DAG Dispatch

By Lachelle Weathers, 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.

It must be tower time because Philadelphia is shifting the skyline with two new highrises in center city under development this season. These two additions to our city will be tackling issues of historic preservation,  and creating more residential space. Pretty soon we will be soaring to new heights!


Amazon made a knockout move by doubling the amount of warehouses surrounding the Philadelphia region during the pandemic. Their rival, Walmart, might not be able to put up much of a fight. Who will win in the end? Either way...more jobs in our city!


The Navy Yard in South Philly gets a face lift with James Corner chosen as the lead architect to update the master plan and imagine a fresh take on the outdoor space.


SEPTA responds to the voices of the community regarding safety, job security, and cleanliness. After a long and difficult year, officials have proposed a $1.52 billion budget for forward-looking strategies. 


The Painted Bride has been in an ongoing battle regarding the protection of the exterior mosaic done by local artist, Isaiah Zagar. On April 21st the Philadelphia Zoning Board heard testimonies on granting building code variances that would allow the construction of an apartment building on top of the existing Painted Bride Art Center. No decisions have been made, but DAG offers its support.


Despite the losses in 2020, Paul Steinke provides some insight on the buildings in Philadelphia that were saved over the past year in a provocative op-ed article featured on the Hidden City.