Friday Five – Design Philly, Staircases, Urban ‘Scapes, Bicycle Lane Opposition, and Parks on Tap


Welcome to the newest edition of the Friday Five! Here’s what we’ve been reading and thinking about this week:

**Each week, from now until #DesignPhilly 2016 kicks off on October 6th, we’ll  tell you which event we’re looking forward to the most.**

Design Matters: At Home in a Rowhouse:


Image: Design Matters

They’ll be discussing what makes a rowhome in Philly a rowhome. And how or if the rowhome design standards should change for the 21st century. When? 10/13 from 5:30-8:30pm, @ WHYY, FREE

Stair of the Week: A DIY Spiral Plywood Stunner:

plywood staircase

Image: Ben Uyeda

Aside from a steel pole in the middle, this wonky (and slightly unsafe at the moment – no handrails..?!) spiral staircase is made entirely out of CNC’ed plywood. Fun fact: It takes about two hours per step to construct. Yikes!

15 Modern Street Furniture Designs


Image: WebUrbanist

From urban hammock setups, meeting bowls (we want one of those!), furniture kiosks, parklets, and more, these urban ‘scapes are ones we’d approve in any city.

When Cyclists Oppose Bike Lanes


Image: Francisco Seco

Would you be arguing if your city proposed more segregated bike lanes (versus bike lanes merged with traffic)? The cyclists of Madrid have pleaded their case, citing increased risk of accidents at intersections. Cycling has been growing steadily across the pond to the tune of 15-20% annually, but proportional use is still low (110,000 daily riders in Madrid). Fun fact: People opposed the creation of the first segregated bike lane. When? 1934 in London!

Parks On Tap + FDR Music Jam


Image: Courtesy FDR Music Jam and Parks on Tap

If you haven’t made it to Parks on Top yet this summer, this weekend is a perfect time to start. They’ll be frequenting FDR Park and complementing the Music Jam that’s going on there. It goes through Labor Day. RSVP/More Info here.

From the Postgreen family, we hope you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

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