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

The Philadelphia Art Commission will be meeting this Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:30am on Zoom. 


The Sixers are eyeing a stadium at Penns Landing and The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is expected to make its selection among proposals for this area within the next month. The Inquirer Editorial Board thinks that “a sports arena at Penn’s Landing would represent a step back.”


In light of the Sixers’ proposal, here’s a brief look at other examples of waterfront parcel uses, and thinking about the impact of public financing of stadiums.


Ever wondered, why does every city feel the same now? Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities, discusses placelessness and how to make place by rediscovering history of architecture, and the built environment.


The toll of the pandemic is felt outside of cities and is hurting suburban Philadelphia offices.


Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is helping art and urban design nonprofits around the country, in Memphis and Akron build capacity and create sustainable and collaborative models for public art.


Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson calls for more green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) to mitigate climate change, protect low-income communities and communities of color, and invest in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.


Billy Penn profiles SEPTA Bus Route 24, its interesting, winding route, the diversity of riders, and how that’s all changed during the pandemic.

With the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington this past Friday, The Philadelphia Tribune shares the history of the song “We Shall Overcome” and its relationship to Philadelphia. The late Reverend Charles Albert Tindley, a Philadelphia pastor and pioneer of Black Gospel music, wrote a hymn inspiring the lyrics of the song. His church was renamed Tindley Temple after his death, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.


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