While select mobile tours and workshops will visit neighborhoods outside the downtown core, the primary conference events and learning sessions will take place at following locations clustered in Center City Philadelphia:
Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel
220 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Charter High School for Architecture + Design
107 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The main site for Design in Action 2011 is the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel. The Reserved Room Block has expired, but hotel management is still providing conference registrants with a discounted rate of $162/night + tax. You can book your room by calling the Radisson toll free number at 1-800-967-9033, and be sure to mention the "Association of Architecture Organizations' Annual Conference" to receive the discounted group rate. Act soon, as availability is limited.
You can also book reservations online. To do so, visit http://www.radisson.com/philadelphia-hotel-pa-19103-6179/paphily. Plug in your arrival and departure dates (October 9-12, for instance), and once the standard Hotel rates appear on the screen, then type "AAO" in the box labeled "Promotional Code" found at the right of the screen. The page will refresh and the discounted group rate will be listed. Follow the Hotel's remaining instructions to confirm the reservation.
Rapid transit to downtown Philadelphia (Center City) is available from Philadelphia International Airport (approximate travel time 1 hour). The SEPTA train system’s Suburban Station is less than 0.5 mile from the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel at Rittenhouse Square. Taxi service demands a one-way flat rate of $28.50 (approximate travel time 20 minutes). Shuttle service for Center City hotels (including the Radisson) can be found near the Airport’s baggage claim area. Average fare is $10.00/person. Comprehensive information for ground transportation options to/from Philadelphia International Airport can be found here.
The Philadelphia International Airport services all major airline carriers. For additional options and fares, it can be helpful to also inquire about connections to nearby Newark International Airport. The Airtran system at Newark connects directly to the Amtrak train line which stops at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia - approximately 1 hour travel time to Philadelphia.
Architecture Exhibitions in Philadelphia
If you have some free time on your trip, check out this list of Philadelphia exhibitions that are happening during DIA 2011.