Events Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:37:49 -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[At the Intersection of Design, Urbanism, and the Humanities]]> October 30, 2014 11:45AM 12:45PM

Join us for a discussion with leading academics in the planning and design fields all of whom have been awarded grants through the Mellon Foundation’s Initiative for Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities. This event will provide a forum for researchers to share learnings from their Mellon-funded programs and discuss the importance of building interdisciplinary networks and projects to examine cities, design, and society. Box lunch provided.

Have questions about At the Intersection of Design, Urbanism, and the Humanities? Contact PennIUR,



Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:04:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Science Dialogues: Old Growth Urban Forests: Research Methodology and Historical Continuity Management]]> October 30, 2014 12:00PM 1:00PM

Robert Loeb, PhD of The Penn State University will share with us: Old Growth Urban Forests: Synthetic Research Methodology and Historical Continuity Management

Old growth urban forests developed in cities around the earth with human actions that have changed arboreal composition and forest dynamics. Reversing impending losses of species diversity and forest structure requires synthetic historical ecology research to determine past species composition and environmental conditions in order to restore the historical continuity of the forests. Synthetic historical ecology research has two methodologies: historical species diversity and forest remeasurement. Historical species diversity research utilizes paleopalynology, witness tree records, and early floras to determine the species present as the old growth urban forest developed. Forest remeasurement provides information on changes in the forest layers which is essential to an understanding of long-term forest dynamics. Plans for historical continuity restoration projects are based on the record of forest changes revealed by the synthetic historical ecology research. Beyond plantings to restore species diversity, efforts must address disturbances such as invasive species, deer browsing, and human trampling that threaten plantings and spontaneous regeneration which eventually leads to loss of the entire forest. Government agencies cannot do the restoration work alone. Instead partnerships of landowners, government, universities, and community neighbors must apply adaptive management to restore old growth urban forests.

Robert Loeb is an associate professor of biology and forestry at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois Campus, which is an undergraduate campus of Penn State. Dr. Loeb’s 44 year research program focuses on the historical ecology and species diversity of old growth urban forests and urban natural areas. The research has focused on the coastal northeastern United States but over the past seven years he has been conducting research at Radnor Lake State Natural Area in Nashville, Tennessee where he investigates the ecological basis of urban natural area management issues.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:54:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Trail Update – Building and Planning the Network in Philadelphia]]> October 30, 2014 5:30PM 7:30PM

Reception 5:30 – 6:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Program 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philadelphia Planning Committee to hear what the next big trail projects are in Philadelphia. What is in store for trails near your house? Hear the answers directly from City and non-profit development organizations that plan and build Philadelphia’s trail network. Staff from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Parks & Recreation, and other trail development entities will share updates on how trail projects are envisioned, prioritized, and developed; which segments will be constructed next; and the vision for the citywide trail network.

This ticket indicates your intention to attend this program. Please be advised that seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For directions, parking and transit information, please see the "visit" tab at


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:46:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Town Hall Meeting with State Rep. Brian Sims (182nd District)]]> October 30, 2014 6:30PM 8:00PM

Brian Sims Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, October 30, 6:30
Hawthorne Cultural Center

Brian Sims: I love doing town hall events in my district! I’m getting together with a bunch of constituents on October 30th at the Hawthorne Cultural Center (1200 Carpenter Street) from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. It's always a great opportunity to discuss the issues important to the communities I represent. If you plan on coming to the event, please make sure to give us a call at 215-246-1501 or email me at

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:56:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Creative Mornings: Philadelphia - Diana Lind]]> October 31, 2014 8:30AM 10:00AM



OCT 31 | 8:30AM - 10:00AM



Diana Lind is Executive Director & Editor in Chief of Next City, a Philadelphia-based urban affairs nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through media and events. She is also the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). Diana received a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in The New York TimesArchitectural Record, and more. She'll be speaking on the topic of crossover

Also, wear your best Halloween costume! There will be a contest with a surprise prize for the winner. This event is sponsored by Cake Life Bake Shop.  

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:37:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Hawthorne Family Halloween Party]]> October 31, 2014 5:00PM 7:00PM

Hawthorne Park Halloween Party
Friday, October 31, 5-7pm
Hawthorne Park (12th and Catharine)

The Friends of Hawthorne Park, Liberti Church Center City, Dranoff Properties, and MLK Homeowners Association are teaming up once again to bring a family-friendly Halloween Party to Hawthorne Park.  We hope neighbors and friends can join us for music, dancing, games, crafts, candy, and costumes!  We'd also LOVE IT if you'd like to help out.  It's quite an effort, and it takes a lot of work to make these things happen.  Email and we'll connect you with the right people.  

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:02 -0400
<![CDATA[SOSNA Halloween Fundraiser Party]]> October 31, 2014 8:00PM 11:30PM

Please come out to our first annual SOSNA Halloween Fundraising Party! All proceed go to support the SOSNA Community Impact Committee's initiatives, the Friends of Chester A. Arthur (FoCA) and the Stanton Community Partnership for E.M. Stanton Elementary School (SCP) all non-profit organizations (501c3) whom support our community and our neighborhood public schools!

DJ & Dance Floor, Halloween Costume Contest, Cash Bar, Lite Fare, Outdoor Patio & more! 


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Hidden City Walking Tour: Lost Sites & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music]]> November 1, 2014 11:00AM 1:00PM

Lost Sites & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music is a two-hour walking tour that features sites and stories of many important locations in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Philadelphia music. 

Included are the sites of America’s first permanent theater building, first opera performance, and first “mega-concert,” as well as the site of Philadelphia’s first public concert and locations of its early concert halls and homes of its prominent musicians. 

Tour leader Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations. Jack has a master’s degree in music history and has been involved in several Philadelphia music history projects. He writes on Philadelphia music history for the Hidden City Daily.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Mural Dedication: ASpire: The Dr. Shawn L. White Mural Project]]> November 1, 2014 12:00PM 1:30PM

Meet us in South Philadelphia to celebrate ASpire, a mural project honoring the legacy of the late Dr. Shawn L. White, aka “Air Smooth.” White was a community leader, father, and educator who led health initiatives aimed at young African-American men in Philadelphia, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention. 

FUNDED BY: City of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services, PhillyRising Collaborative, 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, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, EPIC South, KBI Solutions – Non-Profit Consulting, Universal Audenried Charter School, Universal Companies

About the project

Shawn L. White, Ph.D. used his passion for music, love of education, and concern for his community to uplift youth throughout Philadelphia for over twenty years, teaching mostly young black men about making smart decisions regarding their health. White passed away in April 2013 at the age of 41, leaving behind two sons, Asa and Quadry White, to carry on his legacy.

As a teen, White worked as a peer educator to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. In 2009, the South Philadelphia native began leading the University of Pennsylvania’s barbershop health initiative, SHAPE UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers. The program brought health and wellness information directly to African-American men. It continues today without Penn affiliation in numerous shops throughout the city.

White was a close friend of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder of the Grammy award–winning band The Roots and a current Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates board member. “Shawn and I went way back – we used to make music together and talked about our dreams to make it big. And even though we went into different fields, we both made our dreams come true,” says Trotter. “We wanted to keep his dream alive, and what better way than a mural in his neighborhood?”

ASpire includes a mural honoring White created by Ernel Martinez and members of Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Program, workshops and talks at barbershops and more.

To learn more, visit


Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:31:22 -0400
<![CDATA[SOSNA Triangles Clean Up]]> November 2, 2014 10:00AM 11:00AM

Join the Triangles Committee to help maintain our great new public space the first Sunday of every month at 10 AM at 23rd and South Streets!

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:41:27 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDesign Lecture: Giancarlo Mazzanti: "Architecture as a Mechanism of Social Integration"]]> November 3, 2014 5:30PM 7:00PM

Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery

Giancarlo Mazzanti is a Colombian architect based in Bogota.

Mazzanti was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1963. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the Pontifical University in Javeriana, Bogotá (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) in 1987. He received a graduate degree in history and theory of architecture and industrial design from the University of Florence, Italy in 1991.

Mazzanti's work includes Biblioteca Parque España, León de Greiff Library (Bibliotheca La Ladera) in Medellín, Gerardo Molina College, Restaurant Nazca, Habitar 72, Habitar 74 and the Medellin Coliseum (for IX South American Games) . The won the Sustainable Architecture prize from the French Institute of Architecture.

He also designed El Porvenir kindergarten in Bosa, Gerardo Molina College in Suba, Museo del Caribe in Barranquilla, Third Millennium Park in San Victorino and coliseums.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:55:34 -0400
<![CDATA[East Mt. Airy Neighbors Community / Board Meeting]]> November 3, 2014 7:30PM 9:00PM

The community is invited to attend EMAN's monthly meetings. The Board meets in Executive Session at 7:00; the community is welcome at 7:30. Come meet neighbors & learn about issues & activities in the neighborhood. We love volunteers, so if something interests you, join us & help make things happen! - See more at:

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:03:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Friends of Julian Abele Park Meeting]]> November 4, 2014 7:00PM 8:00PM

Friends of Julian Abele Park meeting. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the SOSNA office at 7pm. 

Join us to get involved with the park. Everyone welcome! 

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:42:51 -0400
<![CDATA[WORKSHOP - Neon Design with Len Davidson]]> November 5, 2014 9:30AM 12:30PM

Students in this class will design a sample neon piece for signage, architectural, or artistic use.   Participants will be instructed in neon pattern making and will begin to create a paper design to be made into neon.  Designs will be discussed and suggestions made on design improvements. Participants will learn how neon transformers, hardware, and other elements such as metals, plastics, found objects, glass, drywall, etc. can be integrated with neon design.  The workshop can be used for familiarization with neon, but it is particularly appropriate for architects, designers and artists who want to create with neon, or integrate neon into their work.

Please bring any sketch pads, pens, pencils, erasers, drafting equipment, etc. as you see fit.  Neon pattern paper will be supplied. Some metals, plastics and other such materials will be shown, but if a particular material is of interest, it is suggested that participants bring a piece of the material to the workshop.

This 3-hour hands-on class will be led by Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer, 1999).  Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and about 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has also 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.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:16:09 -0400
<![CDATA[CCRUN Seminar - Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience]]> November 5, 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, November 5th 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 Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience
Adrian Benepe and Philip Orton

The topic for this session is green infrastructure and the urban coast, discussing the current state of natural hazard resilience and climate change adaptation.  Hurricane Sandy caused coastal flooding in Northern New Jersey and New York City that exceeded any levels reached in over three hundred years of the region’s history.  Philip Orton will place Sandy’s flood heights in the context of historically increasing storm tides and sea levels and will demonstrate how he is using hydrodynamic modeling to examine the efficacy of nature-based and vertical barrier based approaches. In response to resilience and adaptation, Adrian Benepe will discuss the benefits of storm water capture provided by natural green infrastructure and on wetland preservation. Adrian will focus on parks as green infrastructure, concentrating on The Trust for Public Land’s work around the country.

Adrian Benepe

A senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land, Adrian Benepe is one of the nation’s experts on the nexus of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in public-space development and management. Adrian served as New York City Park Commissioner for 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg prior to joining The Trust for Public Land. During that time he oversaw a major expansion of the city’s park system, including restoring historic parks such as Central Park and Battery Park, adding 730 acres of new parkland including Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the High Line, and laying the groundwork for an additional 2,000 acres of parkland within the city. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship.

Philip Orton

Dr. Philip Orton is a research assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and specializes in coastal physical oceanography and storm surges.  He holds a PhD in physical oceanography from Columbia University and a MS in marine science from the University of South Carolina.  He has published over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as three op-eds on climate change, coastal ecosystem health and coastal flooding in The New York Times, one in the Sunday Edition.  He is a technical team member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), and recently worked on NYC’s Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resilience after Sandy, using a storm surge model to quantify the influence of adaptation strategies on coastal flooding.  His other research interests include air-sea interaction, marine and coastal meteorology, turbulent mixing, sediment transport, carbon dioxide and ocean acidification, and relationships between ecosystem.

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[SOSNA Architectural Review Committee Meeting]]> November 5, 2014 6:00PM 6:30PM

Monthly meetings of the SOSNA Architectural Review Committee (ARC) will take place the first Wednesday of every month at 6 PM at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street. Please read the ARC's guidelines and protocols here. Meetings are open to the public. Call 215-732-8446 for questions.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:45:24 -0400
<![CDATA[SOSNA Zoning Workgroup Meeting]]> November 5, 2014 6:30PM 8:00PM

The Zoning Workgroup meeting takes place at 6:30 PM at the SOSNA office, 1901 Christian Street. Come join neighbors to talk about zoning issues, including citywide Zoning Reform, neighborhood zoning remapping, large neighborhood projects and more!  The Workgroup, at the direction of the Board of Directors, will continue to craft the protocols for a new Architectural Review Committee, to advocate for good urban design in the zoning process.

This group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:47:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting]]> November 6, 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 11:02:28 -0500
<![CDATA[2014 GeoDesign Forum]]> November 7, 2014 12:30PM 5:00PM

Philadelphia University's College of Architecture and the Built Environment is pleased to host a half-day forum about the professional application of GeoDesign.

The forum will include presentations on the latest approaches for 3D modeling for smart cities, state-of-the-art 3D supporting technologies, case studies, as well as an introduction to Philadelphia University's new M.S. in GeoDesign program, as well as their Landscape Architecture program.

Revolving around the theme "Philadelphia Navy Yard: Mustin Park District," the event begins with a keynote presentation on The Navy Yard by Will Agate, Senior Vice President of the Navy Yard Management and Development, and continues with a presentation of the MS in GeoDesign Navy Yard summer geodesign studio, followed by presentations of professional geodesign projects by firms Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Pennoni Associates, Bergmann Associates, Maser Consulting and Esri. 

The event will be followed by a professional Meet-Up networking social where refreshments will be served.

THIS EVENT IS WORTH 4.0 CEUs for PA Landscape Architects

For more information about the event, contact Jim Querry at

Event Location and Parking
The Geodesign Forum will take place on the campus of Philadelphia University in The Field DEC Center forum.  There is parking at the north end of campus near the tennis courts. For directions to campus, click here.

Public Transportation
The campus is easily accessible by train or bus. By train from 30th Street Station, Suburban Station or Market Street East, take the Chestnut Hill West Line to Queen Lane. The campus is a 10 minute walk from the station: take a right onto Wissahickon Avenue to School House Lane. Turn left on School House Lane to the University.

Once you arrive, make sure you have a copy of our campus map, or have explored our interactive map to get around campus.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:11:23 -0400