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    • City Council chambers.

Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Aerial view of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Arch Street

Developer of 23rd and Arch site asked to give double tower proposal a second look

PMC’s Property Group’s new mega-apartment project drew acrimony from the Civic Design Review (CDR) Tuesday, as the developer’s plans for a skybridge and an enormous parking garage proved unpopular. The committee…

    • Brian McIntire evaluates the new user interfaces of the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosk (Kim Paynter/WHYYY)

After hundreds accidentally get multiple Key cards, SEPTA takes a step to fix confusing kiosks

SEPTA is taking a tentative step towards improving the user interfaces on its new fare card kiosks, piloting a new set of screens at its headquarters. If the user experience (UX)…

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ABOUT DESIGN

Urban design creates a framework for our lives, so understanding how humans perceive the physical scale and form of cities is essential to mastering it.

We feel and experience urban design every day. Sites can be so masterfully designed that we may take the built environment as a given, not thinking twice about how we respond to our surroundings. However, assumptions about human nature lie behind every house and intersection. Every road width and building height delivers a message to their users on how to use the public realm.

Design brings order and relation into human surroundings, often so well that we cannot imagine them in any other form. Different designs affect residents in different ways, and make the city’s image more vivid and memorable.

Embedded in urban design theories is the fundamental goal of balancing private development and public good in a way that incorporates the social, economic, and cultural needs of a diverse urban population.

This balance can take many different forms, as we can see in many examples within Philadelphia itself. ... read more

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DESIGN

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