Philly’s University City to undergo a ground-up rethink by Ayers Saint Gross, ZGF, and OLIN

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

In West Philadelphia, a team of developers, planners, and architects are asking one of urbanists’ favorite questions: How can a mega-development be made to feel like a neighborhood, and not a bland corporate campus plopped in the middle of the city? Lead developers Wexford Science + Technology and the University City Science Center are spearheading the from-scratch transformation of a former superblock into a sort of mini city within a city.

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Here’s Philadelphia’s ambitious plan to build a neighborhood over a railyard on the Schuylkill River

East, News, Urbanism
Monday, December 21, 2015
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SOM is leading the redesign of the area surrounding Philly's 30th Street Station (Courtesy SOM)

SOM is leading the redesign of the area surrounding Philly’s 30th Street Station (Courtesy SOM)

Cap and trade agreements are a standard tool in the climate change fight. Philadelphia, in collaboration with an urban design team led by SOM, is getting in on the game. Read More

Philadelphia’s Bergmann Associates reveal plans for Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza on South Street

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza. (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Philadelphia’s South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is making moves on a new plaza at 23rd Street at South Street. This plaza follows the well-trod path of its predecessors, touting amenities like seating and trees, as well as building South Philly’s neighborhood identity and civic pride.

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Groundbreaking at the hulking Divine Lorraine marks the end of blight at Philly’s towering landmark

Architecture, Development, East, News
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Outside the Lorraine. (Henry Melcher / AN)

Exterior of the Divine Lorraine (Henry Melcher / AN)

Groundbreaking on the Divine Lorraine, Philadelphia’s luxury hotel turned graffiti artist playground, begins this afternoon.

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Eavesdrop> What’s your resign? Hilary Jay steps down at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture

East, Eavesdroplet, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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The Philadelphia Center for Architecture. (Courtesy Google)

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture. (Courtesy Google)

After just under two years at the helm, Philadelphia Center for Architecture director Hilary Jay has stepped down. The Center said in a statement that the departure was “mutual and amicable.”

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For the first time in 43 years, the Vanna Venturi House is for sale!

Architecture, East, Preservation
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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8330 Millman St Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty-Philadelphia)

8330 Millman St, Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty-Philadelphia)

The Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia is for sale. That’s right, the Vanna Venturi House. Robert Venturi’s 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,986-square-foot work of seminal Postmodern architecture can be yours for only $1,750,000. Located in a quiet Philadelphia neighborhood, the house is for sale for the first time in 43 years.

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After long wait, Philadelphia’s bikeshare fleet hits the streets

Philly's new bikeshare system. (Courtesy Facebook.com/rideindego)

Philly’s new bikeshare system. (Courtesy Facebook.com/rideindego)

Philadelphia has become the latest American city to offer a bikeshare system with the introduction of Indego. On Thursday, Mayor Nutter celebrated the long-awaited launch by pedaling around town on one of the system’s first 600 bikes. The program will expand significantly over the next two years.

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AN Video> Tour Philly’s future Reading Viaduct with the designers behind the visionary linear park

The Architect’s Newspaper is introducing a new video series focusing on the places, people, and processes behind news-making projects. We begin with a tour of Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct, an abandoned rail line that advocates hope to transform into an elevated park, a grittier take on Manhattan’s celebrated High Line. With the city and state pledging millions toward the project, the Viaduct park is moving closer to reality. Come along with us for a first look.

On View> Pittsburgh’s Heinz Architectural Center tackles architecture from “Sketch to Structure”

Architecture, East, On View, Review
Monday, February 2, 2015
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Presentation model of Lorcan O'Herlihy's Formosa1140, 2012. (Tom Little)

Presentation model of Lorcan O’Herlihy’s Formosa1140, 2012. (Tom Little)

Sketch to Structure
Heinz Architectural Center
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh
Through May 20, 2015

The concept and visual for Sketch to Structure, an exhibition that has just opened at Pittsburg’s Heinz Architectural Center, is so cogent and well thought out it’s a wonder no other museum hasn’t already staged such a show. The exhibit is curated by Alyssum Skjeie of the Heinz Center and takes the architectural design process and divides it into four discrete sections—concept, collaboration, communication, case studies—each with drawings and renderings taken from the center’s own collection.

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On View> Philadelphia Museum of Art shows off design objects by Vitra

Art, Design, East, On View
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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A plywood toy elephant by Charles and Ray Eames. (Courtesy Vitra)

A plywood toy elephant by Charles and Ray Eames. (Courtesy Vitra)

 

Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, Collab Gallery
2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Through April 26, 2015

In its new exhibition, Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots, the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the history of the famous Swiss furniture company from its early licensing partnership with Herman Miller to new collaborations with world-renowned contemporary designers, such as Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, and Jasper Morrison.

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New Buildings Institute catalogues the nation’s net-zero buildings

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The Vancouver-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) tracks energy efficient built work, and their 2014 update, “Getting to Zero”, provides a snapshot of the emerging U.S. market for net-zero buildings—those are structures that use no more energy than they can gather on site.

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Philadelphia packs its riverfront pop-up park, RiverRink Winterfest, with holiday cheer

Fire pits. (Courtesy Matt Stanley)

Fire pits. (Courtesy Matt Stanley)

Just a few months after Philadelphia’s hugely popular, but temporary, Spruce Street Harbor Park closed up shop, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has opened in its place. The new space, which is open until March 1st, was commissioned by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and designed by the New Jersey–based Groundswell Design Group, the same team behind the Winterfest’s summertime predecessor.

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