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Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, photographer and writer based in Philadelphia. He has covered Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His residential architecture website can be seen HERE. His photography website can be seen HERE Brin is currently shooting a film, "SHIVTEI: Enduring Spirit -- A Family of Stories" (project made possible with training and equipment from WHYY Education)

Design Coalition Aims To Bridge The Old-New Divide

Design Coalition Aims To Bridge The Old-New Divide

October 12, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

Move over Miami, the Philadelphia Design District is getting ready for some time in the spotlight. The coalition of gallery owners, artisans, and tech startups want to transform Old City into a hive of contemporary design, while preserving the neighborhood's historic character. Joe Brin takes a look inside the idea with co-founder Eugenie Perret > more

Harvey Finkle: Photographer Seeks Justice For The Other

Harvey Finkle: Photographer Seeks Justice For The Other

September 10, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

New photography exhibition explores South Philly's Jewish communities and the city's transitioning immigrant populations. Joe Brin has the story > more

Row House Synagogue In South Philly Reborn

Row House Synagogue In South Philly Reborn

May 30, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin checks in at our favorite 109-year-old row house synagogue, Shivtei Yeshuron, where membership is flourishing and programming is humming along > more

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

I'm Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

I’m Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

September 1, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In 1839, amateur chemist Robert Cornelius was experimenting with a new photographic process at his family's store in Center City. That fateful year, in an alley off of Chestnut Street, he would give birth to the world's first "selfie." Meet the conservator who is working to preserve the elusive portfolio of one of history's most influential photographers. Joe Brin has the story > more