September 12, 2013 | Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Battle Against the Bulldozer: The Creative Destruction of Philadelphia

As much as any American city in the twenty-first century, Philadelphia has been defined by large-scale urban erasure—slum clearance, blight eradication, and demolition by neglect—that has shaped the urban fabric and marked the civic psyche. In this lecture, Jeff Byles,…

November 19, 2013 | Cannon Funeral Home, 2315 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 1913

Funeral Home Open House

Though we now take them for granted as places of business and a resource in times of mourning, funeral homes are a relatively young phenomenon in the United States. As Drew Gilpin Faust explains in her highly touted work This Republic…

March 4, 2014 | Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, 3529 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Funeral for a Home Community Forum

Please join artists Billy and Steven Dufala to discuss the planning and design of a public funeral and memorial service of an abandoned Mantua home, set to take place in May 2014. Billy and Steven are keen to learn about…

March 13, 2014 | Mantua Haverford Community Center, 631 N 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Creative Neighborhood Redevelopment

  Gather round for an intimate discussion on how artists across the country are spearheading creative neighborhood redevelopment with their local community.  Guest speakers include Rick Lowe (Houston), Kyong Park (Los Angeles/Detroit), and Transformazium (Braddock, PA). Register here.

March 29, 2014 | Meet at Front and Chestnut Sts. in Old City to board a shuttle bus at 9:30am. Facilities are located in Northeast Philadelphia in close proximity to I-95.

Wade Into the Wastestream

Philadelphia in 2014 is a daily witness to the construction of new homes and the demolition of long decaying structures. The vacant lots and new facilities left in their wake are evident enough, but what of the tons of materials…