April 16-20: Tom Finkelpearl | Homeowner Workshops | Archaeology in Philly | Urban Heat Islands | Lower Schuylkill Master Plan open houses

Tom Finkelpearl on Public Art

Tuesday, April 17, 2:30pm Temple University, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk. Join Tom Finkelpearl to discuss public art, and the role public art projects play in urban planning and a city’s identity. Finkelpearl is director of the Queens Museum of Art, administered New York City’s Percent for Art Program, and is an artist and scholar.

Homeowner Workshop: Flat Roof Repair, Maintenance, and Replacement

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8pm. WES Health Center, 1315 Windrim Avenue. Learn about the best ways to fix, maintain and replace flat roofs, as part of the Preservation Alliance‘s Homeowner’s Workshop Series in Logan this spring. Free, reservations required. To reserve a space email or call Melissa Jest, Neighborhood Preservation Program Coordinator at 215-546-1146 x6.

Building Philadelphia: The Hidden City

Tuesday, April 17, 6-9:30pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics is a 10-part lecture series by local scholars, running every Tuesday from March 6-May 8. This week Rebecca Yamin discusses archaeology in Greater Philadelphia. Individual lectures cost $25, $20 for members, or $15 for students. Register online.

Urban Heat Islands: Is Philly the New Tropics?

Tuesday, April 17, 6-8:30pm. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Is Philadelphia the new tropics? As part of the Academy’s bicentennial Urban Sustainability Forum series, Dr. Laurence S. Kalkstein (University of Miami) and Dr. David J. Sailor (Portland State University) will discuss their research on urban heat islands, how they affect densely populated cities, and the role urban heat islands play in global climate change. Kalkstein and Sailor have been involved with Philadelphia’s heat alert warning system, a model for the country, which has significantly reduced heat-related deaths in the city. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion, along with Katherine Gajewski and Scott Schwarz from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. $5, or free for members and students. Register online.

Homeowner Workshop: Wood Window Maintenance and Repairs

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30pm. Roxborough Development Corporation, 6111 Ridge Avenue. The Preservation Alliance is hosting a hands-on workshop series in Roxborough this April with staff from the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. First up: taking care of historic porches and woodwork. Free, reservations required. To reserve a space email or call Melissa Jest, Neighborhood Preservation Program Coordinator at 215-546-1146 x6.

Lower Schuylkill Master Plan Open Houses

Wednesday April 18, 5:30-7:30. Richard Allen Charter School, 2601 South 58th Street. Thursday April 19, 5:30-7:30. Penn’s South Bank campus, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Building B176, 3rd Floor. The Lower Schuylkill is poised for industrial, recreational, and economic redevelopment. Come hear about PIDC and PCPC’s master planning effort for the Lower Schuylkill’s 3700 acres, and offer your thoughts about the plan and the area’s critical issues.


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