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    • Market Street Memorial at dusk (simulation) / Hussam SH, Elkhrraz

Art Commission gets Market St. Memorial walk-through; approves City Hall and Septa plans

The Philadelphia Art Commission received an emotional, in-depth presentation Wednesday from the 22nd & Market Memorial Committee concerning progress the group is making in commemorating the site where six people died…

Art Commission grants conceptual approval to Zoo360 plans and rec center work

Nina Bisbee, the Philadelphia Zoo's VP for Facilities, transported the Philadephia Art Commission to the African Plains Wednesday as she sought conceptual approval for a novel approach to enhancing the relationship…

    • Emanuel Kelly (left) succeeds Sean Buffington as Art Commission chairman

Emanuel Kelly takes the chair at the Art Commission

Emanuel Kelly, a respected architect with local roots, will be the new Chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission, a powerful gatekeeping body that stewards the city's visual legacy. Kelly succeeds former…

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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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