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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.

One Activist's Theory Of Historic Preservation: “Do Shit And Make It Work”

One Activist’s Theory Of Historic Preservation: “Do Shit And Make It Work”

February 26, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

“I see opportunities to make something beautiful out of something that’s busted up,” says South Street icon Joel Spivak, at work now giving new life to Shivtei Yeshuron, an ancient row house synagogue that's also a Hidden City Festival 2013 site. Joe Brin catches up with Spivak > more

Good Fencers Make Good Neighbors

Good Fencers Make Good Neighbors

January 9, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin walks into a world he didn't know existed at the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia in Powelton Village and talks to "Maestro" Mark Master about the challenges and rewards of a sport once taught in the Philly schools > more

Doctor Of History Will See You Now

Doctor Of History Will See You Now

December 14, 2012  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin explores the enduring ennui of the Physick House in Society Hill. Dr. Physick was a seminal figure in the history of American medicine, but his story is mostly lost, and his mansion--with so much contextual history of the early nation--doesn't make the tourist itinerary > more

Ideas Emerge From The Endless Experiment

Ideas Emerge From The Endless Experiment

October 25, 2012  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin discovers the creative energy behind the design collaborative Philly Works, who see the the city as a living laboratory for experiments in urban invention > more

On Fabric Row, Signs Of A Paradigm Shift

On Fabric Row, Signs Of A Paradigm Shift

September 25, 2012  |  Walk the Walk

Philadelphia has no branded "design district," but South Fourth Street, "Fabric Row," is halfway there, says Sara McCorriston, the co-owner of Paradigm Gallery and Studio. Joe Brin catches up with her and others who are dreaming big > more