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DesignPhiladelphia Heatmap: A Hearty Festival Blend

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The citywide design celebration DesignPhiladelphia—five days of lectures, workshops, exhibits, fashion shows, parties, house tours and more—starts tomorrow. There are many things to choose from and we urge you to choose them all. Failing that, we urge you to sample a nice variety—from serious to silly to keep you entertained. Our DesignPhiladelphia Heatmap has a few suggestions to get you started.

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1. Art and Urban Change

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1219 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Are pop-up gardens mere urban ephemera or do they signal longterm change for the city? This talk with Civic Center co-founder Candy Chang investigates "tactical urbanism." Thurs., Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. Free.

2. A Sense of Place

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3340 N Broad St, Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Imagine every neighborhood association in Philadelphia holding simultaneous meetings in the same event space. Are you excited or terrified? If you're excited, you need tickets to this fourth citywide conference. Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20.

3. Qualities of Life in Philadelphia

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251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-4302
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The Philly Works creative collaborative focuses its considerable brainpower on the city's quality of life this year. This exhibit of diverse solutions opens with a publication release party on Oct. 11.

4. CultureWorks Coworking Happy Hour

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1315 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

For those who "go to the office" by walking downstairs and sitting at a six-year-old IKEA table in the corner of the living room, coworking has a lot of appeal. Find out how to share office space with like-minded locals at this event. Fri., Oct. 11, 5:30-8pm.

5. above | below | beyond

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2816 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Temple and Penn design students have joined forces to reimagine the abandoned, overgrown Reading Viaduct rail line. Opening party with discussion at Next American City's Storefront for Urban Innovation: Fri., Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m. Free.

6. Locals Only

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340 Brown St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 359-8118
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Wouldn't the world would be a better place if every bar had a sign like Dolphin Tavern's? Each piece in this all-neon exhibit was inspired by a local dive bar. Glorious. Wed., Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m.

7. Design VIADUCTgreene

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1200 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

The green-space advocacy group VIADUCTgreene will present plans for a 3-block stretch of the old rail line. Audience feedback—facilitated by drinks and snacks—is encouraged. Sat., Oct. 13, 3-5 p.m. Free.

8. Public Space/Public Connections

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1601 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

For those with capital-F feelings about Center City's public spaces, now's the time to tell the Planning Commission all about them at this interactive workshop designed to solicit opinions for the Philadelphia2035 Central District Plan. Thurs., Oct. 11, noon-2 p.m.

9. The Creation of Ravenwood

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1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 569-3188
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The classicist architect Richard Cameron makes a rare appearance to talk about Ravenwood, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan's estate. No twist ending that we know of. Fri., Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (RSVP to icaaphila@gmail.com.)

10. Tales the Cocktail Tells

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144 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This Old City vintage shop hosts a drink recipe contest and mixology demonstration. Start perfecting the Old Fashioneds now—Mad Men will be back before you know it. Sat., Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m. Free.

11. Passyunk Square Home Tour

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Tasker St & E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Who doesn't like peering into strangers' houses? Take a self-guided tour of eight to 10 homes in Passyunk Square. Organizers promise a variety of architectural embellishments and "creative decorating." After-party at South Philly Bar and Grill. Sat., Oct. 13, noon-4 p.m. $20.

12. Green Wall Design

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1526 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 952-0811
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How does one water a wall, exactly? Learn how to design, build and maintain a green wall inside or out at this in-shop exhibition. And go home with a terrarium, too, for good measure. Sat., Oct. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. (RSVP curt@urbanjunglephila.com.)

13. The Essence of DesignReasons

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343 E Wynnewood Rd
Merion Station, PA 19066

Until recently, this Bauhaus gem—designed by architect S. Kendrick Lichty—was an uninhabitable mess. Design Reasons renovated the property and now invites designers and architects to see the finished product. Plus, wine and cheese! Sun., Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m. Free. (RSVP dbdesignreasons@tpds.com.)

14. The Switched-On Garden 002

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Lindbergh Blvd & S 54th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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The Data Garden highlights the relationship between plants, music and technology at the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Digital and biological elements will be seen in live music, performance and sculpture. Fri., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

1. Art and Urban Change

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Are pop-up gardens mere urban ephemera or do they signal longterm change for the city? This talk with Civic Center co-founder Candy Chang investigates "tactical urbanism." Thurs., Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. Free.

1219 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

2. A Sense of Place

3340 N Broad St, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Imagine every neighborhood association in Philadelphia holding simultaneous meetings in the same event space. Are you excited or terrified? If you're excited, you need tickets to this fourth citywide conference. Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20.

3340 N Broad St, Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19140

3. Qualities of Life in Philadelphia

251 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philly Works creative collaborative focuses its considerable brainpower on the city's quality of life this year. This exhibit of diverse solutions opens with a publication release party on Oct. 11.

251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. CultureWorks Coworking Happy Hour

1315 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For those who "go to the office" by walking downstairs and sitting at a six-year-old IKEA table in the corner of the living room, coworking has a lot of appeal. Find out how to share office space with like-minded locals at this event. Fri., Oct. 11, 5:30-8pm.

1315 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. above | below | beyond

2816 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Temple and Penn design students have joined forces to reimagine the abandoned, overgrown Reading Viaduct rail line. Opening party with discussion at Next American City's Storefront for Urban Innovation: Fri., Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m. Free.

2816 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Locals Only

340 Brown St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Wouldn't the world would be a better place if every bar had a sign like Dolphin Tavern's? Each piece in this all-neon exhibit was inspired by a local dive bar. Glorious. Wed., Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m.

340 Brown St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. Design VIADUCTgreene

1200 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The green-space advocacy group VIADUCTgreene will present plans for a 3-block stretch of the old rail line. Audience feedback—facilitated by drinks and snacks—is encouraged. Sat., Oct. 13, 3-5 p.m. Free.

1200 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Public Space/Public Connections

1601 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For those with capital-F feelings about Center City's public spaces, now's the time to tell the Planning Commission all about them at this interactive workshop designed to solicit opinions for the Philadelphia2035 Central District Plan. Thurs., Oct. 11, noon-2 p.m.

1601 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. The Creation of Ravenwood

1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The classicist architect Richard Cameron makes a rare appearance to talk about Ravenwood, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan's estate. No twist ending that we know of. Fri., Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (RSVP to icaaphila@gmail.com.)

1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Tales the Cocktail Tells

144 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This Old City vintage shop hosts a drink recipe contest and mixology demonstration. Start perfecting the Old Fashioneds now—Mad Men will be back before you know it. Sat., Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m. Free.

144 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Passyunk Square Home Tour

Tasker St & E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Who doesn't like peering into strangers' houses? Take a self-guided tour of eight to 10 homes in Passyunk Square. Organizers promise a variety of architectural embellishments and "creative decorating." After-party at South Philly Bar and Grill. Sat., Oct. 13, noon-4 p.m. $20.

Tasker St & E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

12. Green Wall Design

1526 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

How does one water a wall, exactly? Learn how to design, build and maintain a green wall inside or out at this in-shop exhibition. And go home with a terrarium, too, for good measure. Sat., Oct. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. (RSVP curt@urbanjunglephila.com.)

1526 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. The Essence of DesignReasons

343 E Wynnewood Rd, Merion Station, PA 19066

Until recently, this Bauhaus gem—designed by architect S. Kendrick Lichty—was an uninhabitable mess. Design Reasons renovated the property and now invites designers and architects to see the finished product. Plus, wine and cheese! Sun., Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m. Free. (RSVP dbdesignreasons@tpds.com.)

343 E Wynnewood Rd
Merion Station, PA 19066

14. The Switched-On Garden 002

Lindbergh Blvd & S 54th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

The Data Garden highlights the relationship between plants, music and technology at the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Digital and biological elements will be seen in live music, performance and sculpture. Fri., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Lindbergh Blvd & S 54th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143