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    • 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)…

    • The community center in a planned Philadelphia Housing Authority project

Civic Design Review Meeting Offers Hesitant Praise to Proposed Developments.

The Civic Design Review Committee's (CDR) August session granted approval with numerous suggestions. While both were met with general praise from the staffers, there was also a consensus that each would…

    • Rendering of Wolff Court courtesy of Harman Deutsch Architecture

Short Civic Design Review meeting hints at cooling large development market

July’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting proved one of the shortest in the history of the five-year-old process. With only one item on the agenda, an inoffensive mid-rise apartment building in…

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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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