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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, fine artist and writer based in Philadelphia. He covers Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. Brin has completed a graphic novel entitled "CAPONE!" and consults on visual narrative in the new field of graphic medicine. His architecture website can be seen HERE.

Courtyard Compass Reveals A City Off Axis

Courtyard Compass Reveals A City Off Axis

August 28, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

If you've ever feel like the city is just a tad off we have validating news for you. Philadelphia was built a few degrees left from its true north axis point. Contributor Joe Brin talks cartography and William Penn's city plan with Frank Morelli, Survey Bureau manager of the Streets Department > more

An Historian At The Intersection Of Class And Preservation

An Historian At The Intersection Of Class And Preservation

August 11, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

The city is full of historians all with a unique perspective on Philadelphia's layered past. Contributor Joe Brin profiles Michael Schreiber, a Queen Village historian, author, and activist who believes preservation and social equality go hand in hand. > more

Social Entrepreneurs Wake Up Lower Walnut Street With Social Design Cafe

Social Entrepreneurs Wake Up Lower Walnut Street With Social Design Cafe

May 27, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

FRIEDA for generations, a socially-minded startup company, is carving out a home inside the long vacant Maryland Casualty Company office at Walnut Place in Society Hill. Joseph Brin profiles the organization's forthcoming cafe that aims to combine coffee talk, intergenerational networking, and local design > more

What's That Out There? South Street's Beloved Space Station

What’s That Out There? South Street’s Beloved Space Station

December 23, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

Ready your ray guns! Joe Brin blasts off from South Street with fond memories of the space-age toy store Rocketships & Accessories > more

A Lost Furness Chapel And The Stories It Tells

A Lost Furness Chapel And The Stories It Tells

October 27, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

An obscure Frank Furness gem sits vacant and unused in Mount Sinai Cemetery in Frankford. Joe Brin has the details of this Moorish discovery and thoughts on Furness, preservation, and urban development > more