Lake House / Joseph N. Biondo

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Architect: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: Lake Winola, Pennsylvania,
Photographs: Courtesy of Joseph N. Biondo

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty Branch Addition and Renovation / EDGE Studio

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Architect: EDGE Studio
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Project Team: Anne Chen AIA AP, Jonathan Eggert AIA, Amanda Markovic, Stephen Mrdjenovich, Matthew Manzo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

In Progress: Gateway Center Station / EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates
Location: , Pennsylvania
EDGE Studio Design Team: Gary Carlough AIA, Jonathan Golli, Matt Fineout AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Pfaffmann & Associates Design Team: Rob Pfaffmann AIA, Carl Bergamini RA, Erik Hokanson
Completion Date: 2011
Photography: Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates

August Wilson Center for African American Culture / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: , Pennsylvania
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Civil Engineer: ATS Chester Engineers
Lighting: Studio i
Acoustics: ArupAcoustics
Project Area: 64,500 gsf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Steinkamp Photography, VEKA Marketing, Joshua Franzos Photography

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation / EDGE Studio, Nbbj

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Nbbj
Location: Pittsburgh,
Project Team EDGE Studio: Gary Carlough AIA, Jeff King AIA, Mick McNutt AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Project Team : Doug Parris AIA, A.J. Montero AIA, Kathy Kelly AIA
Project Area: 22,000sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

Comcast Center Plaza / OLIN


This impressive, -certified, fifty-six-story office tower is ’s newest and tallest. The Comcast Center’s stateliness and elegance are carried through to OLIN’s plaza at its base. However, the plaza is more than merely a suitable platform for the building—it is a vibrant, well-used, civic space, wholly connected to the city. It serves as a new destination for residents and workers, and as a principal entry to the regional rail lines, markets, and food court located beneath the site. The plaza elements are conceived as a series of vertical and horizontal layers.

Landscape Architect: OLIN
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Project Team: Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, Yue Li
Consultants: Atelier Ten, Ballinger, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jonathan Borofsky, Kendall/Heaton Associates,
L.F. Driscoll Company, Lynch & Associates Ltd., Nancy Rosen, Parker Interior Plantscape, Paul H. Yeomans, Pennoni Associates, Quentin Thomas Associates, Thornton Tomasetti Group, Two Twelve Associates, WET Design
Project Area: 2 acres
Year: 2008
Photographs: OLIN

Radian Apartments / Erdy McHenry Architecture

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Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: The Harman Group
Mechanical Engineer: PHY Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: Intech Construction
Project Area: 170,000sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Kubilus, Roger Swingle, Tommy Holt

Three PNC Plaza / Gensler

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Architect: Gensler
Location, ,
Structural Engineer: Astorino
Sustainability Consultant: Paladino & Company
Contractor: P.J. Dick
Project Area: 750,000sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gensler

PatchWork, Living City Design Competition / OLIN


The OLIN team’s award-winning submission to the Living City Design Competition responded to ambitious standards of sustainable development within the historically rich yet socially and ecologically underserved neighborhoods of Brewerytown and North Central in . Working closely with architects and urban planners Digsau and Interface Studio, explored how sustainable design can be implemented within an existing urban framework by utilizing local resources, community engagement, and respect for the vernacular culture and architecture.

Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler


The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., currently the sixth largest bank in the United States, is a leader in green design, currently possessing over 100 green buildings. PNC was an early adopter of sustainable design, opening its first green building in 2000. PNC and Gensler have recently announced plans to design and construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, . More information and images after the break.

Gotham City’s Architecture Portrayed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Director Christopher Nolan is preparing to shoot his third and final Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which promises to bring the events of its blockbuster predecessors full circle. The filmmaker will experience new ground with the conclusion to his trilogy by shooting a portion of the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Shooting locations for Nolan’s Batman installments are shot all over the world, in places such as, India, Iceland, Romania, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, , Chicago, and now Pittsburgh. Each location offers unique elements of architecture to create the look and feel of Gotham City and Batman’s world. More information after the break.

Fallingwater Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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Voted the most important building of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, ’s Fallingwater this month celebrates its 75th anniversary. This residential mountain retreat masterpiece by Wright was designed in 1935 for legendary department store owner Edgar Kaufmann Sr. and his family. Drawing crowds of 160,000 visitors a year to Western Pennsylvania’s picturesque Laurel Highlands, Fallingwater redefined the relationship between man, architecture, and nature with Wright’s integrated design of the existing waterfall and the house itself.  Commemorating the anniversary, Rizzoli has published a 382 page book entitled Fallingwater complete with specially commissioned photography just for this book.

Erie Art Museum / EDGE Studio

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Architects: EDGE Studio
Location: , PA, USA
Design Team: Anne Chen, AIA LEED AP Matt Fineout, AIA Jonathan Golli, Stephen Mrdjenovich, Matthew Manzo
Project area: 57,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: David Joseph

Slipstream Pavilion / David A. Palmieri & Kyle M. Schillaci

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Architects: David A. Palmieri &
Location: , USA
Project team: Dan Boghean, Kate Kreisher, Eric Kaing , Tim Vassallo , Colette Aboussouan, Tim Annin , Luong Fletcher, Berrin Terim, Nathaniel Peters, Erica van Rabenswaay
Professor in Charge: David Celento
Project year: 2011
Photographs: David A. Palmieri

Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House / Rafael Viñoly Architects

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The Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects is the latest project in the ongoing partnership between PENN Medicine and Rafael Vinoly Architects. Today officially marks the completion of the transplant house, which is named after the physician who performed the first kidney transplant at the University of in 1966. The building will offer comfortable, convenient accommodations in a supportive community setting and at a nominal cost.

Architects: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Renderings: Courtesy of RVA
Photographs: Ty Cole

The Granary / Interface Studio Architects


A conceptual proposal for the retrofit of an old grain silo in Center City , Interface Studio Architects aims to integrate an existing, vacant structure into an urban, mixed-use project. Additionally, it raises interesting questions about old building reuse and innovative tactics for sustainability. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The University of Pennsylvania Music Building / Ann Beha Architects

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Ann Beha Architects designed the award-winning Music Building at the University of . The project consolidates distributed academic resources; revitalizes a prominent 19th century landmark; provides new community spaces for faculty and students, and serves as a model for the compatibility of historic and contemporary design expression. As the campus’ first building, this project demonstrates that preservation, new design, and program can together produce a sustainable result.

Architect: Ann Beha Architects
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Project Area: 11,200 sqf New Construction, 13,800 sf Renovation
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Lamb Photography

American Street Houses I / Materiality Office

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Architects: Materiality Office
Location: , , USA
Project team: Douglas Culbert
Paint colors & mural: Dorian La Padura
Project area: 11,928 sqf
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Greg Benson Photography