DesignPhiladelphia Starts Today

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The 2021 edition of the Center for Architecture and Design’s annual DesignPhiladelphia festival kicks off at the Cherry Street Pier.

While it has morphed considerably since its 2005 start, DesignPhiladelphia – a weeks-long, TED Talk-filled show of local designers, manufacturers, and architects to identify and portray this city as a hub for creative activity and economy – is still dedicated to showing off the wares and stares that make Philadelphia great. Even when too few citizens outside of our city limits realize it.

The annual 10-day October festival produced by the Center for Architecture and Design for the purpose of presenting “design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives,” is ready for its close up of 130 plus events starting tonight, October 6 at 6 pm, at the still-new-paint-smelling Cherry Street Pier (121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd). Ever drink with a Philly architect at an open bar? It’s something vivid to see.


The 2021 iteration of DesignPhiladelphia features everything from its usual Best in Emerging Design Competition and Exhibition where six regional designers and design companies crafting innovative, high-quality products that have a positive impact on daily life fight it out for the winning design solution to be announced at the Kickoff Party tonight with the winner receiving the $5,000 prize.

Other installations and exhibitions launching at Cherry Street Pier and throughout the city for DesignPhiladelphia include The White Lotus by Hoffman Design Group (certainly inspired by HBO’s bizarre black comic series), a thief at the empty stage by Saint Gil in the MGA Partners Studio Windows at 234 Market St – very spooky and noirish – AOS Architects + Keast & Hood Structural Engineers’ luminous, yet vague Veiled Passage, and more.

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