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    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Design committee to review projects in South Philly, Old City, Kensington

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee will consider three residential projects at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Developers of a proposed apartment complex at 401 Race Street will present for the second…

    • 401 Race Street | Barton Partners

At 4th and Race, design review committee wants a little gravitas

“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.” Baker, an…

    • The Architects Building at 17th & Sansom is LEED certified at the Gold level

Council members seek more incentives for green building

Two members of City Council have introduced legislation that would provide height and density bonuses for developers who design buildings to meet certain environmental and energy benchmarks. The bill, introduced by…

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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

  • Oct 6, 2015 –
  • Oct 18, 2015
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