Author: Joseph Brin

ATOMIC CITY JOE

“Ghost Busters” Photo: Joseph G. Brin copyright 2012 Stroll past Lady Love Clothing & Accessories, Mr. Bagel, and Tattooed Mom's Bar... On your way up Philadelphia's South Street you'll soon hear Frank Sinatra wafting from La Fourno, the Italian restaurant.…

Preservationist on Wheels

1938 Alfa Romeo 2900B MM Anyone who mentions Carravagio, Bernini, and the Ford Motor Company in the same sentence is someone you just have to meet. Dr. Fred Simeone is a retired, world-renowned Philadelphia neurosurgeon who has amassed a car…

Designing Water

“View from Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center” Joseph G. Brin Copyright 2011 Philadelphia has always had an engineered relationship to water and the Schuylkill River. In 1812, the Fairmount Water Works, designed by Frederick Graff, opened on the eastern banks…

"Civil War Vet Builds on River"

In 1883, architect Frank Furness, whose busy office once nurtured a young Louis Sullivan, had just completed the Undine Barge Club, the finest rowing clubhouse on Boathouse Row, a winding pearl string of boathouses along the Schuylkill River of Philadelphia. His…

Warp Speed

A native of Kyoto, Japan, Hitoshi Ujiie grew up in a kimono design and manufacturing family, learning all aspects of the trade. He studied at a textile college in Japan and under Glen Kaufman, textile fiber artist, at the University…

Best Kept Secrets

Philadelphia’s best kept secrets are hiding in plain sight. In the 19th century, the city became embedded with quirky repositories of everything from dolls to dodos. City neighborhoods expanded, engulfing these manic collections as if flies in amber awaiting future…

You are "here"

“Paint Torch” Sculptor: Claes Oldenburg, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia.  Photo: Joseph G. Brin “Hephaestus and the Garden of the gods, Snow”.  2010 Photo: Scott Hocking "I've always been interested in the periphery.” Julien Robson, British born Curator of…

Want to teach? Break a leg!

Tidal pool.  Photo: Joseph G. Brin In grade school, the rare sighting of my teacher in the grocery store, evoked intense excitement as if I had encountered something almost forbidden, an exotic bird strutting and feeding outside its natural classroom…

SPACE INVADERS

Someone is about to erect a towering, shiny mirror right in the middle of the City of Philadelphia...metaphorically speaking, that is. Outdoor art galleries will spring up for a day, on December 10, 2011. Sculpture installations will cast light on…

Knitting Philadelphia Together

On October 14th 2011, Moore College of Art & Design and Metropolis magazine presented a symposium with Editor-In-Chief Susan S. Szenasy and leading Philadelphia designers on research shaping contemporary practice. Szenasy screened the Metropolis film “Brilliant Simplicity: 15 Designers Research…