Get inspired at the DesignPhiladelphia festival

 

This year's citywide DesignPhiladelphia festival runs Oct. 10-18.  Credit: Bryce Gibson
This year’s citywide DesignPhiladelphia festival runs Oct. 10-18.
Credit: Bryce Gibson

DesignPhiladelphia is not just about architecture. It isn’t solely focused on fashion, public art, commercial art or urban planning, either. The nine-day Center for Architecture festival, now in its ninth year, is an amalgamation of all those things. It’s a multi-event collaboration that stretches far and wide across the city, starting tomorrow. But you can get a jump start on the festivities at Wednesday’s kick-off party at bahdeebahdu in Kensington. (The after-party, featuring King Britt, is at American Street Studio.)

DesignPhiladelphia “exposes what’s going on in the creative economy in Philadelphia by showcasing the community and what they have to offer through exhibitions and workshops,” says Nova Harris, program manager.

There are points when this festival will show you a creative side to Philly that you may have overlooked. Take, for example, the open studio tours which give you a peek into the local art scene, and the neighborhood tours, like the free trolley tour of Philadelphia’s historic rowhomes.

For some of us looking at the exterior isn’t sufficient. For those obsessed with “real estate porn,” who love to drool over lavish interiors, join the free At Home with Mid-Century Architecture and Design tour, which takes you inside a stunning 1958 home designed by Irwin Stein. Current owner Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher has passionately decorated her and her husband’s domicile with era-appropriate furniture, tableware and wallpaper. Tilkens-Fisher’s love of the flea market hunt inspired her Etsy shop, At Home Modern, where she sells vintage treasures and home goods.

But DesignPhiladelphia is about way more than decor — even painstakingly handcrafted decor we covet. “There are some things that started as a DesignPhiladelphia project that have really taken off. Not a Vacant Lot and pop-up gardens on Broad are some of them,” Harris says, referring to previous exhibitions that put vacant lots to good use or turned them into artist spaces as a way to raise awareness of the city’s underused lots – many of which are eyesores.

Go to www.designphiladelphia.org for a full calendar of events, prices, and times. Many are free but require registration due to limited capacity.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

Movies

Fall Movie Preview: 10 films to see this…

Despite being awards season, the next four months bring a glut of remakes, rehashes and sequels. Here are 10 that should be better worth your time.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…