Joseph G. Brin, Architect & Writer

Lost Lots of Philadephia

In Environment & Infrastucture, Urban Space on July 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Lost Lots of Philadelphia

No matter how many times you hear the oft-bandied statistics about the City of Philadelphia’s 30-40,000 empty lots, the numbers are still staggering. Though it is sobering to witness the immediate devastation of a natural disaster, urban wastelands are the arid result of a more insidious, decades-long process…


Collaboration Not As Easy As Pie

In Environment & Infrastucture, Urban Space on July 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Photo: Joseph G. Brin

The URBN Center is a radically reconstructed interior on the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia, in a building originally designed by architect Robert Venturi.

As you pass through the glazed entry into a forest of exposed building systems, the scent of linseed oil is in the air. Open tread, wood stairways float up through a thicket of steel beams, bolts, wires, pipes and shut-off valves…

Philly’s Doctor of Green

In Environment & Infrastucture, Urban Space on April 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

M2 Triangles map


Max Zahniser doesn’t usually make house calls. As a leader in sustainability and integrative, systems thinking he lends his expertise to wide ranging building projects and organizations. He promotes green practices on a national level and has been at the inception of advanced thinking in that arena…