University of the Arts and DesignPhiladelphia Partner to Stage One of America's Largest Design Festivals

Sixth annual event runs October 7 – 17 and will feature work by more than 500 designers

July 13, 2010

The University of the Arts and DesignPhiladelphia, one of the nation's largest design celebrations, have entered into a partnership to stage the sixth annual festival being held October 7 – 17, 2010.

"The University of the Arts is an incubator for the next generation of designers and innovators," said DesignPhiladelphia founder and executive director Hilary Jay, who launched the event in 2005. "University of the Arts students will have the power to contribute to society by making places distinctive and fascinating, enlightening and thrilling, productive and mobilized. And that is what DesignPhiladelphia is about at its core – celebrating the creative forces at work in this region and commending Greater Philadelphia as an incomparable place to live, work, play and grow. What a perfect fit."

Expanded by nearly a week over its five predecessors, this year's festival will feature work by more than 500 designers in more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, open studios, lectures, street happenings, book signings and product launches.

Among the events planned are a lecture by a brand therapist as part of the "Dialogues on Design" series; a book signing by Ellen Lupton, curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; "Design Driven," a 50-year history of car design and an antique car show in Old City; a fashion show on Sansom Street; and open studio events at Philadelphia-based Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Architects and Planners and Andropogen landscape architects. DuPont's "Carte Blanche" traveling exhibition, for which it partnered with European design magazine Intramurus and commissioned the creation of work from its Corian solid surface material by 30 international designers, will be on display at the Market Place Design Center.

DesignPhiladelphia aims to serve as a catalyst for advancing the public's awareness of design exploration and innovation in or about Philadelphia. As a cultural initiative, DesignPhiladelphia aims to further the region’s creative economy and retain jobs, placing Philadelphia in the spotlight as an unrivalled city of innovation and vibrancy. Open studios make possible networking between students and professionals. Street happenings and public installations expand general awareness of the power design has in every day life.

"The University of the Arts is proud to partner with DesignPhiladelphia in 2010," said University President Sean T. Buffington. "The University's been involved in DesignPhiladelplhia since its founding, during which time it has established itself as a critical focal point of the Philadelphia design community and also as a national model of local-regional design advocacy. Our faculty and students are excited to work with DesignPhiladelplhia this year and in the future to extend and expand its efforts to foster effective design culture in Philadelphia."

Nearly every imaginable design discipline will be represented, including automotive, product and interior design, architecture, graphic design, fashion, multi-media and urban planning. Event locations will stretch from Center City's Rittenhouse Square to River Ward neighborhoods Northern Liberties and Fishtown, and from East (Old City) to West (University City).

"DesignPhiladelphia and the University of the Arts have a natural connection," added Beth Van Why, DesignPhiladelphia Programming Director and University of the Arts Adjunct Associate Industrial Design Professor. "Since its inception, DesignPhiladelphia has had students, faculty and alumni from the University involved in all aspects of its creation and staging. DesignPhiladelphia brings designers to campus and the city, augmenting curriculum and exposing students to a broader range of topics and discussions. This partnership allows both entities to highlight the strengths and successes of the other.

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