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    • Race + Public Space panelists Ian Smith, Tya Winn, Majeedah Rashid and David Kyu (L to R)

Race + Design: Weaving stories, empathy, and empirical observation to create inclusive spaces

Philadelphia has invested significantly in improving its public spaces for all citizens to enjoy. The benefits of a vibrant public realm and civic commons are clear: spaces to come together, get…

    • Crowds stream toward Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies bringing new anti-terror architecture to Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are going on the defensive. At least when it comes to the architecture of its South Philadelphia ballpark. By this time next year, a hedge of waist-high metal pillars…

    • One of the two reading rooms in The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (photo credit: Tom Crane)

Inside the Society Hill library where 'hidden' Philadelphia lives in 19th-century grandeur

Philadelphia’s popular landmarks tell a story about the city. They serve as a physical embodiment of a familiar history. Independence Hall shows the birth of a nation. The art museum steps…

    • The latest rendering for Toll Bros.' Jewelers Row tower. Credit: Toll Bros.

Architects assail Toll's Jewelers Row tower as it moves towards construction

A third public hearing on the design of Toll Brothers’ much-contested Jewelers Row tower ended on Tuesday with representatives of the developer exiting the room before the Civic Design Review meeting…

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Inspired by Philly's neighborhoods, landscape architect Walter Hood is changing how cities design public spaces

For a non-archaeologist, Walter Hood has a prodigious habit of exhuming history. He shakes the dust off old blueprints. He revives images and recollections embedded in the collective memory of places…

    • 702 Sansom rendering, from NE | January 2018

Jewelers' Row tower needs more work, city board says

The Toll Brothers proposal for a 24-story condo tower in the midst of Jewelers’ Row received a mixed-review at the city’s Civic Design Review (CDR) board on Tuesday. The architects, developers,…

    • An architectural detail from PAFA, designed by Frank Furness.

Visit these 5 Gilded Age landmarks before it’s too late

Philadelphia inspired some of the Gilded Age's most influential architectural treasures.  Many of the city's iconic buildings rose in the 19th century, commissioned by the era's wealthy class of increasingly powerful…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

City commits $40 million to repairing rowhomes

The city is launching this summer a new low-interest loan program that provides homeowners as much as $25,000 to fix up their aging homes, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. The…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

December 19: Women-led urbanism | Ghosts of train crashes | Car vending machine

Imagine women-led urbanism in practice and syllabus, urges Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, contributing to Next City. Johnston-Zimmerman points out the maleness of seminal urban texts, the planning and architecture profession, and the contemporary…

    • Black Lives Matter sign posted on the front of Calvary United

How diversity saved a historic church in West Philly

Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are studded with hundreds of historic churches. But as attendance steadily declines, many of these religious buildings have fallen into disrepair. Some have been forced to become something else…

    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

GOP corporate tax cut bill include cuts to preservation tax credits, threatening historic reuse projects in Philly

Buried within the tax reform legislation working its way through Congress is an amendment that would preserve but diminish the value of the federal historic tax credit program, arguably the most…

    • Paschall Library | Studio Gang
Eyes on the Street

Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • 1810 Liacouras Walk proposed addition, March 2017

Temple wants a skyway over Liacouras Walk, Architectural Committee does not

Temple University’s continuous expansion is butting up against one of Philadelphia’s historic districts. At Tuesday’s Architectural Committee meeting, the university unveiled its plans for expanding the Fox Business School and, in…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030

In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it’s leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a…

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Eyes on the Street

See your #PHLandmarks

In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you? This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your…

    • 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.…

    • Former Rohm & Haas building, 6th and Market streets.

Historic nomination of Rohm & Haas Building takes layered approach

On Friday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s designation committee will consider an extraordinary nomination for the Rohm & Haas Building on Independence Mall. It is a three-part nomination, “like a Russian nesting…

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Eyes on the Street

What's your local landmark?

In a city of half a million buildings, what’s your local landmark? We all have places that matter to us. This month, PlanPhilly wants to hear about your favorite buildings in…

    • Perry World House, from Locust Walk, June 2016
Eyes on the Street

History grafted into contemporary design at Penn’s new Perry World House

These days Penn’s campus is being remade in a new era of major construction projects, each with robust enough budgets to match the university’s high design aspirations. There are show stopping,…

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