• 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.

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…

Toward a safe and thriving city

The next mayoral administration will inherit a revamped and strengthened planning and development environment, but architect and Design Advocacy Group Chair…

Streetviews: Q&A with LISC's Andy Frishkoff

For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a…

Who will weather extreme weather?

From tidal floods to heat waves, extreme weather is in Philly’s long-term forecast. How can the city be better prepared, responsive,…

This election, let's take care of business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Philadelphia's economic ecosystem. They account for 54% of local jobs and support healthy commercial corridors. …

Philadelphia policy makers must boost affordable home investments and strategies

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed, HACE's Maria Gonzalez argues that by answering the need for decent affordable housing the city's…

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,…

Homegrown Middle Class: How to design a milestone

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer,…

Streetviews: Q&A with Francisville NDC's Penelope Giles

When Penelope Giles grew up in Francisville it was a bustling, middle-class neighborhood. Since she moved home to Francisville 15 years…

Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get…

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane…

For safer more complete streets, increase Streets Department budget

More than 30% of Philadelphia's streets are overdue for resurfacing but the Streets Department simply doesn't have the paving budget to…

Streetviews: Q&A with Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea,…

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise…

Funding Common Ground: Parks, programming and unfulfilled potential

Philadelphia has amazing park and recreation resources, yet the city consistently under-commits funds to maintain and plan for improving these assets.…

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