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Sep 30 2008

Celebrate Design!

DesignPhiladelphia 2008 Returns October 16-22

This is a DesignPhiladelphia press release.

It’s a banner year for DesignPhiladelphia (DP), the festival that spotlights all things design from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, textile to graphic design. With over 90 events, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest event of its kind in America. From Thursday, October 16th thru Wednesday, October 22nd – in conjunction with National DesignWeek – boutiques, galleries, design studios, cultural institutions, universities, warehouses and city streets become platforms for the creative energy soaring throughout Philadelphia.

DesignPhiladelphia champions emerging talent reflective of Philadelphia’s diverse design influences while giving the established design leaders of this city a great opportunity to show off. There are well over 90 events this year including: A Clean Break, Minima’s pop-up village of architecturally designed pre-fabricated homes on Broad Street; [spot], design interventions in parking spaces on Broad Street; Philly♥Design, an exhibition of over 50 designers’ works at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia; Stare, a fashion event highlighting tattoos; Innovation Philadelphia’s Entrepreneurial Expo at The Center for Architecture; SoReFa (Socially Responsible Fashion), an eco-couture runway show; Dirt: Clean Design on 4th Street, a series of workshops, exhibitions, open studios and the like; Designing for the Dead, a walking tour of artist- and architect-designed cemetery monuments at Laurel Hill; Community Design Collaborative’s Expanding Architecture lecture and booksigning by Bryan Bell.

This year, the selected theme for DesignPhiladelphia is Down to Earth: Evolving Design in the 21st Century, a subject matter that recognizes and gives voice to the enormity of eco-culture initiatives taking place locally, across the country, and around the world. Many participants are addressing this topic through their installations, symposia, fashion shows, tours, workshops, and product launches.

In 2007, approximately 160,000 people attended DesignPhiladelphia, including Philadelphia residents, as well as students, professionals, and consumers working, studying, and living within the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, over 450,000 others encountered DesignPhiladelphia information through our website www.designphiladelphia.org), event catalog, posters, bus shelters and magazine advertisements.

Since 2004, DesignPhiladelphia has made a significant contribution in telling the story of the expanding creative vibrancy in Philadelphia. While unifying businesses, academic institutions, and professional associations, DesignPhiladelphia continues to showcase the diverse and evergrowing population of Philadelphia designers.

DesignPhiladelphia is administered by The Design Center at Philadelphia University, where Hilary Jay, co-founder of DP, is the Executive Director. Nearly every event is free and all are open to the public. Please check our Website for up-to-date event information: www.designphiladelphia.org.

The Design Center at Philadelphia University is one of the rare institutions in America solely devoted to exploring the design arts. Its purpose is to help people understand how and why design shapes everyday life. The Design Center recognizes that design is as simple as a paper clip, as political as a voting ballot, and as complex as a city plan. Through exhibitions, K-12 enrichment programs, college-level curriculum, lectures and special events, The Design Center reflects and supplements Philadelphia University’s broadening design curriculum that includes architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, digital design, textile design, fashion, interactive media and product design.

In addition to mounting exhibitions and creating unique public initiatives, The Design Center houses the University’s extensive historical and contemporary textile collection. The collection – some 200,000 items strong – is a nationally recognized resource for the study of American, European, and non-Western textiles from the first century AD to the present. It is also the only comprehensive repository of 19th- and 20th-century industrial fabric samples in the United States, documenting a broad range of styles and techniques, and serving as a critical resource for research on American commercial and industrial design.

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