Author: Joseph Brin

What Do Comics Have to Do with Medicine?

“I believe this medium is the new literacy in this country. Words themselves are not able to keep up with the speed of information. This combination of words and images will continue to grow and it will dominate.”                         —Will…

Stick-lets: Bringing Urban Kids Back to Nature

  Children are destined to inherit the planet – but they already inhabit our cities. So how can we nurture and protect a child's infinite capacity for play in the big city?   “Grasshopper Green” Stick-let In Philadelphia, Stick-lets industrial…

Stoking the Furness

Philadelphia played a large role in ushering in an age of modernism, and architect Frank Furness was a major part of the movement.

Moonrise Over Architecture

Design me a structure that is open to the sky, partially enclosed, all natural materials, fragile, permeable, no heat, no electricity, no plumbing...and only lasting 7 days. What? Simple structures, complex and rich with meaning can still be irresistible to…

Noguchi Museum Digitizes Isamu Noguchi's Body of Work

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Photo: Anzai “Sculpture to be Seen From Mars” Model (left)1947 (destroyed) Photo: Soichi Sunami Isamu Noguchi's prodigious and expansive artworks spanned the world of sculpture in stone, metal, paper, wood, and ceramics. His striking vision conquered territory…

Design as Destination

Hilary Jay presides over DesignPhiladelphia at the University of the Arts and has seen exponential growth in programming as well as attendance since its 2005 debut.

The Prescience of Richard Neutra's Theory of "Biorealism"

Illustration: “Nature Near” Joseph G. Brin © 2012 Talk about biophilia, biomimicry, or biodiversity and another "bio" comes to mind—that of late architect Richard Neutra. He himself coined the term "biorealism" to connote “the inherent and inseparable relationship between man and…

An Uncommon Common Man

Charles A. Bangert, Jr. was the kind of fellow you don't come across every day, possessing qualities you don’t always find in one person. He was down to earth, accomplished, meticulous, organized, humble, good-natured, good-humored, and kind. Charlie was an…

Beautiful End of the World

“Safe Harbor” Joseph G. Brin © 2012 You may have already had an end of the world experience – and just didn't know it. I'm not talking about a disaster by any means. Instead, this is about a soaring, heightened…