Events Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:05:33 -0500 en <![CDATA[Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> November 26, 2015 8:30AM 12:00PM

Date & Time 
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The parade broadcast begins at 8:30 a.m and ends at approximately 12 noon.
The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition. The city streets make way for massive floats and giant balloons, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more. And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season.
Now in its 96th year, the annual Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast. So bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:41:15 -0500
<![CDATA[Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Opening]]> November 27, 2015

On Friday, November 27, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will commence for the season. Last year the Delaware River Waterfront was transformed into a winter beer garden and lodge to accompany the ice skating rink. This year, it has even more to offer visitors.

Opening day is particularly unique since it features a Star Wars theme. Garrison Carida, which is a chapter of a Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by fans, will be at the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities throughout the day include body painting, an ornament workshop, and a robotics workshop. 

There will also be various local performers. A balloon artist able to make character creations, a professional juggler, Philadelphia's circus school, and more will make appearances. The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 will also feature special events -- although no Star Wars characters. The most notable change from Friday is an added liquid nitrogen ice cream workshop. Saturday's events will run from 11 a.m. to midnight while Sunday is from noon to 6 p.m.

As for new installments that will last all season, there will now be warming cottages that visitors can rest in between ice skating sessions and a new Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin serving waffle ice cream sandwiches, gourmet s'mores kits and all sorts of drinking chocolates. 

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:08:51 -0500
<![CDATA[Morris Arboretum Holiday Celebration Opening]]> November 27, 2015

Morris Arboretum begins its holiday celebration Friday, Nov. 27, with the opening of the Garden Railway for the season. Miniature trains loop through an equally miniature village made entirely of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones. During regular hours, the Garden Railway is free with admission.

Along the looping, quarter mile of track, visitors can spot Philadelphia landmarks. Fun fact: Independence Hall features pinecone seeds for shingles and twigs as downspouts.

Morris Arboretum

Starting Friday, Nov. 27

Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free for members, adults $16
Morris Arboretum

100 E. Northwestern Ave.
(215) 247-5777

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:18:10 -0500
<![CDATA[One Liberty Observation Deck Grand Opening]]> November 28, 2015

Philadelphia, spectacular sky-high views of the City of Brotherly Love will soon be an elevator ride away.

The wait is nearly over — One Liberty Observation Deck opens Saturday, November 28 marking the public debut of Philadelphia’s first highly accessible observation deck.

Operated by Montparnasse 56 (or M56) — a Paris-based company that manages observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — the observatory on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia will supply the chance to score panoramic views of the cityscape, interact with innovative technology and check out Philly-centric art installations.

Read on for a primer on One Liberty Observation Deck and make plans to go see “Philly From The Top.”


  • One Liberty Observation Deck opens Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
  • The deck offers panoramic views of Philadelphia from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place
  • The Deck will be open 365 days a year, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $14 for youth, $19 for adults
  • The express elevator to the 57th floor is a 75 second ride

  • When the One Liberty Observation Deck opens this month, visitors will be able to score amazing photos of the Philadelphia skyline. (Photo by Steve Belkowitz for One Liberty Observation Deck)

    The Observation Deck Experience

    Currently the tallest standing attraction within Philadelphia, One Liberty makes an ideal locale for this key new urban attraction.
    There are currently only a few spots around town that offer any comparable bird’s-eye view of Philadelphia, including the City Hall Tower Observation Deck, R2L and Nineteen. One Liberty Observation Deck, though, is the first attraction that’s both super accessible and devoted solely to viewing “Philly From The Top.”
    The attraction consists of three levels — the ground floor entry, a second-floor ticketing lobby and the 57th-floor observatory. At 883 feet above street level, the observatory offers 360-degree views of Center City and well beyond, with opportunities to view the cityscape in every direction.
    In addition to panoramic views, each floor includes interactive experiences and installations including a towering Benjamin Franklin sculpture, Philadelphia-focused listening stations and six multi-lingual touch screens that allow visitors to zoom in on a single point hundreds of feet below.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:25:23 -0500
<![CDATA[Social Impact 2015 Exhibition]]> November 30, 2015 December 2, 2015

Social Impact 2015 Exhibition

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 — Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Dean’s Alley, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street

Reception: Monday, November 30 (time to be announced)

Throughout 2015, five teams of students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design made a visible impact on communities across Philadelphia and beyond through the School’s first-ever Social Impact Projects. The five projects were awarded funding in December 2014 by the Office of the Dean at PennDesign in partnership with PennPraxis, the outreach, practice and professional arm of the School. The Social Impact Projects are intended to foster more cross-disciplinary collaboration at the School, encourage students to engage the community outside PennDesign, and apply their design skills for public good. Curated by PennPraxis Managing Director Julie Donofrio (MCP/MSHP ’07) and designed by PennDesign alumnus Kasey Short (MFA ‘15), this exhibition documents the work of these teams, both as a template for future project opportunities and as a call to action for all Philadelphians to apply their time and skills to give back to the community.

Restoring Buildings, Rebuilding Communities engaged residents of the Mill Creek and Belmont neighborhoods in West Philadelphia to demonstrate how simple repair techniques, showcased at Lombard Central Presbyterian Church, could be applied by residents to restore the beauty and function of neighborhood, historic row houses.

WASTE NOT/Redux aims to develop functional installations to serve community organizations using discarded construction materials.  The project seeks to aid diverse South Philadelphia communities that are experiencing rapid growth and transformation

Proactive Practice examines cutting-edge social impact design firms to understand (1) how their business models allow them to shape their own opportunities to contribute to their communities, and (2) how their structure allows them to be financially sustainable while delivering on a social mission.

Designing Healthier Eating Experiences is led by students from the Integrated Product Design (IPD) Program with the purpose of encouraging children to eat a healthier and more balanced diet, not only through specially-designed dining plates, but also actively engaging elementary and high-school students in the process of designing and promoting new products to promote healthy choices.

Improving the Viaduct: A Frankford Gateway Prototype included a one-day interactive event to improve and highlight the Lehigh-Frankford underpass in Kensington, coordinating with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL), and the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) to coincide with their annual Community Day.

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:55:21 -0500
<![CDATA[City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities Public Hearing]]> November 30, 2015 10:00AM 11:00AM

Recessed Hearing Notice

City of Philadelphia

The Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities of the Council of the City of Philadelphia held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, and recessed the public hearing until Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear further testimony on the following:

An Ordinance amending Chapter 13-800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Damages From Breakage," by providing for certain duties and responsibilities of the Water Department in the event of water main breaks and providing for certain rights and protections to property-owners affected by such water main breaks, all under certain terms and conditions.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item.

Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall.

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:20:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Praxis Dialogues]]> December 1, 2015 6:30PM 8:00PM


Praxis Dialogues

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 06:30pm — 08:00pm

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Fisher Fine Arts Building Room 414, 220 South 34th Street

PennPraxis and PlanPhilly introduce Praxis Dialogues, a series of public conversations among design professionals, practitioners, leaders, and students on ideas and issues of broad interest to the design professions. The first of this series focuses on the notion of the public good and how it informs and affects the design and use of the public realm. Philadelphia is at a pivotal point in terms of governance and politics. How should a forthcoming administration approach design and urbanism as it relates to public good? How to sustain the remarkable public-space improvements of the last 10 years?  These are among the questions to be posed to panelists Brian Abernathy, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; David Gould, Program Officer for R&D/New Initiatives at the William Penn Foundation; Beth Miller, Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative; and Scott Page, principal and founder of Interface Studio. Short introductory statements will be followed by discussion lasting about an hour. Audience members will have ample Q&A at the end. The event will conclude with a reception and opportunity for mingling. 


Produced by PennPraxis; co-presented with PlanPhilly

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDesign Presentation: Dirk Sijmons]]> December 2, 2015 6:00PM 7:30PM

Dirk Sijmons

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 06:00pm

Meyerson Hall, B3

A presentation of recent work by Dirk Sijmons, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft, the Netherlands

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:57:29 -0500
<![CDATA[What's next for PlanPhilly? A conversation and happy hour]]> December 2, 2015 6:00PM 8:00PM

Founded in 2006, built-environment news site PlanPhilly has entered an entirely new era in the last year. From its home at the University of Pennsylvania to WHYY, the niche journalism news site has remained one of Philadelphia's most respected independent reporting organizations, while undergoing prominent changes.

In recent years, PlanPhilly has unveiled a complete site overhaul, changed publishers, faced high-profile staff turnover and evolved its editorial mix. All the while, it has contributed consistently important reporting on otherwise underserved coverage areas. But it's at another moment of change. PlanPhilly's funders at the Wyncote Foundation have supported the transition to WHYY. What's next?

Come meet with the PlanPhilly staff, who will share some of their plans for 2016 and want your own feedback on what's coming. Cash bar, with some happy hour specials.

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:58:00 -0500
<![CDATA[South Philly Green Drinks]]> December 2, 2015 6:00PM 8:00PM

South Philadelphia Green Drinks (SPGD) is a chapter of Delaware Valley Green Drinks and part of a world-wide movement to bring sustainably-minded individuals together to network, share ideas, and strengthen communities.

SPGD meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8pm at Bridget Foy’s (200 South Street, corner of 2nd & South). Bridget Foy’s is a family-owned restaurant and South Street staple since 1978.  The atmosphere is inviting and conducive to all manner of good, green fun! Bridget Foy’s is pleased to offer green drinkers specially-priced local draft beers, mixed drinks and an array of discounted appetizers.

Whether you’re a green guru or simply need to know what to put in your recycling bin, you are welcome at SPGD!

Follow us @SPhillyGrnDrnks

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:10:28 -0500
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group December Meeting: Introducing South Street Plaza]]> December 3, 2015 8:00AM 9:00AM

The South Street Headhouse District will present its design plans for the new South Street Plaza, located on 2nd Street between South and Lombard Streets. The Plaza is at the epicenter of old and new – across from the historic Headhouse Shambles and the new Toll Bros development – and an important place within the context of the wider community, with implications for tourism, new retail on South Street and increased public space for gatherings and City festivals.
8 AM, Thursday, December 3 at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street
And mark your calendar for DAG’s January meeting. Students from the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign will discuss the conservation plan they have devised to guide development, while retaining historic, cultural and living resources, in the Sharswood neighborhood of lower North Philadelphia, the object of proposed, large-scale redevelopment.
8 AM, Thursday, January 14 (yup, that’s right) at the offices of Ballinger, 833 Chestnut Street (yup, that’s right too!)
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:49:20 -0500
<![CDATA[Vision Zero Philadelphia]]> December 3, 2015 8:00AM 5:30PM

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are co-hosting Philadelphia’s first Vision Zero conference. Philadelphia’s new administration is committed to reducing road injuries and deaths through implementing a Vision Zero policy.

Vision Zero is based on the concept that road crashes are not accidents, but are preventable events. Through education, engineering and enforcement road deaths, currently totaling nearly 100 per year in Philadelphia, can be reduced to zero.

National experts in safety design, engineering, education and enforcement from both the public and private sectors will share their expertise and experience to help lay the groundwork for a goal and action plan that is tailored to Philaldelphia and employs best practices. Join us for a day of speakers, panels and break out-sessions focused on this crucial safety issue.

More Info

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:42:27 -0500
<![CDATA[Kevin O'Brien Studio Tour]]> December 3, 2015 5:00PM 7:00PM

Kevin O'Brien Studio Tour

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 05:00pm

Kevin O'Brien Studio
1412 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

The PennDesign Alumni Association invites you to explore Kevin O'Brien Studio.

Kevin O'Brien, C'80, MFA'87, founder and designer of Kevin O'Brien Studio will lead guests on private tour of his factory, a renovated movie theater on Broad Street. Working with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Kevin acquired the building in 2011 and took eight months to renovate it.

Kevin O'Brien Studio is a home furnishings company producing pillows, quilts, duvets and rugs found at luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. After discovering textiles while traveling in China and Japan, O'Brien started producing handmade fabrics 20 years ago in his spare time, and now has a factory in Philadelphia and workshop in Kathmandu.

Tickets are $10 per guest. Advanced registration is required.

Please purchase tickets at

Wine and cheese will be served. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit

Questions? Please contact Associate Director Janhavi Chandra at or 215.746.3167.

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:55:08 -0500
<![CDATA[Moon+Arrow to host booksigning for 10 Philly photographers]]> December 3, 2015 5:30PM 7:30PM

Ten local photographers will share, sell and sign their books at Moon+Arrow
and RareCo on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 5:30 – 7:30pm. 
Join us for cocktails, nibbles, holiday cheer and sales.
Justyna Badach, Dominic Episcopo, Vince Feldman, Alida Fish, Jessica Todd Harper,
David Graham, Jenny Lynn, Barbara Proud, Stuart Rome, Sandy Sorlien,
Moon+Arrow and RareCo are honored to be partners as part of 
The Print Center's Centennial: The Print Center 100   city wide 
celebration. From September-December 2015, 100 partnering organizations 
will include exhibitions, public art events, commissions, lectures, publications, and a Gala & Street Party to celebrate The Print Center’s accomplishments 
over the last 100 years.
Philly city photographers:
Sandy Sorlien is a local Philadelphia photographer whose path has included fine art, education, and urban analysis.
One example is from a book-in-progress, with the working title The Heart of Town: Main Streets in America. It was begun in October 2001 and continues. There was a gap of several years after 2005 when I concentrated on post-Katrina urban planning work. I still photographed downtowns, but sought out certain elements for urban analysis. Those pictures are on another website, the Transect Collection, where you can learn how different frontages support different walkable habitats.
Many of the images in this gallery are from my 2011 road trip coast-to-coast on US Route 50, which is arguably America's Main Street. It follows a rural-to-urban transect in and out of towns. Often US 50 becomes, literally, Main Street.

Vincent D. Feldman has been photographing architecture and the urban landscape for three decades. In the early 1990s his photography concentrated on the conflicts and questions that often surround historic buildings in Philadelphia. Feldman’s photography helps uncover the stories attached to buildings, thus revealing the nature of a society in which these structures were built—and then neglected.  

City Abandoned :
Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia
Hardbound 147 pages, 96 reproductions, 9 x 11 inches
with essays by John Andrew Gallery and Kenneth Finkel
-Received the Henry J. Magaziner, EFAIA Award.,  2015 Annual Preservation Awards, The Union League, June 3rd, 2015.
-Preservation Education Award recipient, 2015 Annual Preservation Awards, The Union League, June 3rd, 2015.
-Silver Award for Book Design, Graphis 2015 Design Annual Competition.
-Inga Saffron reviews "City Abandoned" in the Philadelphia Inquirer.Friday, March 14th, 2014.
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:15:01 -0500
<![CDATA[2015 AIA Philadelphia Holiday Party]]> December 3, 2015 5:30PM 7:00PM

2015 AIA Philadelphia Holiday Party


December 3, 2015


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Center for Architecture

1218 Arch St

19107 Philadelphia , PA


Registration is required

Event Cost: 

Free (Member Only Event)

Register Now

Join us as we celebrate the holidays at AIA Philadelphia's annual member only holiday party at the Center for Architecture.

Catch up with colleagues, meet new friends, enjoy hors'doeuvres and refreshments.

This is a member only event open to individual architect, associate and allied members of AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture.

If you have any questions regarding the Holiday Party, please contact Juli Foley, Member Services & Events Manager, at

Thank you to our sponsor.....

For more information, please contact:

AIA Philadelphia

Juli Foley


Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:45:22 -0500
<![CDATA[MUSA Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Kate Raman]]> December 4, 2015 12:00PM 1:30PM

Please join us for Penn IUR’s monthly MUSA lunch session with Kate Raman (MUSA ’14). Kate is the Associate Director for Econsult Solutions, based in Philadelphia. Her work uses geospatial analysis to provide insights into economic problems, policy questions, and strategic thinking on a range of topics from real estate to transportation. She will discuss the latest uses of GIS in her field.


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:55:29 -0500
<![CDATA[Kitchen Conversation "The Cup That Cheers: Drinking in the 18th Century]]> December 4, 2015 7:00PM 9:00PM

Friday, December 4, 7:00pm
"The Cup That Cheers: Drinking in the 18th Century"
Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Director, Cooperstown Graduate Program
Includes Tasting of 18th Century Style Wines & Beverages*
Suggested donation: $15
Space is limited - to reserve click here or call 215-848-1777
*Must be 18 or older to participate in wine tasting

Americans in the 18th century avoided water which could often be tainted and embraced spirituous beverages. This talk and slideshow discusses American's fondness for alcohol, how it almost led to the disbanding of the Continental Army and the origins of our current interest in wine. Included are tastings of 18th century style wines, Haymakers' Switchel, a non-alcoholic drink, and Tavern Biscuits made from an 18th century recipe.

About Dr. Gretchen Sorin
Dr. Sorin is the Director and Distinguished Professor of Museum Studies of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, NY. She is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Fellow of the New York Academy of History. Her publications include Touring Historic Harlem: Four Walks in Northern Manhattan, and her curatorial credits include the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition "In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." . Dr. Sorin's professional acknowledgements include the Katherine Coffey Award, 2009, and SUNY Chancellor's Research Recognition Award, 2005.
Wheelchair Accessible
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:39:39 -0400
<![CDATA[HACE Resource & Job Fair]]> December 5, 2015 10:00AM 2:00PM

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Looking for help and not sure where to find it? Look no further! HACE is thrilled to be hosting a Resource & Job Fair on Saturday, December 5th. The event gathers organizations offering vital resources, such as job training and placement, enrollment in affordable health care, senior services, housing and energy services, and even more services that empower our neighbors – including our NAS, the group that affords you the opportunity to have a direct impact on your community! We would like to invite you to join us on December 5th at Villes del Caribe (167 W Allegheny Avenue) from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Move at your own pace as you learn about the services available to you, snack on light refreshments and hot beverages, and receive great giveaways and raffle prizes! Friends and family are encouraged to join us in learning more and having fun this Saturday, December 5th.

HACE Resource & Job Fair

Saturday, December 5th 2015

10:00am – 2:00pm

167 W Allegheny Avenue

Philadelphia PA 19140

This activity is made possible with funding from the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:05:33 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia City Planning Commission Public Commission Meeting]]> December 8, 2015 1:00PM 4:00PM

PCPC Public Commission Meeting

Tue, December 8, 1pm – 4pm


One Parkway, 1515 Arch Street, Rm 18-029

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:42:18 -0500
<![CDATA[DRPA Board Meeting]]> December 9, 2015 9:00AM 11:00AM

Board Meeting

Wed, December 9, 9am – 11am

Meetings take place at One Port Center, 11th Floor, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. Schedule is subject to change.

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:55:15 -0500