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August 10: Louis Kahn’s yearbook | Waste on the radio | Guerrilla Cartography

Zero waste and litter on the air, wastewater agreement in Delaware and water cartographic flair in today’s news.

The trash talk continues, this time on the airwaves. On WHYY’s Radio Times Wednesday, Zero Waste and Litter Director Nic Esposito and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful’s executive director Michelle Feldman talk about cleaning the city in the past decade, an unintentional self-fulfilling prophecy and Philadelphia’s action plan to get to zero waste by 2035.

Imagine having your high school yearbook in a museum exhibit as an artifact of your esteemed life and work. Well if you’re Louis Kahn, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany has done just that, curating a show that offers an international take on the architect’s career. Philadelphians can piece together Kahn’s life, personal experiences and the marquee projects that catapulted him from a “talented, if not particularly groundbreaking, modernist, to one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.” Inga Saffron highlights the interesting, and sometimes horrifying, pieces on display as the international show makes its final stop at the Fabric Workshop.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are helping neighbors upgrade Sharswood’s century-old recreation center, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports. Neighborhood volunteers and Habitat workers tackled the rec center’s key issues—handicap accessibility and poor drainage—by adding a garden and seating for older residents. In partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Habitat has rehabbed 40 homes in Sharswood and plan to build 21 more in the spring.

In water news, Sussex County Council has approved an expanded agreement with the City of Rehoboth Beach that allows the city to construct a $52.5 million ocean outfall disposal system that will release treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean, WHYY’s Zoë Read reports.

In more water news, a Pennsylvania judge has approved an agreement between Sunoco Pipeline and three environmental groups during construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, StateImpact PA’s Jon Hurdle reports. The agreement requires the company to give nearby landowners 10 days’ notice of its plans to drill, test landowners’ water and re-evaluate the geology of the sites to prevent more spills of drilling fluid.

And in water views, nonprofit group Guerrilla Cartography’s latest project, Water: An Atlas, explores the importance of water through more than 80 maps ranging from ancient mythology to modern warfare. According to National Geographic’s All Over the Map, Guerrilla Cartography crowdsourced maps from artists, activists, academics, and other mapmakers to create a ‘bottom-up’ atlas.

About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at dlu@whyy.org.



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