DesignPhiladelphia Wins National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Held in partnership with UArts, the annual city-wide festival will use funds for the 'Something from Nothing' design/build competition

June 7, 2012

DesignPhiladelphia, the city-wide celebration of all things design presented in partnership with the University of the Arts since 2010, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund "Something from Nothing," a national design/build competition for emerging young designers.

The competition results will be a central focus of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia festival and model the ways in which designers can revitalize and re-imagine underutilized public spaces. The competition will be open to emerging designers no more than five years out of school. 

"Something from Nothing" will address the problem of abandoned urban spaces by creating an interactive environment in the urban equivalent of a blank space. The project aims to create designs with a minimal carbon footprint and that use sustainable materials and technologies. "Something from Nothing" will imagine urban eco-ventions that require little to no maintenance and take a holistic approach to urban and natural landscapes. The winning design should serve as a model for imaging the future of urban infrastructure nationwide.

"Not a Vacant Lot" at DesignPhiladelphia 2011: A vacant lot at 313 S. Broad Street was transformed by a five-day exhibition of performance, projections and landscape design.

Selected by a panel of expert jurors, the winning design will be installed on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts as the central hub of DesignPhiladelphia at the University of the Arts at the 9th annual festival being held in October 2013.

DesignPhiladelphia is one of the 788 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

From industrial design to fashion, historic preservation to futuristic public art, DesignPhiladelphia unites the creative disciplines with more than 150 public events around the city. This unique event – one of largest of its kind in the country – celebrates Philadelphia's unique design history and vibrant contemporary design scene and is a showcase for the city's creative community, among them many UArts alumni.

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