We are a volunteer organization of more 1,600 (LINK to Become a Member page) from a broad spectrum of disciplines who share an interest in Philadelphia’s design, development and planning.
DAG hosts free monthly meetings that are open to the public, featuring presentations, information sharing and robust discussion on topics related to the urban environment. (LINK to events page)
DAG also takes positions on select matters, reaching out to government, decision makers and media and using its own communications channels. The Steering Committee deliberates and approves DAG’s advocacy positions. Four standing task forces on critical, perennial issues – Complete Streets and Transportation, Design Equity, Historic Preservation and the Waterfronts – help inform those positions.
DAG's ultimate and overarching goal is to create a culture – shared by all Philadelphia residents, neighborhood groups, city agencies, business interests and the development community – that accepts nothing less than excellence in design and planning throughout every neighborhood.
DAG is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, a charitable 501(c)(3) trust supporting diverse cultural practices in the Philadelphia region.
In late 2001, a group of six Philadelphia architects, planners and design junkies sat down to a brown-bag lunch to share their worries about the future of the physical city. (LINK to PDF)
In the years since, Philadelphia has experienced boom-and-bust real estate cycles and enacted significant planning and zoning reforms. Now, as the city faces unprecedented development pressure, DAG’s mission is more important than ever.