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Wednesday, September 14

Business Innovation Factory Summit

Business Innovation Factory Summit

  • Business Innovation Factory
  • 8:30 am — 4:30 pm
  • 201 Washington St, Providence

One of the nation’s most renowned storytelling gatherings, the BIF Summit provides innovators with the space to be curious and crazy, get inspired, and collide with unusual collaborators. Benevolent...

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KITE Architects and Cuba: A Personal Exploration of Architecture in Cuba

  • KITE Architects
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 176 Benefit St. Providence

Cuba’s architecture is among the most diverse in the world. Reflective of both the country’s political and social history, its buildings capture the essence of Cuban life from...

Thursday, September 15

Providence City Center: What You Don’t Know About Universal Design

Providence City Center: What You Don’t Know About Universal Design

  • IIDA
  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • 10 Davol Square

Join an in depth conversation with Kathy Gips, an expert in the field of accessibility, to examine topics such as frequently overlooked requirements, ADA vs. IBC, and litigation implications. Kathy...

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Drinks with Designers

  • Newport Art Museum
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 76 Bellevue Avenue

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design celebration as part of DESIGN WEEK RI. “Drinks with Designers” is an evening speaker series...

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Tellart Open Studio

  • Tellart
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 1 Sims Ave, 2nd Floor, Providence

In collaboration with the Business Innovation Factory Summit and DESIGNxRI, Tellart invites you to join us for conversation, drinks and hors d’oeuvres at our very first Open Studio event. ...

AIGA RI presents Beer X Design

AIGA RI presents Beer X Design

  • AIGA Rhode Island
  • 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 425 W Fountain Street, Providence, RI

We’re excited to be a part of DESIGN WEEK RI again! This year, we’re pairing up with with Long Live Beerworks to host a discussion about the relationship...

Friday, September 16

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PARK(ing) Day Providence

  • Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects & American Institute of Architects Rhode Island Chapter
  • 9:00 am — 4:00 pm

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, international event that brings together artists, designers, non‐profit organizations, and citizens to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks known as parklets....

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2016 DESIGNWEEK RI Kick-Off Party

  • DESIGNxRI with the Providence Design Catalyst Designers
  • 7:00 pm — 10:00 pm
  • 65 Weybossett St. Providence

Join us for a takeover of design at the Arcade Providence! Meet the makers, interact with design, witness innovation, bid on and win one-of-a-kind items at this kick off party...

Saturday, September 17

Ocean State Oyster Festival

Ocean State Oyster Festival

  • 11:00 am — 9:00 pm
  • South Water Street

​The Ocean State Oyster Festival aims to raise awareness of and celebrate Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry by providing a platform that helps expand RI’s aquaculture economy. It supports...

Sunday, September 18

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Hope & Main ~ School Yard Market Tour & Branding Discussion

  • Hope & Main
  • 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
  • 691 Main St Warren

The quest to establish Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first food business incubator, began in 2009. Hope & Main transformed a 100 year-old elementary school on Main Street in Warren with...

Monday, September 19

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Open Coffee

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 122 Fountain Street Providence, RI

​Start the day during DESIGN WEEK with coffee and design. Join us and a special guest each day to connect, socialize, spiritualize, and intellectualize. Look for the DESIGN WEEK RI...

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Gardens and More with Landscape Designer Louis Raymond (Tour)

  • Renaissance Gardening
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 495 Main St

Join landscape designer Louis Raymond for a unique opportunity to tour his personal garden in Hopkinton, RI. This Eat & Speak gives attendees a chance to see his own complex...

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New Tools Open Design to Everyone: A Conversation with LAMOU

  • Lamou, LLC
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 199 Anthony St.

LAMOU LLC, LAMOU co-founders, Lena Georas and Ann Clark, will lead a discussion about individual participation in the design process and the changing relationship between the “designer” and the “consumer...

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From Cooking to Design: Turning Frustration into Product with Chef Matt at Chez Pascal

  • Chez Pascal
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 960 Hope St.

You will hear how a healthy dose of determination can help propel you through your comfort zone. Join Chef Matt Gennuso of Chez Pascal and The Wurst Kitchen as he...

Designers as Instigators of Change | Circumventing Gridlock and Creating Contact

Designers as Instigators of Change | Circumventing Gridlock and Creating Contact

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
  • 276 Westminster St. Providence

In the rapidly connected product world, potential is abundant and users want access now. Though policies, bureaucracy, and lack of progress are creating gridlock and feeding frustration. Today, designers can...

A Special DESIGN WEEK Meetup Featuring the Film: “What Comes Next is the Future”

A Special DESIGN WEEK Meetup Featuring the Film: “What Comes Next is the Future”

  • Providence UX Meetup
  • 8:00 pm — 11:00 pm
  • 204 South Main Street

A special Design Week meetup featuring the film “What comes next is the future” A documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story...

Tuesday, September 20

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Strategic Design in RI Manufacturing | Panel and Tour

  • Polaris MEP, OCTO PD & Solution Nexus
  • 8:00 am — 10:00 am
  • 999 Main Street, Pawtucket

Join Polaris MEP, OCTO Product Development and Solution Nexus for a breakfast conversation and studio tour to explore the work happening in RI to advance manufacturing through strategic design and...

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Open Coffee

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 122 Fountain Street

​Start the day during DESIGN WEEK with coffee and design. Open Coffee is available each day during DESIGN WEEK to connect, socialize, spiritualize, and intellectualize. Look for the DESIGN WEEK...

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Purpose Driven Design with CC:S

  • Carrie Chatterson Studio LLC
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 215 Shady Lea Road Suite 200

CC:S will discuss designing for the greater good and how the studio works with leading nonprofit organizations to help them create awareness, reach donors, and impact social change through...

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The Driverless City Project

  • Ron Henderson Landscape Architecture
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 23 America's Cup Avenue Newport, RI

Landscape architect Ron Henderson and architect Mitchell Joachim lead a conversation aimed to prompt a larger Rhode Island discussion of The Driverless City, a project based at the Illinois Institute...

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Downtown Design Tour with Providence Foundation

  • Providence Foundation
  • 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
  • 122 Fountain Street

See what’s happening behind the scenes during this special tour of Downtown Providence. Led by Joelle Kanter, The Providence Foundation’s program manager, this walk will focus on the...

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Keynote Speaker: James Wynn, Vice President, Business Development, SYPartners

  • RISD
  • 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 20 N. Main St, Providence, RI

James is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Oxeon Partners, a firm that invests in, starts, and provides growth services to innovative healthcare firms in the US. Prior to that...

Wednesday, September 21

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Women In Design

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 82 Smith Street #208

Marking the only event in Rhode Island to join in The United State of Women campaign, spearheaded by the White House, Women in Design brings the voices of women designers...

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Open Coffee

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 122 Fountain St.

​Start the day during DESIGN WEEK RI with coffee and design. Join DESIGNxRI and special guest Ted Peffer, President and Founder of io labs and explore new, innovative materials and...

Guarding the Culture in a Fast-Growing Company

Guarding the Culture in a Fast-Growing Company

  • (add)ventures
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 117 Chapman Street

(add)ventures has grown in 27 years from a one-person shop to a 50-strong multidisciplinary brand communications firm. Along the way, they documented their company culture in order to preserve their...

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Behind the Scenes of the Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled Wallpaper Project

  • Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 186 Carpenter St., Providence, RI

A presentation by four wallpaper makers participating in the Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled wallpaper show. Flocked, Blocked, & Stenciled features hand-made wallpapers designed and printed by Rhode Island makers. The...

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Starting a Sewn Brand

  • Cleverhood
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 425 W Fountain Street, Providence, RI

Join representatives from three local apparel businesses for a conversation about the highs and lows of starting your own sewn business. Providence-based Cleverhood is the creator of a unique waterproof...

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Re-Envisioning Kennedy Plaza

  • Union Studio Architecture and Community Design
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 111 Westminster St, Providence

Providence’s civic plaza and transit hub is being re‐imagined as a vibrant urban gathering place. With initial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a team of...

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Mix, Mingle and Stir (Your Paint)

  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
  • 4:30 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 1005 Main Street - Hope Artiste Village

ASID presents an evening of learning, networking, socializing and inspiration. Surrounded by the sculptural glass work of artist and designer Nicole Chesney, this multi-faceted interior design event will offer a...

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Marathon Clambake

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 276 Westminster Street, Providence

Part of the DESIGN WEEK RI Speaker Series is Marathon Clambake, featuring presentations from four RI designers: Don Powers, Founding Principal, Union Studio Architecture, Miles Endo, Industrial Designer, Studio Endo,...

Thursday, September 22

Open Coffee

Open Coffee

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 122 Fountain St.

​Start the day during DESIGN WEEK with coffee and design. Join us and a special guest each day to connect, socialize, spiritualize, and intellectualize. Look for us in the parking...

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Tour the Botanical Gardens with Landscape Architects, Searle Design Group

  • Searle Design Group
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Join Searle Design Group for an Eat & Speak luncheon at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center! Owned by the City of Providence, it is the largest public indoor display...

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An Inside Look at Archives Ephemera & Design

  • Archives Ephemera & Design
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 145 Carolina Avenue, Providence, RI

Archives is a design studio supplying architects and interior designers with uniquely themed art-packages, custom framing, and décor solutions. We’re “designers’ best-kept secret” and we’re excited to...

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Andrea Valentini: Tour the Production Facility

  • Andrea Valentini
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 725 Branch Avenue #133, Providence, RI

Andrea Valentini is a versatile designer and creator of innovative products which include handbags, jewelry, furniture, and home goods. Her work focuses on reinventing unconventional industrial materials for use in...

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RI Design Hall of Fame Party

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 6:00 pm — 11:00 pm
  • 100 Dorrance St.

Join us for the Annual Celebration for Design in RI, now in its third year! DESIGNxRI inaugurates designers into the RI Design Hall of Fame at this culminating party during...

Friday, September 23

Better World By Design Conference

Better World By Design Conference

  • Better World by Design

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a...

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Open Coffee

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 122 Fountain St.

Start your day during DESIGN WEEK with coffee and design. Join us and a special guest each day to connect, socialize, spiritualize, and intellectualize. Look for us in the parking...

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Designing with Composites, A Tour of the Industry in Rhode Island

  • DESIGNxRI
  • 10:00 am — 1:00 pm
  • various stops in Warren and Bristol

Composites are considered to be the wave of the future across design disciplines - from product design to architecture to furniture and beyond. This DESIGN WEEK composites experience gives an...

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Prototyping Design to Jumpstart Development

  • Oomph Inc.
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 72 Clifford St.

A modern design to development workflow for the web involves multiple tools for site maps, wire framing, testing and design before we even start to touch HTML and CSS in...

A Discussion about Design in Government with Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea

A Discussion about Design in Government with Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea

  • Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 82 Smith Street

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is working to engage and empower all Rhode Islanders by making government more accessible and transparent, encouraging civic pride, enhancing commerce and ensuring that...

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Opening Festival of South Light ~ Southside Cultural Center

  • South Light
  • 4:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 393 Broad Street Providence

Take part in the SouthLight Opening Festival of a new performance venue in an urban lawn. Hear from member’s of RI’s Congressional Party, meet partners of the Southside...

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Elmwood Studios Opening Party

  • Elmwood Studios
  • 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 160 Narragansett Ave, Unit 2

Nest Homeware, Oblique Studio, Studio Endo, and Work-Shop Design Studio have opened a new shared shop space - Elmwood Studios. Come tour the new space, see what we’re working...

Wallpaper as Politics: A Discussion of Zuber’s 1834 “Vues d’Ameriques du Nord”

Wallpaper as Politics: A Discussion of Zuber’s 1834 “Vues d’Ameriques du Nord”

  • Providence Atheneum Salon Series
  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • 251 Benefit St., Providence, RI

This event takes place as part of the Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled Wallpaper Project, featuring hand-made wallpapers designed and printed by Rhode Island artists. Rob Emlen, University Curator for Brown...

Saturday, September 24

Better World By Design Conference

Better World By Design Conference

  • Better World by Design

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a...

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Downcity Design Block

  • InDowncity & DESIGNxRI
  • 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 260 Westminster Street

​InDowncity and DESIGNxRI team up to bring you Downcity Design Block, outfitting Grant’s Block with an outdoor lounge provided by local furniture designers GreyCork. Amidst the frivolity, music, and...

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WaterFire Providence

  • WaterFire
  • 7:00 pm — 11:00 pm
  • Downtown Providence, along the Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers

This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of...

Sunday, September 25

Better World By Design Conference

Better World By Design Conference

  • Better World by Design

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a...