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    • Penn Medicine new patient pavilion - from 34th St, Foster + Partners, HDR | CDR Nov 2016

St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

    • Lincoln Square: Lincoln Walk and Broad Street Plaza | BLTArchitects, Nov. 2016 CDR presentation

Design Committee supports Lincoln Square, new Aramark, Lancaster Mews developments

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting pushed the total count of projects covered this year to 41, a record for the still young process—and a testament to the acceleration of…

    • 21st Century Rowhouse - Brewerytown: Flexible House - by Uk Jung
Eyes on the Street

What should a 21st century Philly rowhouse be? Emerging designers answer

Last Thursday PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group presented our take on this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme – Home – with an event focused on Philly’s most common house type, the rowhouse.…

    • Illustration of 'Diligence' by Ben Volta, in remodeled main room of the Tacony Library

'Diligence' coming to Tacony Library as part of 21st Century Libraries Initiative

Five Philadelphia libraries are being overhauled thanks to a $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, and one bit of icing on the 21st Century Libraries Initiative cake is a…

    • Best Overall: Winner - Neighborhood Potters (after) | courtesy of Community Design Collaborative
Eyes on the Street

2016 Storefront Design Challenge honors

When a business owner invests in new awnings or distinctive signage, fresh paint or new lighting, she’s telegraphing community pride, expressing her business’ identity, and offering a vote of confidence in…

    • PHA Headquarters: North Plaza perspective | BLTa, CDR presentation, Sept. 2016

Design Committee asks PHA to improve design for new headquarters but supports Cobbs Creek, East Market, and Winchester Park projects

The controversies surrounding the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) ambitious plans for the Sharswood neighborhood repeatedly interrupted Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review Committee review of the agency’s plans to build itself a…

    • 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,…

    • 1722 Pine Street
Eyes on the Street

Radical retrofit on Pine Street aims to blend passive house with preservation

The four-story brick rowhouse at 1722 Pine Street sits mid-block on the south side of Pine. It shares a cornice line with its neighbors and dates from the mid-19th century. Long…

    • Maplewood Mall | Matt Wysong, PCPC

Art Commission greenlights redesign for Maplewood Mall, suggests rework of Holocaust memorial changes

Despite some lingering questions, the Philadelphia Art Commission on Wednesday greenlighted plans to redesign Germantown’s Maplewood Mall, expressing enthusiasm for the community-approved concept, which echoes the location’s 19th century roots as…

    • President's House
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: President's House

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Hopkinson House
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: Hopkinson House

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • 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…

    • Bus stop on a roof, closer still

What’s this SEPTA bus stop doing on the roof of 1529 Walnut?

There is a bus stop on top of a building in Center City. Specifically, there is a bus stop for SEPTA Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, and 42 on top of…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Unimpressed but unempowered, design committee gets a final look at Broad & Washington project

It took Bart Blatstein less than two minutes to describe the changes he made to his proposed mixed-use megaproject at Broad & Washington since his first presentation left the Civic Design…

    • 13th & Carpenter | Cope Linder

Blatstein's revised designs for Broad & Washington project

Developer Bart Blatstein has submitted new renderings of his proposed mixed-use apartment tower and rooftop village at Broad & Washington Avenue to the Civic Design Review Committee, which will see the…

    • MaST II Community Charter School perspective rendering | Ewing Cole

Mixed reviews from design committee for charter school, residential projects

Blackstone Development’s proposal for a 76-unit apartment complex on a formerly industrial vacant lot in South Kensington hit a roadblock yesterday, when the Civic Design Review (CDR) Committee asked the developers…

    • 900-934 Callowhill Street | T.C. Lei & Associates

Design committee asks developers to rework proposal for 9th and Callowhill

The Civic Design Review Committee has asked the developers of a proposed mixed-use apartment project on the mostly-vacant 900 block of Callowhill Street to take another look at their plans and…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.

January 7: Philly UberBlack drivers file misclassification suit | Frontier adds 10 new cities | Transit Explorer

Philly UberBlack drivers filed suit against Uber in Common Pleas court, reports Jane Von Bergen. The suit claims drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, and due to the introduction of the…

    • Unofficial SEPTA Frequent Service Map by Thomson Kao

What if SEPTA had a better bus map? A rider tried making one.

SEPTA’s bus maps leave something to be desired. A few somethings, really. First, good luck finding them. They are on the buses themselves, but that’s usually a little bit too late…

    • 19th + Chestnut | Cecil Baker + Partners

Pearl presents new plans for 32-story tower at Boyd Theatre site

Pearl Properties has revised its plans for redeveloping the site of the Boyd Theatre, which was demolished this year after a long preservation battle. The developers’ original design—which was panned in…

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