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Theaster Gates Wins 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Award

16:00 - 13 January, 2017
Theaster Gates Wins 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Award, The Rebuild Foundation's Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC); Chicago / Landon Bone Baker Architects. Image © Barry Rustin
The Rebuild Foundation's Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC); Chicago / Landon Bone Baker Architects. Image © Barry Rustin

The Center for Architecture and Design has announced Theaster Gates as the 2017 recipient of its Edmund N. Bacon Award, which honors one individual who has advocated for excellence in urban development, planning, thought, and design.

A Chicago-based artist and community developer, Gates is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of urban life by planning and designing active and engaged communities. “Under Gates’ leadership, the Rebuild Foundation currently manages projects in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago. Program sites include the Stony Island Arts Bank, the Black Cinema House, the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Archive House, and Listening House.”

Powerhouse / ISA

13:00 - 24 December, 2016
Powerhouse / ISA, © Sam Oberter
© Sam Oberter

© Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    6500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

El Chalet / ISA

11:00 - 19 December, 2016
El Chalet / ISA, © Sam Oberter
© Sam Oberter

© Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter © Sam Oberter +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    6500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

1200 Intrepid / Bjarke Ingels Group

09:00 - 10 November, 2016
© Rasmus Hjortshoj
© Rasmus Hjortshoj

© Rasmus Hjortshoj Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group © Rasmus Hjortshoj Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    4747 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19112, United States
  • Partners In Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk
  • Project Leaders

    ören Grünert (Concept), David Brown (Schematic & DD), Brandon Cook (CD), Michelle Stromsta (CA)
  • Team

    Annette Miller, Aran Coakley, Armen Menendian, Douglass Alligood, Natalie Kwee, Peter Lee, Taylor Hewett, Terry Lallak, Thomas Fagan, Thea Sofie Gassenholm
  • Area

    9250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Rasmus Hjortshoj, Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Pennovation Center / Hollwich Kushner + KSS Architects

11:00 - 7 November, 2016
Pennovation Center / Hollwich Kushner + KSS Architects, © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

© Michael Moran               © Michael Moran               © Michael Moran               © Michael Moran               +21

BIG's First Office Building Design Opens at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

14:00 - 2 November, 2016
BIG's First Office Building Design Opens at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, © Rasmus Hjortshoj
© Rasmus Hjortshoj

BIG has completed their second building on U.S. soil, a 92,000-square-foot office building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that also marks the firm’s first realized office building design. Located within the revitalized Philadelphia Navy Yard master plan (designed by Robert Stern), the four-story building features a bowing, double-curved facade and a supersized “periscope” inspired by the historic battleships docked a few blocks away.

© Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj © Rasmus Hjortshoj +11

SOM Reveals Plans for New Urban District Around Philadelphia's 30th Street Station

16:05 - 18 July, 2016
SOM Reveals Plans for New Urban District Around Philadelphia's 30th Street Station , 30th Street Station anchors a new city district with up to 18 million square feet of development. Image © SOM
30th Street Station anchors a new city district with up to 18 million square feet of development. Image © SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released plans for a new mixed-use urban district for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct. In response to projections showing significant increases in transit activity in the coming decades, the project calls for a transformation of the existing Beaux Arts train station and surrounding neighborhood of University City. The design will improve transportation throughout the city, and will activate the area with new shops, restaurants and public plazas.

30th Street Station represents a new chapter in the story of transit-oriented development in Philadelphia. Image © SOM  Aerial view from Powelton Village. Image © OLIN Station Plaza view from the west. Image © OLIN A new underground concourse, capped by a dramatic skylight, connects the subway and 30th Street Station. Image © SOM +11

Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective

16:15 - 1 July, 2016
Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective, © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA
© Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA

Currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has created Colorscape, a installation made from steel and brightly-colored fiber, to accompany his first solo show in the United States. The exhibition is titled The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building with Community, and features of a retrospective of the architect’s career that includes material artifacts, tools and scale-models created for stand-out projects in both Africa and Europe.

© Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA +23

Snøhetta's Library for Temple University Begins Construction

12:00 - 10 June, 2016
Snøhetta's Library for Temple University Begins Construction, Courtesy of Snøhetta / Methanoia
Courtesy of Snøhetta / Methanoia

Temple University’s new library designed by Snøhetta, in collaboration with Stantec, is now under construction after a groundbreaking ceremony in April. The 21,000 square meter (225,000 square foot) building is adjacent to what will become a future campus quadrangle that is currently occupied by other buildings slated for demolition. The library sits at the intersection of two major pedestrian pathways, Polett Walk and Liacouras Walk, attesting to the University’s hope that the facility will be a new social and academic heart for 37,800 students.

Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta Courtesy of MIR & Snøhetta +12

Bjarke Ingels Honored with 2016 Louis Kahn Memorial Award

12:00 - 18 May, 2016
Bjarke Ingels Honored with 2016 Louis Kahn Memorial Award, 1200 Intrepid, Philadelphia Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
1200 Intrepid, Philadelphia Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels is the recipient of the 2016 Louis Kahn Memorial Award, an annual prize established in 1983 to recognize "excellence in architecture" in honor of one of Philadelphia’s most influential architects. Ingels was honored at a ceremony on May 9th, hosted by the Center for Architecture and Design, where he delivered the annual talk that accompanies the award.

Speaking on the subject of Louis Kahn, who died the same year Ingels was born, in 1974, he remarked, “I wouldn't say that my work is linear of Louis' but I think that he rediscovered symbolism and designed super-functional architecture that's been lost and has been re-created by pragmatism." This fits into Ingels' own views on his practice, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he described as “pragmatic utopianism,” asserting a belief that architecture is “the art and science of turning fiction into fact.”

AIA Convention 2016

10:40 - 7 April, 2016
AIA Convention 2016, AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year. Imagine what can happen!
AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year. Imagine what can happen!

AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year.

A provocative lineup of celebrity speakers. An awe-inspiring array of tours, parties, exhibitors, seminars, and more. All happening in a legendary American city known for attitude, passion and perspective.

SHoP and West 8 to Masterplan Philadelphia’s “Schuylkill Yards”

14:00 - 11 March, 2016
SHoP and West 8 to Masterplan Philadelphia’s “Schuylkill Yards”, Schuylkill Yards - proposed. Image © SHoP and West 8
Schuylkill Yards - proposed. Image © SHoP and West 8

Working with Drexel University and master developer Brandywine Realty Trust, SHoP and West 8 will transform 14-acres of existing underutilized land with 6.5-acres of public open space to create a collaborative mixed-use neighborhood in Philadelphia’s University City submarket. Schuylkill Yards will feature a mix of 24/7 entrepreneurial spaces, educational facilities and research laboratories, corporate offices, residential and retail spaces, hospitality and cultural venues, as well as a robust public realm network that connects the existing neighborhoods with the adjacent Amtrak 30th Street Station.

Situated next to the third-busiest passenger rail station in the country, Schuylkill Yards will be connected to Philadelphia’s international airport and major cities along the Northeast corridor, making it a major innovation hub on the East Coast.

Rem Koolhaas, Neri Oxman and Kevin Spacey to Speak at AIA National Convention 2016

16:00 - 18 February, 2016
Rem Koolhaas, Neri Oxman and Kevin Spacey to Speak at AIA National Convention 2016, Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter
Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter

Update: In addition to the previous announcement of Neri Oxman and Kevin Spacey as keynote speakers, the AIA has now announced Rem Koolhaas as the headline speaker for day three of this year's convention in Philadelphia. Koolhaas' speech will be titled "Delirious Philadelphia," a playful twist on his seminal book Delirious New York. The following article was originally published on February 11th.

Snøhetta Designs New Library for Temple University in Philadelphia

12:00 - 26 January, 2016
Snøhetta Designs New Library for Temple University in Philadelphia, View to North from the Founder’s Garden. Image © Snøhetta
View to North from the Founder’s Garden. Image © Snøhetta

Snøhetta is collaborating with Stantec to design a library for Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Envisioned as the campus' "social and academic heart" for students and the surrounding community, the new building will house a "variety of study spaces, resource centers, sophisticated information technology, public spaces and event hall" upon completion in Fall 2018.  

Main entrance along the eastern façade. Image © Snøhetta Atrium from Main Stair. Image © Snøhetta View to East down Polett Walk. Image © Snøhetta View from Southeast. Image © Snøhetta +6

Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

11:00 - 26 January, 2016
Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

© Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Senior Design Principals

    Cesar Pelli FAIA, Fred Clarke FAIA
  • Principal in Charge

    Mark Shoemaker AIA
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored

16:00 - 12 January, 2016
Louis Kahn's Notorious Richards Laboratory Restored, Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones
Richards Medical Research Laboratories in 2010, prior to restoration. Image © Wikipedia CC user Smallbones

Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, once deemed "the most consequential building constructed in the United States" since World War II by MoMA, has been notoriously hated by its users; scientists claim the building lacks privacy, has too much exposure to sunlight and is not suitable for lab experiments. Thus, the University's architect has just completed a full renovation of Richards' four brick towers, converting them into offices and computer labs for researchers, while, as Philly.com reports, restoring the structure to its original essence.

"The renovation has pared Kahn's spaces down to their essence, restoring a Zenlike calm, and revealing the muscular concrete structure that made the design such a revelation in the early 1960s, when International Style glass towers were all the rage," says Philly.com. Read the complete article here

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Billie Tsien

15:20 - 10 November, 2015
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Billie Tsien, Architect Billie Tsien will discuss the Barnes Foundation Museum and many other award-winning projects for the Dallas Architecture Forum on November 19 at the Dallas Museum of Art
Architect Billie Tsien will discuss the Barnes Foundation Museum and many other award-winning projects for the Dallas Architecture Forum on November 19 at the Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with outstanding architect Billie Tsien, Co-Founder and Partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects - a New York City-based studio focused on work for museums, schools, and non-profit organizations. Tsien’s many projects include the new art museum for the Barnes Foundation collection, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, projects for Lincoln Center in New York and Cranbrook in Michigan, and the Dallas residence for

Philadelphia Navy Yards / James Corner Field Operations

11:00 - 25 September, 2015
Philadelphia Navy Yards / James Corner Field Operations, © Halkin Mason Photography
© Halkin Mason Photography

© Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography Courtesy of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation © Halkin Mason Photography +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Design Director

    James Corner, RLA, Founding Partner
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Halkin Mason Photography, Courtesy of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation