DAG Dispatch

By Claire Adler, DAG Fellow

Start the week off with a wrap up of Philadelphia area news, public proposals, and happenings in the world of design, architecture, and planning. Follow us @designadvocacy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and subscribe to our email list to keep up with DAG Dispatch. Articles are shared to spark dialogue and keep our members informed, and do not represent DAG’s endorsement of an idea or project.

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee will meet virtually at 9:00AM on Tuesday, January 26th and the Committee on Financial Hardship will meet on Wednesday, January 27th at 3:00PM.


After years of working with a coalition of neighborhood organizations, city officials released the proposed redesign for the intersection at Broad, Germantown and Erie in North Philadelphia.


The stretch of 34th Street between Girard and Mantua Avenue has long been dangerous for pedestrians with over 105 car crashes just last year, and finally the City is investing in safety fixes for the Mantua neighborhood.


Neighbors in Yeadon and Landsdowne are fighting a Solid Waste Management Facility which would be located across from homes and churches, and is situated near the Nile Swim Club, the country’s first Black-owned pool.


Transportation advocates in Philadelphia are excited about Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Transportation Secretary, Polly Trottenberg, former New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner.


Despite a great need for more adaptive reuse design, few architecture programs prepare students for the art of adaptive reuse.


A national bike boom came about during the pandemic: will it last and what does the surge in biking mean for infrastructure needs?

Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon, former King of Spain, and Philadelphia resident, had an estate in Bordentown, NJ. The early 19th century gardener’s house is the only building still standing and thanks to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Bordentown, and the nonprofit D & R Greenway Land Trust, the building will be restored and the estate will be transformed into a public park.