Events Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:20:00 -0400 en <![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[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[Mural Dedication: Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream]]> October 23, 2014 2:00PM 3:00PM

Last spring, PhillyRising Collaborative and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in North Philadelphia approached the Mural Arts Program about renovating the older murals at the Center. Following their meeting, Mural Arts gathered a team to create Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream, a continuation and expansion of the work Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Guild Program was already doing at the facility.

The facility is a cornerstone of this community, encompassing an entire city block, and boasting a full-size gym, classrooms for after-school and full-day programs, a large playground and sports fields. New murals and mosaics will help draw attention to the services this city resource provides.

Lead artists Willis Humphrey aka Nomo and Jonny Buss, along with Guild participants, met with the local community on several occasions to gauge the type of mural they wanted in their neighborhood. After numerous collaborative discussions, Humphrey created a design for both the front of the building and the side facing the playground, inspired by the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s pivotal role in the fight for equality.

Abstract mountains and stairs symbolize activists’ arduous journey to attain their full rights. At the front of the facility, the team installed a brand new, intricate mosaic by Buss that enlivens the space and serves as a symbol of welcome.

FUNDED BY: City of Philadelphia, Hummingbird Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Bryan Weingarten, Lenfest Foundation, I.B.E.W. Local 98, City of Philadelphia Prison System

PARTNERS: City of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia Youth Violence Reduction Partnership, PhillyRising Collaborative, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDesign Projective Ecologies Lecture & Panel]]> October 23, 2014 6:00PM 7:30PM

Nina Marie Lister is Associate Director and Associate Professor at the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University.

Chris Reed is a Principal at Stoss Landscape Urbanism and Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:02:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Parks Future Forum]]> October 23, 2014 6:15PM 8:00PM

Thursday, October 23
6:15-7:45 PM
Stewart Auditorium at Moore College of Art & Design
Philadelphia, PA

In preparation for the upcoming mayoral election, what lessons can Philadelphians and future city leaders learn from other city park systems to sustain and improve our parks?
Join a discussion with urban parks leaders from around the country, moderated by Philadelphia Daily News’ Sandra Shea, to learn how other cities are positioning their parks for the future.

Presented by:
City Parks Alliance


Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:45:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Northern Liberties Neighbors Association General Meeting]]> October 23, 2014 7:00PM 9:00PM

A general meeting of the Northern Liberties neighbors. All are welcome. Agenda varies.  

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:14:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Movie Night: Growing Cities - A film about Urban Farming in America]]> October 24, 2014 7:00PM 8:30PM

Movie Night • Growing Cities • Free

Growing Cities is a film about urban farming in America. At a time when so much negative attention is paid to the food system—from mad cows to factory farms—this film tells the inspiring stories of city-dwellers who are transforming their communities one vacant lot, backyard beehive, and rooftop farm at a time. Along the way these growers show that the urban farming movement is about a whole lot more than simply food and that everyone can take part in creating a healthier, more just, and sustainable food system.

We’ll have some snacks for sale. ADMISSION is free, donations accepted towards the licensing fee.

The film runs 60 minutes, and we will host a discussion afterwords.

Bring your own lawn chair ya’ll!

More about the movie here.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:31:07 -0400
<![CDATA[10th Annual Gravediggers' Ball for Laurel Hill Cemetery]]> October 24, 2014 7:00PM October 25, 2014 12:00AM

The Gravediggers' Ball is the annual fundraiser of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve, interpret and promote the site for which it exists. 2014 marks the 10TH ANNIVERSARY of the Ball!

Since its establishment in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been maintained as a free and fully accessible educational and recreational resource for both nearby communities and faraway visitors. It has served equally as a place of enjoyment for the living and one of peaceful rest for the dead for over 175 years. 

All proceeds from the Gravediggers' Ball directly support the ongoing public accessibility, preservation and interpretation of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:42:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge]]> October 25, 2014 10:00AM 12:00PM

October 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am

Meet in front of St. George’s United Methodist Church, N. 4th & New Sts. $15 ADMISSION includes return trip from Camden on PATCO.

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.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Fall Fest and Scarecrow Contest]]> October 25, 2014 10:00AM 5:00PM

At 10 am reserve and decorate a scarecrow, and then return in the afternoon for the judging, activities, and prizes. Kids can run around and enjoy nature on the river, the pier and the trail. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Friends of Washington Avenue Green.

To reserve your spot, send email More details at fallfest.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:30:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Hidden City Walking Tour: Forgotten Parkside]]> October 25, 2014 11:00AM 12:30PM

Join Steven Ujifusa, historian and author of A Man and his Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and his Quest to Build the S.S. United States, for this walking tour of historic East Parkside, one of Philadelphia's grandest Victorian neighborhoods. We'll explore the history and legacy of the Centennial Exposition of 1876, as well immigrant brewer Frederick Poth's development of the ornate homes along Parkside Avenue, which were part Downton Abbey in miniature, part the Toll Brothers McMansions of that period.

The tour will include a rare look inside one of the grand homes fronting Parkside Avenue. The building awaits restoration yet retains some of its original interior detail. The owner has graciously allowed us access to tour this diamond in the rough.

Steven will also detail the stories of two families who called Parkside home during the 20th century: the Slifkins -- who immigrated to America from Latvia -- and the Tuckers -- who arrived in Philadelphia as part of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the Deep South.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:20:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Fall Festival]]> October 25, 2014 12:00PM 5:00PM

Come enjoy a festive afternoon filled with circus performers, hay rides, pumpkin painting, live music, shopping at the Fall Bazaar and a few surprises. Surely a fun day for the whole family!

more info

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:30:23 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Historic North Central Delaware Waterfront]]> October 25, 2014 2:00PM 4:00PM

October 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Meet at 2nd & Market Sts. along benches next to Christ Church.

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.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:12:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Architectural Walking Tour: Jewish Immigrant]]> October 26, 2014 2:30PM 3:30PM

October 26, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

Meet in front of Society Hill Synagogue, 418 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.

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDesign Event: Frank Barkow: "Recent Work"]]> October 27, 2014 6:30PM 8:30PM

Barkow Leibinger is an American/ German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York and was founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.

Barkow Leibinger’s work is realized over a wide range of scales and building types including building for workplace (industry, office, and master-planning), cultural, housing, event spaces, exhibitions and installations in the public realm internationally. Important milestones are amongst others the Biosphere in Potsdam, Germany, the Customer and

Administration Building , the Gate House and the Campus Restaurant in Ditzingen, Germany and the Trutec Building in Seoul. Recently completed buildings include the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin and an apartment and hotel complex in passive house standard in Freiburg, Germany.

Their discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows the work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This know-how expands to include new materials and their applications in driving the practice forward as a continuously evolving activity. This focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research and the practice itself - each are autonomous work-areas, which simultaneously inform each other beneficially. This is an approach that distinguishes each project as distinct in relationship to client/architect dialogue, location, aesthetics, and purpose.

Their work has been shown at the Architecture Biennale Venice 2008 and 2014, at the Marrakech Biennale 2012 and is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt. Barkow Leibinger have won three National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and the prestigious Marcus Prize for Architecture, Milwaukee, recognizing emerging talent in the field for design excellence and innovation, as well a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:07:17 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Historical Commission Architectural Committee Meeting]]> October 28, 2014 9:00AM 1:00PM

All meetings of the Architectural Committee, a technical advisory committee to the Historical Commission, are open to the public. These meetings are held monthly in the Commission's offices in Room 576, City Hall.

Meeting agendas are available on the Historical Commission website.

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:14:51 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDesign Lunchtime Speaker Series - Preservation in Contemporary Asia 4]]> October 28, 2014 12:00PM 1:30PM

Meyerson Hall, Room B13

Advanced Theory/Case Studies Lunchtime Speaker Series
Talk on Preservation in Contemporary Asia 4
Kecia Fong
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, PennDesign; Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Kecia L. Fong is a conservation professional of the built environment. She has worked internationally as a conservation practitioner and educator for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, US National Park Service, and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) among others. Her work in the field has addressed multiple scales and contexts from the revitalization of the historic Islamic core of Cairo; conservation of earthen plasters at ancient Puebloan sites in the American southwest; emergency conservation and stabilization of the ancient city of Zeugma, Turkey; to the conservation and adaptive use of 20th century architecture in North American cities. While at the GCI she was responsible for developing international education and training programmes for conservation of the built environment.  Her projects were primarily situated in North Africa, South East Asia, and Italy and were directed towards mid-career heritage conservation professionals.  She is currently consultant to the World Monuments Fund and Yangon Heritage Trust on issues pertaining to urban conservation, sustainable development, and the modernization of Yangon.  Her doctoral research is sited in Yangon and investigates how built heritage and its conservation are assembled, influencing, and reflecting narratives of identity, the globalization of professional conservation practice, and visions of urban modernity in the twenty-first century. She is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate Editor for Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:29:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Facing the Future: DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force Dinner and Meeting]]> October 28, 2014 5:30PM 9:00PM

DVRPC's Public Participation Task Force (PPTF) invites you to share and learn about issues impacting the Greater Philadelphia region.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.  |  Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Location: DVRPC Conference Center
190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl.  |  Philadelphia, PA 19106

Our Focus: The World Class Index

Education and Talent Development, Business Growth, Infrastructure...
How does Greater Philadelphia compare to other metropolitan areas?
What are our priorities for the region?
What strategies do we need to get there?

The World Class Index demonstrates how Greater Philadelphia is faring in these categories. Facilitated by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, our session will focus on the Index, which is the latest development of World Class Greater Philadelphia, a business- and civic-led initiative to develop and advance a shared agenda for regional growth and opportunity.

Join us for an evening of discovery, discussion, and networking.

No later than Friday, October 24th to Jane Meconi
at; 215-238-2871. Seating is limited.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:37:16 -0400
<![CDATA[2014 Temple University Architecture Alumni Lecture in honor of Brigitte Knowles]]> October 28, 2014 6:00PM 9:00PM

Named The Wall Street Journal’s “Architecture Innovator” of 2013, David Adjaye OBE of Adjaye Associates is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, Berlin, New York, Accra and Shanghai and is working on projects throughout the world, including a new collection of furniture for Knoll.  
Currently Adjaye Associates is the lead designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group team for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) located on the Mall in Washington, DC.  Other notable projects include: The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), and the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (2010).

Visit for more information about David Adjaye.

Lecture in Lew Klein Hall
Registration required; Click here to register

David Adjaye's lecture is provided through the generous support of Tyler Architecture alumni in honor of Professor Brigitte Knowles.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Newbold Neighbors Association General Meeting]]> October 28, 2014 6:30PM 7:30PM

What: Newbold Neighbors Association General Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30 - 7:30PM

Where: Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments, South 16th Street

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:23:00 -0400