• 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.

Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is…

Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor

Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in…

St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs

In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius…

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest…

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become…

Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of…

Spotted: New street furniture on 'King of Jeans' pedestrian plaza

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what caught our attention this week: Back in April, Taylor…

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of…

LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into…

Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects…

Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the…

Speak Easy: Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure

Streets are shared spaces, but often they’re contested spaces too. Cyclists jockey with buses next to pedestrians tangoing with motorists. What…

Beginner's Guide to Philadelphia's Public Pools

Philly has more free, outdoor public pools than any city in the country and lucky for us pool season kicks off…

Lord Norman Foster on urban infrastructure, technology, and design

Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster delivered his version of design theater-in-the-round at the rotunda auditorium in Penn’s Anthropology Museum on…

Spotted: Skateable Sculptures in Paine's Park

Sol LeWitt’s sculptures Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia) did not tumbled downhill from the Philadelphia Museum of Art into Paine’s Park.…

The Woodlands charts new course built on old assets, broad appeal

That historic site is so relevant, said hardly anyone ever. But that’s just what The Woodlands has become. The more…

Mayor 99: Steal these six ideas from Diaz

If Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants to support smarter development and stronger transit, here are six ideas he could poach…

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair…

How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:

That sound you heard from City Hall Thursday was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though…

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