• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

April 14-18: Rain Barrel workshop | City Planning Commission meeting | Lower Northwest District Plan kickoff | Roland Snooks | Grid at Farm Fest

In addition to the Philadelphia Book Festival and Eastern State Penitentiary’s Pop-Up Museum, this week to opportunities to learn about urban sustainability, attend planning meetings, and discuss behavioral approaches to design.

CATCH: Rain Barrel Workshop

Monday, April 14, 6:30pm. 1301 N. 2nd Street. Join the South Kensington Community Partners for a free rain barrel workshop sponsored by the Philadelphia Water Department. Attendees will receive a free rain barrel to collect water from downspouts for use around the yard. RSVP 215-427-3463. Free.

PLAN: City Planning Commission April Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 1-4pm. 1515 Arch Street, Room 18029. This month the Planning Commission will discuss matters including the proposed memorial garden at 22nd and Market and the possible AAA facility on the Delaware Waterfront. Open to the public.

DISCUSS: Lower Northwest District Plan

Tuesday, April 15, 7pm. William Penn Charter School, Main Building, 3000 School House Lane. Calling Manayunk, Roxborough, Andorra, East Falls, Wissahickon, and Shawmont Valley folks: The Planning Commission is kicking off its Lower Northwest District Plan process and asks for your participation to start the conversation. Contact project manager Matt Wysong via or call 215-683-4650 with questions.

EXPLORE: Roland Snooks, Kokkugia

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30-8pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Architect Roland Snooks, founding partner of Kokkugia, comes to PennDesign this week to discuss his research about behavioral approaches to design and experimental architecture. Free.

TALK: Grid Alive at Farm Fest

Thursday, April 17, 7pm. The Oval. Join Grid for a special edition of Grid Alive to talk sustainable food systems as part of Farm Fest with Greensgrow’s Mary Seton Corboy; Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm; Lena Kim of the EPA, Sage Piszek of Eden Green Energy, and Cut Zahara of Feed the Barrel.


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