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.

Architecture critic Inga Saffron discusses what the loss of the brutalist International House in West Philadelphia would mean for the city.


The Philadelphia Transit Riders’ Union calls out SEPTA for dangerous overcrowding on buses during the pandemic.


Major architecture firms leave the climate-oriented coalition “Architects Declare” over a debate about airports.


The 2021 Calendar for the Art Commission meetings and the Sign Committee meetings has been released. The Art Commission will be meeting on the second Wednesday of the month and the Sign Committee on the fourth Wednesday of the month


As restaurants tackle the challenge of balancing safety and keeping their doors open during the pandemic, many have created structures that bring the indoors outside.


City Council passed a bill to examine Philadelphia’s parking facilities with the goal of reducing the parking tax. An op-ed argues that the parking tax is progressive and funds important services, and that its removal is a loss for air quality, climate, and Vision Zero.


Drexel University received a $9 million gift, which will be used to create a Center on Racism and Health.


The Robert N. C. Nix Sr. Federal Building and United States Post Office, built in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, but has yet to receive historic designation in Philadelphia despite its commendable Moderne architecture.


Nearly 200 tenants have avoided lockout thanks to the Philadelphia Eviction Diversion Program, and City Council will vote on whether to extend the program this week.