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Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation

The Design Philadelphia logo Credit: Courtesy Design Philadelphia


October 8-16, 2015

Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia. Now in its 10th year, the annual city-wide festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

During the nine-day festival, approximately 200,000 people are estimated to explore the world of design during more than 120 events held throughout the city. DesignPhiladelphia aims to celebrate and promote Philadelphia a design capital and destination.

More than 400 artists, professionals and students alike, will be represented in practically every design discipline, including automotive, product and interior design, graphic design, architecture, multi-media and urban planning. Events included exhibitions, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to help shine a light on the city’s design scene and history.

Most events are free and open to the public.

For more on DesignPhiladelphia and complete listing of events, click the button below.


DesignPhiladelphia Highlights

Popup Place 2014
October 8, 2014
The 10th anniversary of DesignPhiladelphia kicks-off with an evening at Bluecadet, an award-winning digital agency in Fishtown. Enjoy an evening of interactive experiences, specialty cocktails and the Reflecting Design silent auction featuring IKEA® mirrors transformed by 20 Philadelphia design stars.

Emergence of a Modern Metropolis: Philadelphia
October 9, 11-12. 14, 16
Explore the city’s diverse architectural styles and building technologies that have shaped the modern landscape during a walking tour of major Philadelphia attractions hosted by the Center for Architecture.

Lairs of Self in Everyday Life
October 17, 2014
The 2014 festival closes out at the Crane Arts Ice Box with an immersive and interactive installation from Sean Martorana and Dejha Ti. Lairs of Self will transform the 5,000-square-foot space with multiple projections and Corian® sculptures that encourage visitor participation to create live permutations of design.

Interactive Events Calendar

With so many events to choose from, navigating DesignPhiladelphia can be intimidating. Fortunately, this year there is a brand-new interactive calendar that makes discovering and scheduling DesignPhiladelphia events incredibly easy. Sort by type of event, neighborhood, date or discipline to hit on appealing events — and truly, there is an event for every taste.

Click the button below to begin putting together your own personalized calendar for DesignPhiladelphia.

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DesignPhiladelphia was started in 2004 and now serves as the signature annual event for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.


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320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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