Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Picks: Early American Architecture and a Pop-Up House Inspired by Street Art

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Not sure which DesignPhilly events to go to tonight? Here are two we chose just for you!

1. It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
Get a crash course in early American architecture by going to this talk by architect Peter C. Archer. The Magerman Residence outside of Philadelphia will be used to explain the process behind designing homes from that era as the its design is based on architecture of the time. 
WHAT:It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
WHEN: Wednesday October 15th: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
WHERE: Philadelphia Center for Architecture1218 Arch St, Philadelphia PA 19107
REGISTER: Free, no registration required

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: AIA Awards for Design Excellence Exhibit

Sister Cities Park by Digsau, AIA Philadelphia's 2010 and 2013 Honor Award winner. Photograph by Halkin Mason Photography via

Sister Cities Park by Digsau, AIA Philadelphia’s 2010 and 2013 Honor Award winner.
Photograph by Halkin Mason Photography via

For non-members, attending the AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence gala would require a $150 registration. Lucky for us, DesignPhiladelphia has included an exhibit of projects submitted to the 2014 Awards program on its roster…for free! The exhibit is at the Shops at Liberty place and open until October 17th.

The Awards for Design Excellence is an event by AIA Philadelphia, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, that acknowledges those who hold an especially high standard of design, building efficiency, and sustainability. This year, the ceremony falls on October 20th. Ticket info for that here.

Further details on the free exhibit below.

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A Bonus Event for Readers!

In addition to our DesignPhiladelphia pick of the day, Ticket has a full roster of other goings-on this week! One we think Property readers might like? MuraLAB!

Ticket notes the TED-inspired event, which happens tomorrow, involves “an intimate group of unique and creative people who understand, in their own way, the role art plays in improving the civic landscape of cities.” Admission is free, but registration is still required to save a seat!

WHEN: Tuesday October 14th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: American Street Showroom

Once an electric company substation, the 11,000-square-foot space at American and Susquehanna has since been transformed into the American Street Showroom, an exhibit area known for showcasing original artifacts and artwork by Philadelphia-based design companies.

Today, DesignPhiladelphia has included the Showroom on their itinerary as they’re having their first pop-up show featuring carpets and furniture by Baki Ildiz. Admission is free, so no registration required!  Details below.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Three DesignPhiladelphia Picks


Before we tell you our three weekend picks–all from the city’s biggest design event, of course–we must inform you of a bonus event!

On Saturday, October 11, festivities celebrating the new Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk will take place. The center is the result of a  decade-long project that involved the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and community input. Ticket has the details on the festivities, which will include tours and art installations.

And now, our DesignPhilly picks:

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Architype: Well Built

1616 Walnut - from Architype Well Built

1616 Walnut’s model units were designed with bold strokes by Floss Barber Inc.
Photograph by Daniel Cox.

I went to NBC 10’s website recently and was met with this headline: “450-Pound Man Hid Marijuana in Stomach Fat.” I didn’t read on — it lacked the element of surprise — but given the combo of obesity and creative problem-solving, I assumed the man was from Philly.

He’s actually from Volusia County, Florida, which made me realize I still have that retrograde notion of our city as a fat, unhealthy place. In the past few years, though, the city has experienced a health and fitness boom that’s radically changed its rep. And now one of Center City’s highest-profile commercial-to-rental conversions — 1616 Walnut — has an entire “wellness floor” with units geared to health-conscious Philadelphians.

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You Can Still Come to Property’s DesignPhilly Event


So DesignPhiladelphia starts today and we’re happy to report that our own event–Property Presents: Tales from the Design World–is sold out! Can’t wait to meet all you lovely readers!

But guess what? If you forgot to register, don’t fret–you can still come! Our story time powwow is still free, but will be standing room. Hope to see you there!

Details below:

WHAT: Property Presents: Tales from the Design World
WHEN: Thursday October 9th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: AIA Bookstore & Design Center, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Five Home Design Apps For Your Next Project

Maybe you’re furniture arrangement needs a little switch up or you’re about to embark on a top-to-bottom room remodeling. (Or maybe some splendiferous interiors have got you inspired?) Whatever the reason, here are five home design apps to help you get started:

Color Capture (Android or iPhone) – For when you find the perfect wall color, except it’s on a stranger’s purse and you don’t know what it’s called. Just snap a pic and get matching paint colors instantly.

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Gallery: The New Schuylkill Boardwalk

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Schuylkill Boardwalk. Photo by Laura Kicey

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, but photographer Laura Kicey went before the crush of excited runners, bikers, walkers, and general enjoyers to get some shots so you can see exactly where and how it wends. We’ll have more coverage of opening festivities later. For now, GAWK. Gallery below.

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DesignPhiladelphia Special VIP Offer!

design-philadelphia-logoThat’s right — if you register today for Property’s event at DesignPhiladelphia, you can get a front-row seat for FREE. Let me explain.

For the event, I decided to bring together a bunch of really funny, creative folks in and around the design world — people who develop properties, or write fiction about architects, or design urban farms, or photograph designs in progress, or do interior design on the Main Line for clients who think they’re too young and naive. Many people who have stories. Participants include Nathaniel Popkin, Khara Cartagena, Bradley Maule, Gretchen Kubiak, Nic Esposito, GroJLart, and more!

These people will be sharing their experiences during a storytelling hootenanny with an audience — that’s YOU! — at the AIA Bookstore and Design Center at 12th and Arch on October 9th. All the event info is below, and if you register now, or tomorrow, or, like, anytime before the event, YOU WILL GET IN FOR FREE.

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