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By Sharon Leshner on Aug 11, 2016
The 12th Annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival events are up! This year’s theme is HOME. In 2016, the DesignPhiladelphia festival will focus on events and programs that demonstrate how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves, and to each other. From October 6th-16th universities, cultural institutions, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers and startups across the region participate in close to 100 events on topics spanning all design disciplines. All DesignPhiladelphia events are open to the public and a majority are free of charge. There will be no programming on October 11th and 12th in observance of Yom Kippur. Sneak peak of... more

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

By David Bender on Jul 21, 2016
On May 26th, 2016, Philadelphia became the first American city named a World Heritage City . Who decides which cities deserve this classification and what does it mean for Philadelphia? The Center for Architecture and Design's former Director, Hilary Jay , explains the ins and outs of this unique designation in her article for Hidden City. Read it at . more
By Elizabeth Paul on Jul 14, 2016
The Center is seeking volunteers to teach children workshops during our annual Constructing Play exhibition. Workshops are broken down by age categories: Read + Build for ages 5-8; Design + Construct for ages 9-12. Topics flexible, guidance provided as requested. A fun opportunity to get kids excited about architecture and design! If interested, contact Associate Director David Bender . more