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. Original artwork by Alex Bruce, @sketch_phl on Instagram. Articles are shared to spark dialogue and keep our members informed, and do not represent DAG’s endorsement of an idea or project.

DAG Dispatch

Maybe you can’t travel to Chicago right now, but you can experience their waterfront virtually through an upcoming Chicago River Architecture Virtual Tour on September 1st at 7pm 


The Delaware River is no longer the dirty, polluted hazard it once was, thanks to environmental activists, groups, and municipal organizations. While there is more work to be done, the progress has been tremendous. 


Jason Sherman, a self-taught historic preservationist and local film director has been working with a developer to preserve the Worrell-Winter House, a 300 year-old historic house in Northeast Philadelphia.


Sigma Sound Studios, the birthplace of Philadelphia soul, and the Brutalist icon International House were on the agenda for last Wednesday at the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, but were continued until the September or October meeting. Read more from DAG Historic Preservation task force member, Starr Herr-Cardillo and check back for more on this issue from DAG in the future.


Yes or no on developing very small lots? How about with affordable housing? Recently, the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted down a rezoning proposal in South Kensington to allow for multi-family housing with 20% mandatory affordable units on vacant lots owned by the Land Bank, but ultimately the call is up to City Council.


BlackSpace is a collective of 200 Black designers, architects, artists, and urban planners seeking to reverse the racism and discriminatory practices that have been so long embedded in those fields. 


Well-known Madison architectural designer Michael Ford, the “Hip-Hop Architect” stepped down from his firm in order to commit more time and energy to diversifying leadership in architecture.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) condemns the General Services Administration for its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Classical-Style Federal Courthouse. The RFQ seems to be in line with the draft executive order that DAG joined AIA in condemning in February 2020, “Marking Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.”


DAG encourages everyone to fill out the census ASAP and share it with friends, family, and neighbors. The potential loss in funding to Philadelphia from a low census count could dramatically impair Philadelphia’s ability to meet the needs of its residents.


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