launch of an IoT (Internet of Things) platform created by Bresslergroup. The platform will provide data-driven recommendations for things to do in the Philadelphia area. Go to Bresslergroup's website at any time to participate.

Sencity: A Smart City Project For Philadelphia

When:October 5-14
Where:Online
Cost:Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

Graphic Medicine Kick-Off

When words fail in the face of complex problems, art can often step in to tell the story. A partnership between MEDstudio@JEFF, Philabundance, Mural Arts Philadelphia and artist Tom Judd will create a powerful display about hunger in the Delaware Valley, raising awareness of its impact on the community and how we can inspire healthier living. The event, preceding the creation of a new mural, will include a film screening and panel discussion.

Graphic Medicine Kick-Off

When:Thursday, October 5, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street, Hamilton Auditorium/Conrady Lobby
Cost:Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

Plans Really Do Come True!

The city has big plans for 2035. Goals include reduction of the city's carbon footprint, boosting the creative and health economies and remapping public spaces to promote historic and natural preservation. A fast-paced slideshow presentation will showcase the projects that are underway for Philadelphia's vital transformation.

Plans Really Do Come True!

When:Thursday, October 5, 8-9:30 a.m.
Where:Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

We Are All Designers: An IndyHall Exhibition

This exhibition seeks to break down the barrier between designers and the public. An interactive display of works by ten of the city’s designers will open up the creative process, introducing you to the common principles that inspire us all.

We Are All Designers: An IndyHall Exhibition

When:Friday, October 6, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Indy Hall, 399 Market Street #360
Cost:Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

Architects: Behind the TV Magic

It’s easy to get caught up in the dramatic, fast-paced projects that are built up and broken down on DIY and home improvement shows. If you’ve ever wondered what goes in to bringing these large-scale projects to completion, an exhibition at Tyler School of Art takes you behind the scenes. Follow the academic and professional journeys of architects to discover the various influences that allow their projects to take shape. The opening on October 7 will include refreshments, so be sure to RSVP.

Architects: Behind the TV Magic

When:Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-Noon
Where:Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street
Cost:Free (RSVP)

www.designphiladelphia.org

DESIGN + BUILD: Cardboard City & Building Bridges with Stick-lets at Sister Cities Park

A series of activities for the whole family can be found at Sister Cities Park on Saturday, October 7. By building cardboard cities or Stick-let bridges, children and adults will experience the way design shapes our communities and everyday lives.

DESIGN + BUILD: Cardboard City & Building Bridges with Stick-lets at Sister Cities Park

When:Saturday, October 7; Building Bridges: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; DESIGN + BUILD: 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Where:Sister Cities Park, 210 North 18th Street
Cost:Building Bridges: $5; DESIGN + Build: Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

Art Star Pop Up Market

The Art Star Pop Up Market on October 7 features clothing, jewelry, prints and other goods from more than 25 local arts and crafts vendors set up in the Center for Architecture and Design space in Market East.

Art Star Pop Up Market

When:Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.designphiladelphia.org

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