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The Porch at 30th Streets, Photo by: Ben Tran, Image Courtesy of: University City District

By Sharon Leshner on Feb 11, 2016
How Philadelphia's Public Spaces are Influenced by Jan Gehl's Legacy of Human-Centered Design Think of three places in this city that you keep revisiting. Chances are, the places you’re thinking about were designed by an architect, urban planner, or both. This month at the Center for Architecture we’re celebrating one architect who has spent his life advocating for cities that benefit the quality of life of the people who inhabit it. Jan Gehl and his team at Gehl Architects build spaces that inspire citizens. Gehl’s book “Cities for People” explains his philosophy in very simple terms: city design should always... more
By Sharon Leshner on Feb 11, 2016
Executive Director of The Healthy Rowhouse Project Brings Community Development, Financial, and Ice Hockey Expertise to the Job Jill Roberts, a fifteen year veteran of Project Home, has been appointed founding Executive Director of the Healthy Rowhouse Project (healthyrowhouse.org), effective March 1. Jill brings a strong background in community development, finance and business, and personal qualities that will serve her well as leader of a nonprofit startup with very high ambitions. The Healthy Rowhouse Project was created to help Philadelphia's poorest residents, to keep them in their homes, to keep them from becoming homeless or displaced or sick, and to... more

Signs of Change Exhibition for DesignPhiladelphia. Image Credit: Chris Kendig Photography

By Sharon Leshner on Dec 3, 2015
Throughout DesignPhiladelphia, local organizations, Here's My Chance + Street Dept. presented a collection of 60 "Vote Here" signs as a part of the project, Next Stop: Democracy. Together, these artists' "Vote Here" signs created a 1-day, pop-up art installation across Philadelphia on Election Day, November 3rd. The signs were placed outside of polling locations around the city in an effort to celebrate civic engagement and shout out with art where to vote. Their DesignPhiladelphia exhibition was a huge success, and left the audience wanting more. Though the signs are no longer on display, you can still get your fill of... more