Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

What Belongs in a City?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Megawords is hosting What Belongs in a City?,  an exciting and provocative panel discussion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Led by Diana Lind, editor in chief of Next American City magazine, panelists will address questions of how we can improve our cities and make them thriving, cultural centers in which people want to live. The discussion will center around the built environment as well as ongoing changes and possible improvements to the economy and society.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room (located in the Perelman building, across from main building)
FREE – Tickets required! Get them here:

Click more to read about our invited panelists!



Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Whenever Wednesday, May 18, 8pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Here is a map for directions:

Take in a screening of films by Megawords’ international network of filmmakers, featuring work from the Maysles Brothers, Adams & Itso, Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, and the Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives collection.

Wermke and Leinkauf’s short films are thought provoking documentations of their interactions with cities and architecture. Through their unusual and daring performances, they confront our preconceptions of public and private space, and how we approach the concrete and mental layout of the city each day.

In a similar subtly provocative manner, Adams and Itso’s work documents the illegal construction and habitation of a small dwelling inside the Copehagen central train station. The film is a fascinating look into the imaginative use of overlooked space within an the walls of Denmark’s busiest train station.

The Maysles brothers need no introduction, and we are happy to show a 30 minute reel of select clips from various films created by the fraternal duo including Salesman, Gimme Shelter, early footage from Russia, footage of Christo and more. A great introduction to the Maysles oeuvre for the newcomer, and a pleasant reminder of the breadth of the brothers talent for familiar fans.

We discovered “Graffiti” in the Temple University Urban Archives. The short made for TV documentary  was created in 1976 by WPVI, a local broadcasting station in Philadelphia. It documents citizens initial reactions to the explosion of graffiti in the city, and raises questions about artistic expression in public space. Learn more about the Urban Archives here:


Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

In Philadelphia, solar powered, compacting garbage cans that one has to touch to open? Embarrassing to say the least….

Drainage Ditch/Teen Hangout

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Don’t forget to have a secret place to hang out!!!!

70′s Graffiti retraced

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Many wall writers from the 70′s still find time to sign their childhood nicknames on the walls of Philadelphia, here, JS (johnski) has retraced some classic gang signatures and signed his name at the bottom of the wall over 35 years after his heyday.

Peter Zumthor

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Lansdowne Skatepark-Baltimore,Md

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Dead space

Thursday, March 25th, 2010