DAGspace articles are designed to be the personal view of their authors. We look for insightful opinion pieces which will open our eyes to things we hadn't noticed before, propose solutions to problems we need to fix, or share treasures about this city which will make us all proud. Submit an idea that you would like to write about to David Brownlee.

We would like to thank all who entered the "At Home in a Rowhouse: A 21st Century Rowhouse Design Competition" for innovations on one of Philadelphia's most iconic buildings: the rowhouse. Congratulations to CM(SE)X(Y)-1 by Chris Mulford and Lindsay Rule, as well as FLEXIBLE HOUSE by Uk Jung who... continue reading >>>
Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, September 4, 2016. p. C4 COMMENTARY A plea to preserve key facets of gem that is Jewelers Row David B. Brownlee and George Claflen   Jewelers Row on Sansom Street, between Seventh and Eighth Streets, in Center City. Surely there is away to protect it. MICHAEL... continue reading >>>
A well-illuminated bridge can be an inspiring nighttime sight, and the nationally recognized Schuylkill River Trail provides some striking examples. The taut, riveted steel beneath JFK Boulevard contrasts with the glowing, classical mass of 30th Street Station. The white and blue reflections in the... continue reading >>>
DAGspace articles express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Design Advocacy Group. Not enough gratitude is given to our returning military veterans—volunteers who left their stateside positions to serve their country. It is heartbreaking to see them... continue reading >>>
Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, May 4, 2015 p. A14 online at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150504_A_transformed_city__by_des... Today's Philadelphia story is a tale of two cities. In recent years, Center City and nearby areas have been transformed, but we remain the poorest of American... continue reading >>>
  An Agenda for Design and Planning in Philadelphia Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia April 7, 2015 George Claflen David Brownlee Kiki Bolender I. INTRODUCTION -- “BOTH -AND” NOT “EITHER -OR” Philadelphia is hot again. Young professionals want to be here, retired professionals want to be... continue reading >>>
Revisioning Schuylkill Banks and the Lower Schuylkill River by Sean O'Rourke, AIA   Prelude I went to Copenhagen on vacation not too long ago and while walking around the city it was difficult not to interact with its waterways. I found canals lined with houseboats in the residential... continue reading >>>
by Steve Perzan   The reason that plans for Penn’s Landing always seem a little dismaying is that they are usually just like every other city’s riverfront plan--without enough pizazz to make them exceptional.     Here's what I think is lacking with the current plan, which Hargreaves... continue reading >>>
Depending upon whom you’re talking to, they call it PATCO or the Lindenwold High Speed Line. It started operating in 1969 and now carries 38,000 people daily with a total of nine stations in New Jersey and four in Pennsylvania (all in Philadelphia). It is one of only five high speed mass transit... continue reading >>>
(With apologies to the Committee of Seventy for copying the question-and-answer format made famous by their “How the City Works” series.)   On April 18 the City Planning Commission recommended approval of a bill before City Council that would allow high-rise towers along both sides of the... continue reading >>>