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COMMUNITY Dear Friends, Members, and Colleagues: AIA National Convention will be here in Philadelphia in a few weeks. The Center for Architecture has been refreshed and rebranded, and has been renamed the Center / Architecture + Design. We have a new exhibit gallery that is hosting our inaugural exhibit "Looking Back, Pushing Forward: Significant Moments in Philadelphia Architecture." And our beloved AIA Bookstore is re-opening with a new look and exciting new product. It's been a busy year. All of the above and more would not have been possible without the 70+ AIA members who volunteered their talents and time to work with staff to successfully host AIA Convention 2016 and make the Center / Architecture + Design the hub for the design community in Philadelphia. A special shout out to our Volunteer of the Year, Soha St. Juste, who served as the Chair of the Convention Steering Committee; thank you Soha for your leadership and support. Prior to becoming Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia and the Center, I was Executive Director of the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. I spent a lot of time talking and planning with developers, community leaders, residents and local business owners about how we could equitably develop and improve the neighborhood. These conversations continue in this issue of Context that focuses on social justice and design equity. When I interviewed for this position two years ago, I asked the interview committee how they saw AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture being involved in the dialogue around the development of neighborhoods in Philadelphia. My experience in community development taught me that one of the biggest conversations about the built environment in Philadelphia for the next fifteen years will be about the equitable development of neighborhoods. Compared to most cities similar in size, Philadelphia has an opportunity to successfully encourage growth and manage it so that it does not displace low and fixed income households. I'm proud that the Center / Architecture + Design is a vehicle, both organizational and as a physical hub, to encourage and support those conversations and initiatives that are focused on equitable growth for all, such as the Healthy Rowhouse Project. Lastly, thank you to our editors on this important issue - Beth Miller and Sally Harrison. The Community Design Collaborative is the best public interest design organization in the country. AIA and Centers of Architecture colleagues from around the country tell me frequently that we are so lucky to have the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia. I couldn't agree more. We are grateful to have them here in Philadelphia because of all of the great work they do, but we are also thrilled that they are a critical part of AIA and Center / Architecture + Design community. Meet up at the Refresh Lounge! Our home, the Center for Architecture and Design (Center), is conveniently located just across Arch Street, mere steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Center will serve as the AIA Philadelphia hub for Convention week with a bevy of activities offering networking and social opportunities as well as spaces to relax and recharge your mind, body, and electronics. Be sure to check out the AIA Philadelphia Welcome Guide available for FREE at the AIA Philadelphia desk at the Convention Center as well as at the Center. This Guide features walking tours and a special restaurant list curated by Tony Naccarato-extra thanks to O'Donnell & Naccarato for helping us bring this awesome guide to fruition. Jacobs FREE Coffee Every Day Presented by Jacobs Global Building Systems Wednesday, May 18 - Saturday, May 21 6am - 3pm Sincerely, Loewen Happy Hour Presented by Loewen Windows Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 5pm- 7pm Discounted drinks, complimentary light fare, and live music 8 SPRING 2016 | context | AIA Philadelphia

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Spring 2016

Editor's Letter
Up Close
Equity: The Intersection of Community Development and Design
Innovation: Tactical Urbanism in Underserved Communities
Practice: The Rowhouse: Reimagined and Relevant
Design Profiles
Index to Advertisers

Context - Spring 2016