Philadelphia celebrates design in citywide event

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The Independent Online
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In the "city of brotherly love," Philadelphia Design showcases the town's vibrant design scene with a citywide event featuring 125 exhibits, workshops, tours, and lectures, and showcasing the works of 500 designers, October 7-13.

For the fifth year, Philadelphia Design, organized by the Design Center at Philadelphia University, has grown into one of the biggest design events in the country with dozens of exhibits, workshops, and tours.

From an all-day knitting performance to competitions from a bike rack design to the ideal dollhouse, the program schedule will highlight architecture, interior design, fashion, graphics, textiles, and products, with a special focus on sustainability and urban revitalization.

The kick-off event at the "The Welcome House," a 10-foot by 10-foot transparent cube erected in Love Park, involves a new work to be created by several artists based on interaction with the public.

Events include a tour of America's first public high school dedicated to architecture and design (founded in 1999), a champagne and culinary trolley tour of Philadelphia's mural arts, a course in "Therapeutic Healing Color Strategies," a sample sale at Marketplace Design Center.

Workshops cover topics from stormwater management systems to making scagliola, an art deco artificial stone created with plaster, enjoying a revival from the 1920s as an alternative to quarrying marble.

Event Dates
Start : 7-10-2009
End : 13-10-2009
Price : 90% free