Partners to Present Recent Work During Design Philadelphia Festival / by Brian Szymanik


Brian Szymanik and David Quadrini will present the Firm's recent work with NKCDC in a Design Philadelphia Event titled, "Corridor Realities."  The sold out event, sponsored by the Community Design Collaborative and the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, presents hand's on tales of commercial corridor revitalization.

When: Thursday, October 10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Where: Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

What:   Commercial corridors are an essential ingredient of vibrant neighborhoods.  Corridor Realities presents strategies improving the building blocks of neighborhood commercial corridors: storefronts, landmark buildings in need of new roles, streets, sidewalks, and other public spaces. All the speakers have hands-on experience in revitalizing commercial corridors.


Session #1:  Great façade improvements that won’t break the bank

Alex Balloon, Corridor Manager, Tacony CDC, Moderator
Robin Kohles, AIA, Project Associate, Community Design Collaborative
Jonathan Snyder, Storefront Improvement Program Manager, City of Philadelphia Commerce Department
Brian Szymanik, AIA and David Quadrini, AIA

Session #2:  White Elephants: the bumpy road to getting buildings back in use

Story Bellows, Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Moderator
Kira Strong, VP of Community and Economic Development, People’s Emergency Center

Session #3  :Getting your corridor on the map: tactical urbanism, place making, and other strategies

Prema Gupta, Director of Planning and Economic Development, University City District, Moderator
Alex Gilliam, Director, Public Workshop
Tya Winn, Real Estate Development Associate, Logan CDC
Pam Zimmerman, AIA, Principal, Zimmerman Studio

Corridor Realities is being presented as part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a program of the Center for Architecture. The 9th annual city-wide celebration of all things design will run for nine days from October 10 - 18 in unique venues and spaces throughout the city. Visit to learn more.  


Program Partners:           Community Design Collaborative
City of Philadelphia Department of

Media Partner:                 Next City @nextcityorg #corridorrealities