The 2016 DesignPhiladelphia Festival will take place from October 6-16th, with no programming on the 11th and 12th in observation of Yom Kippur.

DesignPhiladelphia is the oldest open source design event of its kind in the country and the signature event of the Center / Architecture + Design. Working with over 150 partners each year, we offer a wide range of public programming to demonstrate Philadelphia’s re-emergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices.

Over the course of nine days, universities, cultural institutions, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers and startups across the region participate in more than 80 events on topics spanning across all design disciplines.


This year’s theme is Home. It’s the places where we live and where we come from. But it’s also a feeling of comfort and something that is familiar. Whether it’s an apartment; a house; our office; our favorite park; our City; or our World…the design of all of these places can help transform a place into that familiar, comforting feeling of home. In 2016, the DesignPhiladelphia festival will focus on events and programs that demonstrate how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves, and to each other.

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