• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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With Dilworth and Love Park remade for leisure, Paine Plaza redo is a chance to save a space for protest

Thomas Paine Plaza, the public space outside the Municipal Services Building, is so unremarkable that you’d be forgiven for not knowing…

In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds…

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the…

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…

Walking Market Street with Jan Gehl

Cities should be for everyone. Cities should make people healthy and happy. Cities should be designed to respond to human nature…

SPOTTED: LOVE, across the street

Construction is beginning at JFK Plaza/LOVE Park, but that doesn’t mean the public can’t appreciate the park’s beloved namesake sculpture. Last…

City Hall surroundings need a guiding design vision

“Once you get renewal started it spreads out like a fan and benefits much greater sections of the city…” Those words,…

Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down…

Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas…

Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable…

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk preview

The new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk isn’t fancy, but it’s the sort of urban gesture that changes your view of a city.…

Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic

Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container. We’re hopelessly into these…

Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park,…

Volunteer: Help Schuylkill Banks clean up flood damage

During last week’s rains the Schuylkill River saw intense flooding, washing out flood-prone neighborhoods and submerging the Schuylkill River Trail and…

Fitler Square refreshed

“They’re back and they’re beautiful,” said Cecil Smith, enjoying his first spring morning in Fitler Square, sitting on one of the…

Hardship hearing for Boyd Theatre next week, consultants say reuse requires subsidy

Is there a financial hardship that prevents the reuse of the Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia’s last movie palace? That's the question that…

Foster + Partners, Comcast, Liberty Property Trust adding new tower to Philly skyline

Comcast is adding to Philly’s skyline once again. Today Comcast and Liberty Property Trust announced they will develop a major new…

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…

Happy 2014 from the middle of Broad Street

Happy New Year to all! Here's the view from the middle of Broad Street yesterday as string bands like Hegeman performed,…

Take Center City District's annual survey

It's time once again to let Center City District know just what you think of their work to make Philadelphia's core…

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