news + commentary on design
By Nova Harris on May 20, 2015
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is now accepting event proposals for the 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, taking place from October 8-16 . Working with over 150 partners each year, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival offers a wide range of open-sourced, independently organized, public programming to demonstrate Philadelphia’s re-emergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices. Events can include exhibitions, talks, workshops, demonstrations, tours, open studios, and street happenings – and span across all design disciplines. Festival Theme This year’s theme is SHIFT. We challenge you to create events that SHIFT commonly-held perspectives on how design influences... more
DesignPhiladelphia photo: Bryce Gibson
By Elizabeth Paul on May 19, 2015
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Design Enthusiasts, Time flies! After establishing DesignPhiladelphia more than ten years ago, I am stepping away as the Director of the program, and as Director of the Center for Architecture. The timing is right. After a decade at the helm, DesignPhiladelphia is on sound footing with a terrific team in place to ensure its success for years to come. DesignPhiladelphia was the first of its kind in the U.S. and it has served as an inspiration and model for design festivals nationwide. Here in Philadelphia, it catalyzes the creative community, breaks down silos among the design... more
Iznik project

Esra Beray Goktug - "Iznik"

By Minh Tran on May 6, 2015
The University of the Arts School of Design senior exhibition, Formulate, is now on view at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition features the work of graduating students from the class of 2015 in the programs of design, art + technology, graphic design, industrial design, MDes in design for social impact, and MFA in museum exhibition planning + design. The exhibit features 16 students exploring their senior thesis projects. The projects cover a wide variety of topics and interests from redesigning everyday items such as backpacks that transform into luggage and a collapsable drum kit for easier travel to creating... more