• 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.

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not…

Will the Community Sustainability Initiative turn City Council into planners?

This week City Council returns for its fall session and something we’re likely to hear a lot about in the coming…

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.…

Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening…

Spotted: Bike Clouds, Green Zones

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here are two bits of larger bike infrastructure improvements I spotted…

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: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902.…

Project Information Revelation

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information. Walking down 12th Street late last week…

Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude. Once known…

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,…

Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an…

Urban farms still struggle to put down legal roots

Which would you choose for your block: A weed-choked illegal dumping ground or a quasi-legal market farm growing everything from sunflowers…

SPOTTED: Pop-up spaces sprout, tree seats, Wistar reveal, and night owls

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Pop Ups Crop Up Each…

From Above: Independence Square, 1927

In honor of Independence Day we take this opportunity to see this historic view of Independence Hall and what would become…

Frank Gehry's "quiet intervention" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renowned architect Frank Gehry was hired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 to develop a master plan for the…

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