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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, artist and writer based in Philadelphia. He has covered Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His residential architecture website can be seen HERE.

Borders And Boundaries, Invisible To Most

Borders And Boundaries, Invisible To Most

October 23, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

In network of eruvs, Jews delineate Sabbath borders and meditate on place and community. Joseph G. Brin uncovers what's hidden to most of us > more

Philadelphia During The Civil War: A Medical Perspective, Opening At The Mütter

Philadelphia During The Civil War: A Medical Perspective, Opening At The Mütter

September 11, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

One hundred fifty years have passed since the Battle of Gettysburg turned the tide of the American Civil War. Now, the Mütter Museum -- which opened that same year -- opens a permanent exhibit commemorating Philadelphia's medical contribution during that awful war. Joe Brin previews > more

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