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 Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) has ended their agreement with a developer who was to purchase and redevelop the historic Family Court building as a result of the pandemic. Learn the background on this saga from former DAG Chair Joanne Aitken who critiqued the building’s design and the design process in 2012.


German firm Behnisch Architekten designed the energy efficient building which will house the University of Pennsylvania’s $173 million energy research lab, which is planned for 3200 Walnut Street. 


One of Philadelphia’s greatest assets is its stock of rowhouses, which provides single-family living with yard space in an efficient, and affordable manner.


Inga Saffron examines how the Biden administration’s plan for housing subsidies could provide immediate relief for Philadelphians who are living in poverty.


With over a month left in 2020, there have been more fatal car crashes this year in Philadelphia than ever in recent history. Perhaps it’s time to start treating car crashes like a public health crisis.


The Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia has allowed for nearby low-income residents to feed themselves and access fresh, and healthy food, but the founders of the farm worry about their ability to hold onto the land.


You Next is a project created by a Philadelphian that tells the story of America’s Black barbershops through photography.

Philadelphia was listed as one of 88 cities worldwide leading on climate action by CDP, a non-profit dedicated to measuring and disclosing environmental impact.