Events Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[The 2014 PHS Pop Up Garden]]> July 8, 2014 October 1, 2014

A tropical breeze will waft down the west side of South Street this summer. The fourth annual Pop Up Garden is now open at 1438 South Street. Stop by this season for tropical cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoy performances by local musicians. Savor tasty bites from the Jamaican Jerk Hut, next to the Pop Up Garden, plus a rotation of food trucks throughout the summer.

The garden is open to visitors seven days a week from July 8th through October 2014. Programs and special events are planned at the garden throughout the summer and early fall, including movie nights, Quizzo and boot camp-style workouts! Visit the PHS Pop Up Garden website for the full schedule.

Pop Up Garden Hours:

Garden Opens:  
Monday to Friday 11:00 am
Saturday & Sunday Noon
Food and Drink:  
Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - Midnight
Saturday 2:00 pm - Midnight
Sunday Noon - 10:00 pm
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:12:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Exhibit: Treasures of the Athenaeum: 200 Years of Collecting]]> September 12, 2014 November 15, 2014

2014 Celebration of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia's 200th Anniversary

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:02:39 -0400
<![CDATA[For the LOVE of It: Community…History…Design, the 42nd Annual NOMA Conference]]> October 1, 2014 October 5, 2014

With the theme, “For the LOVE of It: Community…History…Design,” the 42nd Annual National Oorganization of Minority Architects Conference will occur on October 1-5, 2014 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, and will highlight many reasons why architects have fallen head over heels for community, history and design. The conference includes a host of continuing education seminars, networking events, local tours and workshops to connect you to your passion for architecture, planning and design. Hallmark events include the Legacy Community Service project, NOMA Student Design Competition, Vendor Expo, Bros Arts Ball, Host Chapter Panel and Party, and Annual NOMA Professional Design Awards Banquet. for conference information and registration.

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:58:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Green Infrastructure and Environmental Health and Safety]]> October 1, 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, October 1st at 4pm EST at Drexel University.  Come join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.

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

Dr. Michelle Kondo and Dr. Austin Troy

Michelle Kondo, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, stationed in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kondo specializes in evaluating the impacts of urban sustainability and stabilization initiatives on environmental hazards, public health and safety. Her current projects focus on green stormwater infrastructure and vacant-lot greening programs

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) has been promoted as having public health benefits in addition to environmental benefits. However, limited evidence exists. We conducted a difference-in-difference analysis of the effects of green infrastructure installments on health and safety outcomes from 2000 to 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. Regression-adjusted models showed consistent and statistically significant reductions in narcotics-possession (18-27% less). Narcotics-manufacture was also significantly reduced. Health and safety considerations, such as reductions in certain crimes, should be included in future assessments of green infrastructure programs.

Austin Troy, Ph.D. is an Associate professor in the Department of Planning and Design, at University of Colorado Denver and Principal and Co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm in operation since 1998.  He holds a BA in Anthropology from Yale College, a Masters in Forestry from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a PhD in Environmental Policy and Economics from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Troy is author of The Very Hungry City (Yale University Press, 2012) and his research interest are land use policy, environmental planning, GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, land use change modeling and simulation.

The extent to which urban tree cover influences crime is in debate in the literature. Controlling for numerous potential confounders, this research found that a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a roughly 12% decrease in crime. When we broke down tree cover by public and private ownership, we found that the inverse relationship continued in both contexts, but the magnitude was 40% greater for public than for private lands. 

**Austin Troy will be presenting remotely via webinar.


Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Listening tour with councilman Mark Squilla]]> October 1, 2014 6:00PM 7:30PM

On Wednesday, October 1, First District Councilman Mark Squilla, in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Queen Village Neighbors, will host a Listening Tour community meeting at Gloria Dei Old Swedes’ Church, Christian and Water Streets, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  This Listening Tour session is part of the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth campaign, which is focused on job creation, economic growth, and the 2015 elections for Mayor of Philadelphia and City Council. Refreshments will be served.

The purpose of the Roadmap for Growth campaign, and this Listening Tour meeting, is to spark a broad public dialogue around the best ideas to promote job creation, growth, and a more thriving economy in Philadelphia.  The Roadmap for Growth campaign is scheduling Listening Tour sessions with neighborhood civic leaders in every City Council district in Philadelphia.

At the meeting on October 1st, the Chamber will unveil the findings from a Fact-Based Economic and Demographic Analysis that the Roadmap campaign has commissioned, looking at trends in population, jobs, income and business growth in Philadelphia over the past 10 years.  Councilman Squilla and the Chamber of Commerce encourage your attendance to allow your voice to be heard.

For more information about this Listening Tour meeting, please contact Brittney Miller at the Chamber of Commerce at or (215) 790-3732. You may also contact Anne Kelly King in Councilman Squilla’s Office at (215) 686-3458.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge]]> October 2, 2014 October 24, 2014

The 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual competition challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe.

The 2015 Challenge:
Petty Island, the site of multiple development proposals over the centuries (even Louis Sullivan drafted plans for an entertainment complex on the island in 1907), languishes today as a nearly-forgotten storage site for petroleum tanks and cargo containers. How might Petty Island - and the land adjacent to it on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware River - be developed as a visionary 21st Century complex that creatively addresses today’s and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs?

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting]]> October 2, 2014 8:00AM 10:00AM

Join us to hear about Eric Blumenfeld's plans to convert the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel into a residential community that will sit above restaurants and retail spaces. This promises to be a visual adventure as well as a look at a long-awaited development project. Take a look at for a taste of what you'll see.

2015 Philadelphia mayoral election

We will also begin the discussion of our advocacy leading up to the Mayoral primary in May. In 2006 DAG created the Reform Agenda for Policy and Design in Philadelphia, which was quite successful. Some of its recommendations that have come to pass include zoning reform, the comprehensive plan, a Civic Design Review committee, and some progress in greater transparency in city government.

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 10:59:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony]]> October 2, 2014 11:30AM 12:30PM

Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Event Type:  Community Event


Schuylkill Banks by Locust Street

east side of the Schuylkill River between Locust and Spruce Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19103

See map: Google Maps

Join the City of Philadelphia and SRDC as we dedicate and officially open the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk on Thursday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m. on Schuylkill Banks by Locust Street.

Speakers will include:

  • Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Deputy Mayor for Transportation & Utilities, Rina Cutler
  • SRDC Chairman, Gerard Sweeney
  • FHWA Engineer, George Fleagle
  • PennDOT Assistant District Executive, Chuck Davies
  • City Councilman, Kenyatta Johnson

Following the ceremony, participate in the inaugural promenade along the boardwalk. We hope to see you there!

Can't make it to the Ribbon Cutting? Be sure to join us for a Community Celebration on the Boardwalk on Sunday, October 5 from 1-3pm! More info here

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:11:13 -0400
<![CDATA[HOW TO REDESIGN AN AMERICAN METROPOLIS: Water, Transportation, and Land Use in the Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109]]> October 2, 2014 12:00PM 2:00PM

Join us for a luncheon with Professor Philip Bess, the Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture. The event will be moderated by Dr. Lothar Haselberger, the Morris Russell Williams and Josephine Chidsey Williams Professor of Roman Architecture and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania

Admission to this event is free. Lunch will be served. RSVP Required.  No tickets necessary.


Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago was one of the last efforts (perhaps the greatest) to employ classical principles of architectural, landscape and urban design in and for and at the scale of a rapidly expanding modern industrial metropolitan region. Though Burnham's classical humanist sensibilities are often downplayed by contemporary admirers more admiring of his environmental and civic sensibilities, modern metropolitan Chicago to its detriment has turned away from all three. The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109 picks up where Burnham's Plan left off, critiquing contemporary Chicago and proposing for it a 100-year vision comparable in scale and scope — and also showing how the long tradition of classical humanist urbanism speaks directly to contemporary concerns for better human stewardship of nature, and for making cities, towns, villages, and hamlets both economically and environmentally sustainable. 

Dr. Philip Bess is Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches graduate urban design and theory, with a particular interest in Catholic and classical humanist intellectual and artistic traditions in the context of modern American life and the contemporary culture of architecture and urban design. He is the author of several books, including: Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.

Have questions about HOW TO REDESIGN AN AMERICAN METROPOLIS: Water, Transportation, and Land Use in the Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109? Contact Collegium Institute


Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:12:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Night Market Chinatown]]> October 2, 2014 6:00PM 11:00PM

Night Market Philadelphia is the city’s premier street food festival, a roving food event spotlighting Philly’s best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks. Inspired by Asia’s lively outdoor markets, our events celebrate up-and-coming neighborhoods and showcase Philadelphia's diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:38:37 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDesign Lecture: Lorna Simpson, Silverstein Photography Lecture Series]]> October 2, 2014 6:30PM 8:00PM

Visiting artist Lorna Simpson discusses her work as part of the Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series. 


Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. When Lorna Simpson emerged from the graduate program at San Diego in 1985, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography. Feeling a strong need to reexamine and re-define photographic practice for contemporary relevance, Simpson was producing work that engaged the conceptual vocabulary of the time by creating exquisitely crafted documents that are as clean and spare as the closed, cyclic systems of meaning they produce. Her initial body of work alone helped to incite a significant shift in the view of the photographic art’s transience and malleability.

Lorna Simpson first became well-known in the mid-1980s for her large- scale photograph-andtext works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history and memory. With unidentified figures as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary America. In the mid-1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that depict the sites of public – yet unseen – sexual encounters. Another aspect of her practice includes figurative drawings of characters, and collages as well as a new video work titled “Chess,” 2013 which premiered at the Jeu De Paume in May 2103.

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Miami Art Museum; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She has participated in such important international exhibitions as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany. She has been the subject of numerous articles, catalogue essays, and a monograph published by Phaidon Press. Her first mid-career survey was exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miami Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina with accompanying monograph published by the American Federation of the Arts, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2013 her works on paper was the subject of an exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum with accompanying catalogue “Lorna Simpson Works on Paper,” Aspen Art Museum. A survey retrospective, accompanied by a monograph “Lorna Simpson” published by Prestel Press, New York, premiered in the spring at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, and traveled to the Haus der Kunst, Munich and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England. This fall in September, the exhibition will be on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Outdoorsy Weekend at the Oval]]> October 3, 2014 October 5, 2014

Join us October 3 – 5 for a celebration of the great outdoors at The Oval! Just in time for fall, The Oval returns with a weekend full of camping-inspired activities and events. In addition to these special programs, The Oval will bring back popular elements from the summer season, including delicious food truck fare, lots of games, and a beer garden presented by Yards Brewing Company.

The fun kicks off Friday night with live music, fire pits, and stories around the campfire. We are pleased to feature skilled presenters from First Person Arts, a Philadelphia nonprofit that celebrates the art of storytelling. Move from campfire to campfire to meet different storytellers and hear tales about outdoors adventures, camping calamities, and maybe even a spooky story to get you ready for Halloween! After the storytelling, join us as the fires die down for a showing of Moonrise Kingdom.

On Saturday,  bring out the family to play in kid-sized tents and teepees, and experience an amazing rope course! On site all three days, this urban playground will challenge kids as they climb, swing, and weave through the unique structure. In the evening, gather around a campfire for more storytelling, this time aimed at kids and provided by the Free Library, then enjoy a sing-a-long led by local musician Emily Bate. Cap the evening with a classic family flick, The Parent Trap (1961), starting around 7:00pm.

Come back out on Sunday for a tent pitching contest with local outfitter Fireside Camp Supply, face painting, a kid-friendly DJ, and a live screening of the Eagles vs. Rams, plus your last chance to conquer the rope course! Check out the full weekend schedule below!

Check out the full weekend schedule below!

Saturday, October 3

12:00pm – 7:00pm: Rope Challenge Course ($5 per child; height restrictions apply)

5:00pm – 10:00pm: Beer Garden with Yards Brewing Company

5:00pm – 10:00pm: Food Truck Series featuring Phoebe’s BBQ, Cow and the Curd, Farm Truck, and Milk + Sugar

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Live music with Greg Davis

7:00pm – 10:00pm: Fire pits

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Story Market with First Person Arts

9:00pmish: Moonrise Kingdom film screening

Saturday, October 4

12:00pm – 6:00pm: Rope Challenge Course ($5 per child; height restrictions apply)

12:00pm – 8:00pm: Beer Garden with Yards Brewing Company

12:00pm – 8:00pm: Food Truck Series featuring Phoebe’s BBQ, Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf n’ Turf, Luscious Bakery, and Delicias

12:00pm – 7:00pm: Tents and teepees for kids to play in

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Free face painting

4:00pm – 7:00pm: Fire pits

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Fireside storytelling with The Free Library

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Family sing-a-long

7:00pmish: The Parent Trap (1961) film screening

Sunday, October 5

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Rope Challenge Course ($5 per child; height restrictions apply)

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Beer Garden with Yards Brewing Company

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Food Truck Series featuring Vernalicious, Surf n’ Turf, Butter Truck, and Cupcake Carnivale

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Tent pitching contest with Fireside Camp Supply

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Free face painting

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Family friendly music with DJ Ralph

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Eagles game screening

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:34:55 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDdesign Film Screening: Have You Seen the Arana?]]> October 3, 2014 5:30PM 7:30PM

In a world that has grown more dynamic and uncertain, where diversity and differences make way for standardization and uniformity, the film explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on people's lives and livelihoods.

Set in Wayanad, part of the fragile ecosystem of the western ghats in South India, the film takes you on a journey through a region that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of 'development'.

On October 3, 2014, Director, Sunanda Bhat, will join us for a film screening and conversation with faculty, students, and filmmakers hosted by Anuradha Mathur, Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Landcape Architecture, DiverseDesign, South Asia Studies Department, South Asia Center, and camra

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:38:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Bankers’ Row: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia]]> October 4, 2014 10:00AM 12:00PM

Architectural Walking Tour: Bankers’ Row: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia

October 4, 2014 10:00 am

Meet at 2nd St at Welcome Park

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT taken for tours, unless otherwise indicated. Go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). Tour group size limited to the first 25 people to arrive.

$10 Adults; $8 Students; Free children 10 and under, accompanied by adult
$5 Preservation Alliance Members (Please show your member card)

Tours run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

For a complete tour schedule please visit:

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Spruce Hill Victoriana]]> October 4, 2014 2:00PM 4:00PM

Architectural Walking Tour: Spruce Hill Victoriana

October 4, 2014 2:00 pm

Meet in front of University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT taken for tours, unless otherwise indicated. Go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). Tour group size limited to the first 25 people to arrive.

$10 Adults; $8 Students; Free children 10 and under, accompanied by adult
$5 Preservation Alliance Members (Please show your member card)

Tours run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

For a complete tour schedule please visit:

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Bardascino Park Bocce Tournament Fountain Fundraiser]]> October 5, 2014

Play Bocce and help the Friends of Bardascino Park buy a new drinking fountain all at the same time!

Tournament: Sunday, October 5

Play starts early in the day; Playing schedule will be announced the day before.

  •  $100 cash prize/winner takes all.
  • Entry fee/donation  of  $25 per team ($30/ for 3 person team).
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 1.  The number of teams is limited.

Email Larry at to get a registration form.

All proceeds from the Bocce Battle (except prize money) will go for the new drinking fountain.

No rain date:  If the event is cancelled because of rain, unless a refund is requested, the entry fee will be considered as a donation for the new fountain.

Bardascino Park is located at 10th and Carpenter Streets.

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:49:28 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Ben Franklin’s Footsteps]]> October 5, 2014 2:00PM 4:00PM

Architectural Walking Tour: Ben Franklin’s Footsteps

October 5, 2014 2:00 pm

Meet at entrance to Franklin Court 312-22 Market Street

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT taken for tours, unless otherwise indicated. Go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). Tour group size limited to the first 25 people to arrive.

$10 Adults; $8 Students; Free children 10 and under, accompanied by adult
$5 Preservation Alliance Members (Please show your member card)

Tours run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

For a complete tour schedule please visit:

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at Ormiston Mansion in Farimount Park]]> October 5, 2014 4:00PM 7:00PM

Joint celebration of Britain and Bavaria

Wurst, WIne, Bavarian Beer, and General Gemuetlichkeit

Tickets $35

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:17:36 -0400
<![CDATA[The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond]]> October 6, 2014 6:00PM 7:30PM

"The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond"

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 06:00pm

Meyerson Hall, B3

The Future of All Things Transportation in Philadelphia and Beyond

A Conversation with Rina Cutler, Al Biehler, and Megan Ryerson

How can SEPTA serve more Philadelphians?  How will the USAir-American Airlines merger affect the future of the Philadelphia Airport?  When will bike-sharing come to Philadelphia?  Are autonomous vehicles the solution traffic jams?  Please join us on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in Meyerson B-3 for a conversation between Rina Cutler, Al Biehler, and PennPlanning Professor Megan Ryerson about the future of all of Philadelphia’s transportation systems and modes.  Rina Cutler has served as Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor Transportation and Utilities since 2008, and previously worked in Boston and San Francisco.  Al Biehler is currently Executive Director of the University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon, where he studies the future of transportation and information systems, and previously served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation for eight years under Governor Ed Rendell.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:50:45 -0400
<![CDATA[SNBL Monthly Civic Association Meeting]]> October 6, 2014 6:30PM 8:30PM

Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) Monthly Civic Association Meeting at 6:30pm at Community Women's Education Project (CWEP) Frankford & Somerset

Learn about resident issues with guest speakers each month. Voice your opinions about neighborhood issues related to greening, safety, and more. 24th Police District will answer questions and take suggestions from neighbors as well as report out about safety. We need your used shoes! Help raise $$$ for SNBL. Bring your old shoes (no holes) to the meeting. Text SOMERSET to 215-987-5414 for monthly text reminders! Call or email Angela Taurino for more info 215-427-0350 x125 or

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:31:10 -0400