The Power of Design: Eighth annual DesignPhiladelphia hosts sustainability events


The DesignPhiladelphia Festival is Oct. 10 to 14. For more information, visit designphiladelphia.orgThe eighth annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival is back in town this week, hosting events that showcase innovative design ideas around the city. Partnering with the University of Arts, DesignPhiladelphia aims to unite the entire design community in the city and provide a variety of events to innovate ideas through collaboration.

While there are plenty of great events happening, we wanted to highlight those related to sustainability. Events include a look inside affordable housing developments built with eco-features like green roofs and solar hot water; a scavenger hunt exploring the city’s green street designs; and an opportunity to contribute to the proposed plan for the three-mile linear Reading Viaduct park. More details are below, all events are free.

Sustainable Streets Scavenger Hunt

  • When: Sat, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Start: Columbus Square Recreation Center, 12thand Reed Sts.
  • End: Catina Los Caballitos, 1651 East Passyunk Ave.
  • For more information, visit

Community Garden Design

Philadelphia’s Green Affordable Housing Tour

Popup Playground with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Public Workshop

  • When: Sat, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: 1905 Walnut St.
  • For more information, visit

Big Ideas, Small Space: 2600 Groceries in 260 Square Feet

  • When: Sat, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Where: 1618 E. Passyunk Ave.
  • For more information, contact 215-465-1411 /

Design VIADUCTgreene/DesignPhiladelphia

  • When: Sat, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: 1200 Callowhill St.
  • For more information, visit

Green Wall Design

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