Signature Events

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Kickoff Party & Benefit

Preview Pearl Street Passage - this year’s marquee event! Be the first to explore 10 interactive installations along the 1100 block of Pearl Street before it opens to the public. Mix and mingle with the multi-disciplinary teams of architects, designers, artists, and builders who made it happen!

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Festival Kickoff Party & Benefit

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Learn about the power design has to solve problems, create innovation, and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and city

Ideal for community & grassroots warriors, budding change agents, and the civic-minded

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Shifting Attitudes in Health + Wellness: Designed by You, For You!

Sat 10

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Next Generation

Children and young adults explore design; it’s ability to shape their future and create positive change

Ideal for students grades K-12, their parents and educators

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Play Space | Art of Active Play - Healthy Play Panel

Thu 08

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Engage with design and explore Philadelphia’s historic and contemporary ases through hands-on workshops and neighborhood tours

Ideal for history-buffs, urban explorers, DIY’ers, and makers

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Create with Corian! Hands On Workshop at NextFab_SOLDOUT

Tue 13

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Meet the people, explore the ideas, and see the things inspiring the latest trends in design

Ideal for design aficionados and inspiration seekers

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Society of Design Conference presented by Go Welsh

Thu 15

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Spend time networking and get inspired through professional development opportunities for design professionals, faculty, and students

Ideal for creative professionals, college & graduate level students interested in design & creative fields, and higher education faculty

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2015 Geodesign Forum

Fri 16

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Shop ‘till you drop! Support Philadelphia’s makers; source creative vendors and purchase design-forward products

Ideal for American-made product fans, design connoisseurs, and trend-watchers

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Closing Event: Design Crawl in Old City

Fri 16