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The state of art galleries is changing in Philly’s Old City

The Rodger LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia’s Old City was considered knowledgeable, generous, and reasonably lucrative — but not terribly well organized. After four decades of buying, selling, trading, storing, championing, critiquing,…

    • James Wilson Park, at Second and Market streets, alongside Christ Church

Brainstorming how to make an Old City park as welcoming as its surroundings

The corner of Second and Market streets in Old City is laden with history. As Philadelphia’s original civic center, the neighboring block was the site of the city’s first town hall…

    • The new play space inside Whitman library in South Philadelphia. (Avi Wolfman-Arent/WHYY)

Shh! This is a… jungle gym? Philly libraries remade for play

Seven-year-old Olivia Kinkel and her family visit the Whitman library in South Philadelphia a couple of times a week, enough to feed Olivia’s appetite for “chapter books.” She already likes the…

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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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