Events Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:04:43 -0500 en <![CDATA[Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee Meeting]]> November 24, 2014 6:30PM 9:30PM



Mon, November 24, 6:30pm – 9:30pm




Chairman, Larry Freedman. All are welcome. Agenda varies.  

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:21:21 -0500
<![CDATA[Friends of Hawthorne Park Meeting]]> November 24, 2014 6:30PM 8:00PM

Monthly meetings to discuss and plan for Hawthorne Park's use, events, maintenance, clean-up, and more.  Come and be a part of the park's growth!

These are generally in the Park during warm weather; at Hawthorne Cultural Center, 12th & Catharine, when it is cold or rainy.

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:26:34 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDesign Lecture: Neil Denari - Mass X Everything]]> November 24, 2014 6:30PM 8:00PM

Neil Denari: "Mass X Everything"

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 06:30pm

Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery

Neil Denari was born in Fort Worth, Texas and studied at the University of Houston (B Arch 1980) and Harvard University (M Arch 1982). After graduate school, Denari worked as a technical intern in Paris (La Courneuve) for Aerospatiale Helicoptres (now Airbus). In 1983, Denari moved to New York where his work explored the technical and formal impact of technology on architecture. While there, he worked as a senior designer at James Stewart Polshek and Partners, exhibited his speculative work at numerous museums and galleries, and in1986, at 29, was the youngest member of 40 Architects under age 40. Also in 1986, the Cooper Hewitt Museum purchased a drawing by Neil Denari, the first of seven major museums to have his work in their collection. The others include the Museum of Modern Art New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Heinz-Carnegie Collection in Pittsburgh, the FRAC Center in Orleans, France, and the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, Australia.


Neil Denari shifted his practice to Los Angeles in 1988 and began Cor-Tex Architecture, which later became Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), Inc. in 1998. In the late 1980’s Denari’s work began to achieve international recognition, most notably through his 3rd place finish in the Tokyo International Forum Competition. This launched his now 22 year association with Japan, a country where he has taught and lectured on a regular basis. While teaching at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in 1990, Denari lived for 8 months in Tokyo. His experiences there, like those of Paris, have been a constant reference on phenomena as diverse as urban morphology and fashion design. His first project built in Japan (1996), the Interrupted Projections exhibition space, has now been followed by a series of bank projects for the Mitsubishi Trust Financial Group and other experience economy projects. With NMDA, Denari has focused on a diverse range of design endeavors that look at manifold issues pertaining to architectural speculation.


Since 1986, Denari has had a distinguished career as a teacher. He is a tenured Professor in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA. He has also taught at Columbia University, the Bartlett, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and the Harvard GSD.


Neil Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton 1999). In 2002, he was given both the Richard Recchia Award and the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal for architecture from the National Academy of Design in New York for distinguished work in the field. In 2008, Denari received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2009, he received a Fellowship from the United States Artists organization. 


In 2011, he received the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal. It is the organization's highest honor for an individual architect. He is a registered architect in New York and California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and has given more than 230 lectures around the world on his work.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:57:11 -0500
<![CDATA[Civic Design Review]]> November 25, 2014 1:00PM 2:00PM

Tentative CDR Agenda
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:00PM
Room 18-029, One Parkway Building,
1515 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
 1. Approval of 2015 Civic Design Review Meeting Dates
2. 145 West Wildey Street
 Above-ground, structured 300 space parking garage (4 stories, 4 levels). 
 113,672 sf. Zoned CMX-3. 35 bicycle parking spaces. Architect: Tim Haahs 
 Associates, Architects. Attorney: Ron Patterson. Esq. Presented by Jack 
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:58:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition Zoning Meeting]]> November 25, 2014 7:30PM 9:00PM

HEC Zoning Meetings are penciled in for the Fourth Tuesday of each month.  When there are zoning concerns, they will be posted.  When there are no zoning concerns, these meetings will be cancelled and the cancellation will be posted.  If you have zoning concerns, email

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:28:59 -0500
<![CDATA[The Rittenhouse Square Holiday Lighting Ceremony]]> December 1, 2014 5:00PM 11:30PM

The Rittenhose Square holiday lighting ceremony, emceed by Kate Bilo of CBS3. Attendees will enjoy a special performance from Mary Poppins by the Walnut Street Theatre, giveaways at the Rittenhouse Row tent, antler ears from The Friends of Rittenhouse Square, keepsake photos provided by the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel and more.

Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the CBS3 and CW17 Joy of Sharing campaign to benefit the Salvation Army. There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus at 5:30PM to light the tree.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:51:21 -0500
<![CDATA[Vacant Land 201: Legal Land Access for Community Gardens and Open Space]]> December 2, 2014 5:00PM 7:30PM

The Garden Justice Legal Initiative of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Healthy Foods Green Spaces coalition are teaming up to get into the nitty gritty of legal land access and preservation for gardens, farms, and other community-managed open spaces. 

We can talk about

  • vacant land ownership
  • types of agreements to give you access to land (license, leases, working with land trusts)
  • the land bank, sidelots, sheriff's sales, conservatorships, adverse possession, nonprofit real estate tax exemptions, and zoning compliance and other mechanisms for preservation
  • community organizing and building alliances 
  • using the media to get the word out and build support

We want to make this useful for you, so bring property addresses and all your questions!


Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:01:15 -0500
<![CDATA[Friends of the Wissahickon Public Meeting]]> December 2, 2014 6:00PM 8:00PM

Friends of the Wissahickon to Hold Annual Public Meeting on December 2

Philadelphia, PA—(November 2014) Friends of the Wissahickon will host a public meeting on December 2 to discuss progress on its Sustainable Trails Initiative and other upcoming projects in 2015.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Cathedral Village, 600 East Cathedral Road.

The Sustainable Trails Initiative is a multi-year project that will make the 50 miles of recreation trails in the Wissahickon a physically and socially sustainable system for all park users. This project is being implemented in partnership with Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation.

Those interested in attending should register online at

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:38:25 -0500
<![CDATA[Art Commission monthly meeting]]> December 3, 2014 9:30AM 11:30AM

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:50:38 -0500
<![CDATA[CCRUN Seminar - Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Nexus Between Sustainability and Public Health?]]> December 3, 2014 4:00PM 5:30PM

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 4pm at Drexel University.  A webinar option will also be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Nexus between Sustainability & Public Health?

Dr. Charles N. Haas, Drexel University

Historically, the development of cities was facilitated by draining stormwater into sewers and conveyance to receiving waterbodies. It has now been recognized that such “gray” infrastructure solutions result in an alteration of natural hydrology (which would have greater infiltration) and can produce adverse physical, chemical and biological effects in receiving waters. More recently, classes of “sustainable” or “green” stormwater infrastructure have been developed with the key design aim of managing stormwater flow by trying to achieve greater similarity to natural (pre-development) hydrology. These systems include: green roofs; vegetated swales; porous pavement or parking; tree pits; and roof captured rainwater beneficially used (gardens, toilets, etc.)

Green infrastructure systems by their nature result in greater contact between people and managed stormwater than gray infrastructure systems (except in the receiving water itself). Hence if there are contaminants in the stormwater that have the potential to pose a human health risk, gray infrastructure systems may result in such excess risks. In this presentation, the evidence for contamination (chemical and microbial) of such flows will be presented. The particular potential for certain pathogenic microorganisms to survive and multiply will be discussed, and research needs to characterize the public health consequences and potential mitigations will be presented.

Speaker Bio

Charles N. Haas is the L.D. Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University.  He also has courtesy appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Drexel University College of Medicine and in the School of Public Health.  For over 35 years, Professor Haas has specialized in the assessment of risk from and control of human exposure to pathogenic microorganisms, and in particular the treatment of water and wastewater to minimize microbial risk to human health.  He received his BS (Biology) and MS (Environmental Engineering) from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:58:29 -0500
<![CDATA[City Sessions 3: Gentrification, Integration and Equity]]> December 3, 2014 5:30PM 8:00PM

You’re invited to join us for a series of discussions about the ideas, issues and communities that will shape Philadelphia’s future. This three-part event series is brought to you by Next City in partnership with the media organizations, 900AM-WURD and AL DÍA News, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.

Gentrification, Integration and Equity
December 3, 2014
Program: 5:30pm
Reception: 7pm
Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central) Auditorium and Reception in the Skyline Room
How can we make Philadelphia a more economically integrated, accessible and livable city for all? Explore how Philadelphia and other cities are addressing this important question through transit, housing and other infrastructure projects.

RSVP Required

Philadelphia is changing — with new parks, new housing and bikeshare on its way. But some Philadelphians fear a new wave of gentrification and other neighborhoods are being left behind. How can we encourage development but ensure the city remains affordable? How can we create a city with the public spaces and amenities that attract top talent, but that are accessible for everyone? In an era of limited public works, where should we be investing? This panel discussion will explore how development, economic integration and transportation all intersect in our neighborhoods.
Check back for more information on speakers.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[TALK - The Magic of Animated Neon]]> December 3, 2014 6:00PM 7:30PM

This talk combines insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces.

Presented by neon expert, Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer, 1999). Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has operated a neon design business in Philadelphia. Len's interest in neon was planted by growing up in Philadelphia in the 50s, while gazing in childhood wonder at such iconic signs as the Levis Hot Dog, Sun Ray Drugs' animated mortar and pestle, and the Boot and Saddle. His interest bloomed in the mid 70s when he started a bar/restaurant with a neon ceiling while teaching sociology at University of Florida in Gainesville.

FREE - Registration Requested.  For more information and registration, click here.

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:19:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting]]> December 4, 2014 8:00AM 10:00AM

The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than 1,300 members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and share an interest in design, development, and planning. DAG’s mission is to encourage public discussion about design and to advocate for design excellence.

First Thursday of every month 8 to 10 a.m.

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:04:53 -0500
<![CDATA[PCPC South District Plan meeting (1st)]]> December 4, 2014 6:00PM 7:30PM

South District Plan meeting (1st)

When: Thu, December 4, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: South Philadelphia High School, Broad and Snyder (map)
Description: 1st public meeting for the South District Plan.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:02:20 -0500
<![CDATA[MUSA Lunch Series: Geospatial Analytics in Urban Redevelopment and the Philadelphia Land Bank]]> December 5, 2014 12:00PM 1:00PM

Please join us for our December MUSA lunch session with Guy Thigpen (MUSA ’10), Director of Analytic Services at the Philadelphia Land Bank.  Guy will discuss his work with the City’s newly created land bank, and the role that spatial modeling and GIS analyses serve in the pricing, management, and redevelopment of real estate in the city. Guy previously spent 5 years working as Assistant Director for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, where he headed the research and development of the analytic methods and models used in the City’s recent vacant land reforms, including the development of a mass appraisal model, an enterprise land management system, and the parcel reconciliation project.  This session will cover various urban issues related to real estate, economic development, and community development concerns with a focus on GIS methods and applications.  The session is free and open to the public; lunch will be served.  


Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:08:23 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Architecture: PRESENT and FUTURE Symposium]]> December 6, 2014 9:00AM 4:00PM

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the presentation of its annual Roger W. Moss Symposium on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Registration begins at 9:00 am; the Symposium begins at 9:30 am. Pre-registration is required – no registrations will be taken at the door.

General reservations for non-Athenaeum members is $60; for Athenaeum members $50; students are free with current student ID. AIA members will receive continuing education credits (5.25 AIA/CES (HSW) LUs) for attending the day-long event. To learn more about the Moss Symposium or to register please visit or call (215) 925-2688. The event, which concludes at approximately 4:00 pm, includes coffee/tea and light snacks.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:53:44 -0500
<![CDATA[Fairmount Park Holly Trolley]]> December 6, 2014 10:00AM 3:00PM


Presented by the Fairmount Park Conservancy

Date: Saturday, December 6, 10 am – 3 pm; Snow Date: Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 3 pm

Tickets: $5 per person per house, Trolley FREE!

Trolleys depart from Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, and stop at Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Lemon Hill, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy invites you to celebrate the holidays and visit the Park’s magnificent historic mansions, decked for the season, aboard a FREE Holly Trolley!  Hop on and off the FREE Holly Trolley and visit one, two, or all six houses to enjoy the charming decorations and special programming.  



*Last trolley departs Lloyd Hall at 3pm.



Hop on our FREE and festive Holly Trolley for a fun-filled day at the houses. Each site will be dressed in it’s holiday finest and will feature special events including carolers, puppeteers, ice-carving, musical performances, seasonal refreshments, and more! Trolleys run between sites every 10-15 minutes from 10am to 4pm allowing visitors to take in all the events at their own pace and enjoy Fairmount Park at its most festive!

Visit for specific event information.


• LAUREL HILL MANSION: Special musical performances in the parlor and spinning demonstrations in the kitchen

• LEMON HILL: Refreshments, live music, and ice-carving

• MOUNT PLEASANT: ”Night Before Christmas” puppet performances

• HISTORIC STRAWBERRY MANSION: Greens Sale, carolers, and Santa Claus

• WOODFORD: Carolers, blacksmith demonstrations, and historical re-enactors George Clymber and Rebecca Franks

• CEDAR GROVE: Cooking demonstrations and refreshments


Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:51:00 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDesign Lecture: Martin Rein-Cano - Personal Public Space]]> December 8, 2014 6:00PM 8:00PM

Martin Rein-Cano "Personal Public Space"

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, 06:00pm

Meyerson Hall

Founder of Topotek 1, Berlin

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:35:33 -0500
<![CDATA[Planning Commission monthly meeting]]> December 9, 2014 1:00PM 4:00PM

PCPC Public Commission Meeting

When: Tue, December 9, 1pm – 4pm
Where: One Parkway, 1515 Arch St, Rm 18-029 (map)
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:04:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Bella Vista Neighbors Association Zoning Committee Meeting]]> December 9, 2014 7:30PM 9:30PM

Bella Vista Neighbors Association Zoning Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7:30PM - 9:30PM

Palumbo Rec Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:39:09 -0500