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    • 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…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Council close to consensus on Gallery redevelopment

Less than two months after unveiling plans to renovate The Gallery at Market East, the mall’s owners appear poised to secure a package of zoning and tax incentives from City Council.…

    • A demolition crew has begun to tear down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. (Jana Shea/for Newsworks)

New mixed-use project on Germantown Avenue will bring influx of young renters to Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy's Tourison's Hall will soon be history.  The building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave., which last housed a dialysis center, is being razed to the ground. In its place, a new…

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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

  • Jul 9, 2015

Design Advocacy Group

8:00AM – 9:30AM
  • Oct 6, 2015 –
  • Oct 18, 2015
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