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.

A former school in Port Richmond has been turned into a hub for artists and entrepreneurs with a focus on providing a space for young, Black creators. DAG Chair Eli Storch and DAG Waterfronts Task Force Co-Chair Nando Micale helped to turn this project into a reality as part of the LRK team.


The Department of Licenses & Inspections has determined that three historic, 19th century buildings near Rittenhouse Square will have to be demolished due to fire damage.


Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron profiles the project to build a larger bus station at the Wissahickon Transportation Center and the challenges of making improvements at the site.


Activists from OccupyPHA and the PHA have come to an agreement to create a land trust and rehab several houses so that people without housing can move in.


Future State Senator Nikil Saval gave a public talk to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, “A Rage in Harlem” and discussed the moment when June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller attempted to reimagine Harlem in the wake of the 1964 riots, considered against a larger context of experiments in social housing, environmental planning, urban rebellion, and Afro-futurism. 


Councilmember Isaiah Thomas has introduced a bill that would ban certain police motor vehicle stops in order to curb racial profiling in traffic stops.


A new mural, Prophesled is a portrait of James “Yaya” Hough, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s first-in-the-nation Artist-in-Residence, who was released from prison after the Supreme Court ruled that sentencing children to life in prison without parole was unconstitutional. You can view Prophesled on the exterior wall at the African American Museum of History in Philadelphia.


The election this week could have big consequences for transportation funding. WHYY profiles 5 Philadelphia commuters’ transportation infrastructure wish list.

Aramark’s global headquarters at 24th and Market Street has received LEED Silver certification for its sustainable workspace design and construction.