This is evident in everything from the SHIFT_DESIGN pop-up store selling beautifully crafted planters and rainwater collection barrels to the temporary BetterBlocksPhilly installation which explores innovative neighborhood street design and traffic calming strategies.
In its 7th year, DesignPhiladelphia kicks off tomorrow, Thursday October 13th, with an awards ceremony presenting Mayor Michael A. Nutter the first annual Design Champion Award, followed by gallery visits to the Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly Gallery and the Action Mill. The night ends with the Curlie Show, a performance featuring the, "flirtatious design of burlesque hair styles."
Check out the DesignPhiladelphia site for a full listing of letterpress and jewelry making workshops, interior design talks, architecture lectures, open studio visits, exhibitions and more.
Here's a roundup of some not-to-be-missed events and exhibitions:
+ Core77 jurist Rama Chorpash on the exchange between people and everyday things!
+ Skateboarding is a lifestyle and what better way to use old boards than turning them into new products? Push Sk8board Gallery exhibits products from Deck Stool alongside photography, sculpture and art.
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