Rowhouse Workshop

Brian Phillips



Philadelphia’s New Bold neighborhood. Photo by Sam Oberter, courtesy of Interface Studio Architects.


Rowhouse chart, courtesy of Interface Studio Architects.


Photo by Sam Oberter, courtesy of Interface Studio Architects.


Photo courtesy of Interface Studio Architects.

Architect and Pew Fellow Brian Phillips will survey the physical and social histories embedded in the row houses of Philadelphia. The effort will provide a new set of stories, data, and reflections aimed at inspiring the public to engage more deeply with the urban fabric of the city. Phillips will undertake an exploration of the major differences and subtle variations within row house design across five Philadelphia neighborhoods and historical timeframes of row house development. A website and an exhibition at Crane Arts will chart Philadelphia row house trends over the last two centuries through a multimedia display that interprets and catalogs the various neighborhoods and homes researched. The exhibition will feature architectural drawings, photographs, and audio recordings organized geographically on a room-sized map of Philadelphia to illustrate trends, anomalies, and commonalities among blocks and houses. Audiences will be encouraged to manipulate the various exhibition components, including physical models of Phillips' researched houses, to inspire future thinking about the trajectory of the row house and urban design.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.