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    • Rendering of the Destination Frankford Gallery, opening April 19, and the park next door, to be completed next year.

Using art, creativity - and free food and music - to make Frankford a destination

A vacant Frankford storefront will this weekend become a pop-up gallery. Its first exhibit - art created from trash and other discarded items - is metaphoric for the ongoing adaptive reuse…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

New Comcast tower cleared for takeoff

Comcast executives were in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday seeking approval for a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable that would make the country’s biggest cable provider even bigger. Meanwhile, representatives of…

    • TEDxPhiladelphia 2011 | Kevin Monko
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TEDxPhiladelphia 2014: Our tour, free tickets, and beyond

PlanPhilly is a proud partner of TEDxPhiladelphia 2014. This year's theme - the New Workshop of the World - is something we think about often as we write about ways Philly…

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Points of LEVERAGE: How Community Design Collaborative and Office of Housing and Community Development work together

Design as process. Design as product. They’re equally important and both will be in the spotlight this evening at LEVERAGE, a benefit for the Community Design Collaborative at the University…

    • SCHUYLKILL AVENUE  PHASE 1  THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA

CHOP presents Schuylkill River research/office tower to PCPC

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday gave the city planning commission a first look at its plans for a research and office facility at 700 Schuylkill Ave. That's the east side…

    • Bricklayers in protest at Museum of the American Revolution
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Where a brick is more than a brick

The old Independence Visitor Center will soon be demolished to clear the southeast corner of 3rd and Chestnut to make way for the new Museum of the American Revolution. The prospect…

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Art Commission brings thorough review to handful of important built environment projects

The Philadelphia Art Commission heard details about significant ongoing built environment projects across a broad spectrum of subjects Wednesday including health care, nature and sustainability, safety and technology in public space,…

    • Lighting and art concept for underpass portion of the Spring Garden Connector project

Design unveiled for Spring Garden Connector

The well-used, but poorly lit space beneath the Spring Garden Street overpass – site of both a busy Market-Frankford El stop and bus stop – would become bright, colorful and floral…

    • The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller | photo by Ed Dittenhoefer, Ithaca Times (2012)
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April 4: FringeArts presents 'The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller'

If the futures of the past, experimental design, and indie rock legends excite you, then we’ve got an evening for you. For First Friday April 4 FringeArts will present The Love…

    • Team Auto Civitas: The Auto Civitas team: Ida Qu (left) and Zhen Qin

Q-n-A with some Bacon student competition winners

Competitors in the Bacon Award's student design competition examined how autonomous cars would shape the future of a city or regional site. Their presentations had to address six areas of potential…

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Artsy bike racks coming to Center City in summer

Imagine locking your bike to a cloud, or parking it amid huge blades of grass. That might be possible when new artist-designed bike racks hit the streets this summer. Last year…

    • a sea of emergency responders filled 22nd street as seen from the jfk blvd bridge original

PlanPhilly Year in Review: 2013

The next 10 days will bring you PlanPhilly's Year in Review as it pertains to the the built environment in Philadelphia. As we did last year, we will head to the…

    • 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…

    • School District advertising

Council Committee approves advertising on school property

City Council’s Committee on Rules approved a bill Tuesday morning that would allow advertisements to be placed on public school property. The bill, which was sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and…

    • Laurie Olin
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Laurie Olin oral history

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has been working up a series of oral histories for a project they call the Pioneers of American Landscape Design. The 10th and latest one is…

    • Decorating Laurel Hill

Get "charmed" by Fairmount Park gems

Each year, groups of hardy volunteers make sure the Charms of Fairmount Park are decked out in seasonal swag for two festive weeks. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs…

    • Photo Process Screen Manufacturing Co - during sign repainting, November 2013
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Vital Signs: Fresh paint for businesses with "ghost signs"

“Ghost signs” are all over this city's walls, advertising businesses of yesteryear in vanishing paint. But some of the same businesses behind those weathered signs are hardly faded. You just wouldn’t…

    • overbrook

Look Up! A Spanish mission for education in Overbrook

The Overbrook School for the Blind is a grand example of the Spanish Renaissance style adopted for a campus.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

    • Max Levy Autography Company building

'Gray Area' discussion series moves on from Germantown

Germantown residents completed an academic exercise on Wednesday night that may have some practical and fascinating implementations for the many historic buildings in their community. Could an old industrial complex be…

    • Copperwood Estate

Conservative institute withdraws variance application for Copperwood estate

Plans by a conservative nonprofit to transform one of Chestnut Hill's most esteemed mansions into a school and student residence have been withdrawn because of neighbors' objections. The John Jay Institute,…

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