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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, fine artist and writer based in Philadelphia. He has covered Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His architecture website can be seen HERE. His new artwork, explores historical intersections in Philadelphia, largely through its architecture. A palpable convergence of past and present...can be seen HERE.

Urban Fish Tale

Urban Fish Tale

June 24, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

The two- and three-story row buildings at Seventh and Dickinson are prototypical South Philly. One small business on the block, peddling domesticated fish imported from Asia and South America, is anything but typical. Joe Brin walks the walk to profile Giant Aquarium and its owner Thin Tham > more

A Century Later, Momentum Toward A Bainbridge Green

A Century Later, Momentum Toward A Bainbridge Green

May 30, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

Neighbors have been lamenting the half-baked public space on Bainbridge Street in Queen Village since the early 20th century; in a few months they'll have completed a plan for its transformation. Joe Brin talks to the some of the catalysts > more

Rebuilding Community: One Stitch at a Time

Rebuilding Community: One Stitch at a Time

May 23, 2013  |  2013 Festival, Walk the Walk

At South Philadelphia's Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel synagogue, the Hidden City Festival invigorates life with music and yarn. Joe Brin talks with congregant Morris Levin and artist Andrew Dahlgren about the installation—and what happens when it's over > more

Block Bustin'

Block Bustin’

April 10, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

South Street's loss is Frankford Avenue's gain for a Philadelphia music institution. Joe Brin checks in with Philadelphia Record Exchange on their relocation plans > more

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

March 29, 2013  |  News, Walk the Walk

A ripple of architectural destruction appears to be moving swiftly through Pennsport. Some people are putting their faith in preservation efforts and some are taking their faith elsewhere. Joe Brin searches for what's next at St. John the Evangelist and Engine 46 Firehouse > more