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    • USciences residence hall courtyard facing woodland | August 2016 CDR | Design Collective

Woods Square and new buildings at Penn and USciences pass design review

August doldrums didn’t stop the Civic Design Review (CDR) board from grilling a return applicant on Tuesday. Although only four of seven members were in attendance — chair Nancy Rogo Trainer,…

    • Ridge Flats, rendering looking north | May 2016

Ridge Flats gets okay from Civic Design Review

In offering two pages of detailed commentary, they did not go easily into that good night. Still, the Civic Design Review Board (CDR) eased the way for Ridge Flats, a mixed-use…

    • Rendering of Cambria Hotel at ground level | DAS Architects

Civic Design Review approves two South Broad projects

In a speedy meeting on Tuesday afternoon, members of the Civic Design Review Board heard presentations on two medium-sized projects — a boutique hotel and an apartment building — that promise to…

    • Confucius Plaza bridging Vine Street Expressway

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation at 50

There’s a vacant cultural center — but it faces a lively parklet. There’s plenty of dim sum — yet it’s possible to enjoy craft cocktails at a not-so-hidden location that’s been…

    • Philadelphia Art Commission

Art Commission gives nod to Pier 53, Rodin Square

The Philadelphia Art Commission advanced three projects by granting them final approval at its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday. First, the Commission reviewed revised renderings, based on notes…

    • PHS Pop Up Garden - Broad Street

Reflecting on how public space is shaping up

Whether covering the Historical, Parks & Recreation, or Arts commissions, or simply noodling around town and noticing trends, what most continues to interest me are issues surrounding the public realm. The…

    • Historical Commission Dec. 2013

Historical Commission breezes through final 2014 meeting

As an early Christmas present to everyone involved, the Philadelphia Historical Commission held an impressively brief (15 minutes!) December meeting on Friday. That's not to suggest that the two cases under…

    • Proposed changes at 8th and Filbert

Art Commission oks parking structure renovation, Frazier statue

A smaller group of commissioners than usual gathered for the year's final Philadelphia Art Commission meeting on Wednesday to hear four cases, the most significant of which moves along plans to…

    • Pop-up ice rink at The Piazza

Pop-up "ice" skating rink opens at Piazza

A deejay spinning '80s holiday music, carolers singing more traditional standards, a coterie of food trucks, and even a convincing Santa Claus showed up for Monday night's official unveiling of Skate…

    • Steinberg, Febo-San Miguel, Jiminez, Nowak

Balancing public art and public space with what the public wants

When you go to an event called "Who shapes the city? A conversation about public space and the arts" and it's held in a PAFA gallery upstairs from a major exhibition…

    • 1914 1016 rittenhouse sq original

Blatstein wins Historical Commission approval on mansion renovations

The Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday granted conceptual approval to an application from developer Bart Blatstein to remove parts of a Rittenhouse Square estate (the so-called McIlhenny Mansion) and to build…

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Art Commission gives conceptual nods to Art Museum work, Pier 53 park

In a leisurely meeting that saw a modest proposal for a wetlands park merit almost as much consideration as an ambitious, albeit still pie-in-the-sky, plan for renovations to the Philadelphia Museum…

    • CHAD design for 8th and Berks

Dreaming big for 8th and Berks

Green pathways, senior housing, stormwater management, residential units, and retail — each of the five quickly sketched plans that came out of last Friday's day-long charrette aimed at "reimagining" a desolate…

    • 240-246 Arch Street

Historical Commission denies Old City townhouses

Thanks to the postponement of a complicated application from developer Bart Blatstein that involves the individually-designated McIlhenny mansion, Friday's meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission was short and sweet. The biggest…

    • Mill Creek north elevation

Art Commission approves rec center improvements, Episcopal Tower awnings

In a brief monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission granted final approval to just two projects. In the first application, designers from UCI Architects satisfactorily responded to the Commission's…

    • Rev. Martha Lang, Spector, and Rev. Mark Tyler

Neighbors and parishioners unite against Society Hill development

About sixty neighbors and parishioners came out Tuesday evening to protest a proposed new development on a parking lot that faces the Romanesque Revival Mother Bethel AME Church (1889) in Society…

    • Nancy Goldenberg

In Profile: Nancy Goldenberg of the Parks & Rec Commission

Nancy Goldenberg has led a charmed career, she knows that. From the internships she scored while a student at George Washington University in the late 1970s — first at the National…

    • Historical Commission Sept. 2013

Historical Commission approves Family Court and A.J. Reach designations

In a relatively brief meeting on Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission reviewed just five cases, none of significant public impact. In a short discussion following its regular meeting, the Commission also…

    • rodin square original

Art Commission quashes 9/11 Memorial, OKs Rodin Square

The Philadelphia Art Commission got a crack at the Rodin Square mixed use development currently making the rounds, granting it conceptual approval at its Wednesday meeting. The morning's other big news…

    • Philadelphia Historical Commission

Historical Commission discusses "Public Interest," reviews Society Hill cases

The Philadelphia Historical Commission reviewed several Center City residential projects Friday, including one featuring new construction, and spent a considerable amount of time discussing its own operations. That last segment, which…

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