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 will be meeting this Friday, October 9th at 9:00am. As always, the meeting is open to the public.


Hidden City Philadelphia offers six perspectives on the battle over monuments in public space.


Last Thursday, Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to approve a bill that would strictly limit building height, increase parking minimums, and exempt Society Hill from historic preservation bonuses. Preservationist and DAG Historic Preservation Task Force member, Starr Herr-Cardillo says that this bill is bad and caters to the wealthy while misrepresenting the history of the neighborhood.


Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development Week 2020 kicks off today with virtual events designed to help minority-owned businesses grow.


Artist Hank Willis Thomas created a 25-foot Afro Pick sculpture titled All Power to All People at 52nd St. and Arch St. as part of three large-scale temporary installations coming to Philadelphia.


State Senate Democratic Nominee and design writer Nikil Saval ponders how architects, planners, and designers can be innovative and use large-scale initiatives to address a bleak future.


The City of Philadelphia has hired the landscape architecture firm Hinge Collective to develop an urban forestry plan that is intended to combat the geographic inequities in greenery and shade.


Next City, headquartered in Philadelphia, is offering its flash e-book Good Things Happen in Philadelphia on a pay-what-you-can basis. It includes 10 stories about what works in this city.


How can integrating regional rail into the rest of the SEPTA network help low-income riders and make public transportation in Philadelphia more equitable?


Congratulations to former DAG Student Steering Committee Member Avery Harmon on receiving the Witte-Sakamoto scholarship award from Penn’s Weitzman School of Design.

Exciting news from Community Design Collaborative: Tya Winn has been selected as the next Executive Director. Tya is currently the Director of Project Planning & Design at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple & Thomas Jefferson Universities.