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Fashion, web sites, skyscrapers and products are just some of the things that some of Greater Philadelphia's most interesting and boundary-pushing artists, entrepreneurs and engineers are designing. In fact, the nation's largest celebration of design is held every October in Philadelphia--DesignPhiladelphia is a showcase for the industry's impact on the region's economic, social and cultural growth. Institutions like the University of the Arts are harnessing the power of Philadelphia's creative economy and giving birth to new ways of bringing the most innovative designs to life.

Design Features

Hawthorne's Fifth Annual IPA Block Party

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: A new chapter at Mt. Airy Art Garage, a block party in Fishtown & AIGA urges GOTV

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A textile lab at Drexel

Weaving together innovation at Drexel University

The earliest civilizations knew how to weave fiber into textiles. But those products bear little resemblance to the high-tech "functional fabrics" being engineered in Philadelphia -- these miraculous materials can see, hear, sense and communicate.

uCity Square from 37th Street

Say goodbye to the University City you know

Whether it's Drexel's Schuylkill Yards strategy, the Science Center's uCity Square expansion or visions for capping and developing the rail yards north of 30th Street Station, the neighborhood we see today is not long for this world.

Comic Jam at Fleisher Art Memorial

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Star Wars at Fleisher, dance at City Hall, Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn's Landing

Check out our picks for the week's top events.

First Friday on Frankford Avenue

Avoid the Obvious: A visitors guide to the REAL Philadelphia

Lonely Planet recently named our fair city the top U.S. destination for 2016. As a new wave of tourists and transplants discover all Philly has to offer, here are some tips to getting off the beaten path.
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Niki Pfeiffer of Niki Pfeiffer Designs

Niki Pfeiffer of Niki Pfeiffer Designs

City: Wayne

Her company's flagship product is the Wine Gabby, a stylish handbag that also can hold a bottle of wine or spirits and helps reduce waste.

Alan Metcalfe

Alan Metcalfe

City: Center City

His architecture and design firm has differentiated itself with an emphasis on play, which has taken it to lofty heights.

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