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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
  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Senior Design Principals

    Cesar Pelli FAIA, Fred Clarke FAIA
  • Principal in Charge

    Mark Shoemaker AIA
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

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

DesignPhiladelphia Festival

07:00 - 22 September, 2015
DesignPhiladelphia Festival, This year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme is SHIFT, inspired by the rapid changes in Philadelphia’s skyline and urban landscape and how these changes have the power to shift perceptions about the city.
This year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme is SHIFT, inspired by the rapid changes in Philadelphia’s skyline and urban landscape and how these changes have the power to shift perceptions about the city.

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, is the oldest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. This year’s Festival kicks off on the evening of October 7, and events run from October 8-16. Experience design in unexpected ways through approximately 100 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like.

BIG Office Building to Break Ground at Philadelphia's Navy Yard

14:00 - 30 June, 2015
BIG Office Building to Break Ground at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, via Philadelphia Inquirer
via Philadelphia Inquirer

Construction is slated to begin next week on a $35 million office building designed by BIG at Philadelphia's Navy Yard. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Liberty Property Trust will break ground Tuesday on the 94,000-square-foot office building at a site adjacent to a five-acre park designed by James Corner Field Operations. The project will be Liberty's fourteenth development at Navy Yards - a 1200-acre office park sited on a World War II Navy shipyard. 

Norman Foster Honored with Louis Kahn Memorial Award

07:00 - 12 June, 2015
Norman Foster Honored with Louis Kahn Memorial Award, Philadelphia skyline featuring 1,121-Foot Comcast Tower (rendering). Image © dbox, Foster + Partners
Philadelphia skyline featuring 1,121-Foot Comcast Tower (rendering). Image © dbox, Foster + Partners

Norman Foster has been awarded the Louis Kahn Memorial Award, an annual award that was established in 1983 to recognize "excellence in architecture" in honor of one of Philadelphia’s most influential architects.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award, particularly as I studied for my master’s degree at Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery in 1961," said Foster. "I have been hugely influenced by his work, which is still as fresh today as it was then. I was privileged to meet Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and to later teach there.”

HWKN Unveils Design for "Pennovation Center" in Pennsylvania

19:00 - 2 March, 2015
HWKN Unveils Design for "Pennovation Center" in Pennsylvania, Courtesy of HWKN Architects
Courtesy of HWKN Architects

New York-based firm HWKN have revealed the design for what is to become the University of Pennsylvania's latest hub for entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators. Dubbed "The Pennovation Centre," the project is the first major development within the Pennovation Works, and will occupy a 58,000-square-foot footprint on the campus' south.

A rejuvenation of the former DuPont laboratory, it is hoped that The Pennovation Centre will become an "iconic landmark" for pen, providing a "dynamic environment" for innovation in varied fields.

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Winning Proposals of "Looking Forward" Visualize the Future Athenaeum of Philadelphia

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
Winning Proposals of "Looking Forward" Visualize the Future Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum has just announced the winning proposals of the "Looking Forward: Re-imagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia" competition. In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the independent library and museum issued a challenge to architects, designers, and artists to illustrate their visions for the "Athenaeum of the Future."

The competition's entries included 46 professional and 42 student proposals from 17 different countries, 15 US States, and 10 schools. Read on after the break to explore the award-winning designs.

Stay on the Ground 2. Image Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia Athenaeum 2050. Image Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia Athenaeum 2050. Image Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia Philadelphia Grotesque Revisited 2. Image Courtesy of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia +17

TED Talk: How Painting Can Transform Communities / Haas&Hahn

00:00 - 7 December, 2014

First inspired with a grand vision to transform Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slum into a community united by color, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn of Haas&Hahn have found an ingenious and stunning way to empower some of the world’s most impoverished communities through art. 

Competition: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Competition: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Imagine: After three years of careful dismantling, moving,  painstakingly re-assembling and most importantly, restoring, John Notman’s historic Athenæum building has finally arrived at its new location in Fairmount Park, where it will serve as the headquarters of  the newly formed Philadelphia chapter of the Friends of Brownstone (PhilaFOB). Flush with government funding from lottery and fracking  revenue, PhilaFOB made the Athenæum Board of Directors an offer it  couldn’t refuse.  So now, for the first time since 1845, the lot at 6th & St. James Streets  is vacant, and the Athenæum, still a vital independent lending and  research library, with growing architectural and design collections,  must re-imagine itself without its historic building. Given its  location and its corporate purposes, what might a mid-21st century  Athenæum look like?

Gehry Unveils Designs to Extend the Philadelphia Art Museum Downwards

00:00 - 11 July, 2014
Gehry Unveils Designs to Extend the Philadelphia Art Museum Downwards, The heart of the Museum will be opened up, creating a clear sight line through the ground-floor and first-floor galleries that will greatly simplify wayfinding. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
The heart of the Museum will be opened up, creating a clear sight line through the ground-floor and first-floor galleries that will greatly simplify wayfinding. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has revealed Frank Gehry's designs for a 169,000 square foot expansion that will see the museum dig down to create a new set of galleries underneath its existing footprint. Already an unusual choice for a project whose brief called to preserve the architectural integrity of the existing building, Gehry's design is an unexpectedly muted intervention, focusing on interior rearrangement and additions that are in keeping with the 86 year-old building's aesthetic.

Perhaps the most dramatic alteration proposed by Gehry is a plan to punch a hole through the museum's famous 'Rocky steps', the iconic training location from the Rocky film series, creating a window into the new subterranean galleries; however as the $350 million project will by necessity by undertaken in stages, this intervention is likely to be a subject of discussion for some time.

More on the design after the break

A cross-section view showing the changes to the existing interior spaces and the new underground galleries. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP Lenfest Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP The new underground galleries will be lit in part by a skylight in the East Terrace. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP The vaulted underground walkway, long closed to visitors, will become a space for art and events, with entrances at the north (Kelly Drive) and south (Schuylkill River) sides of the building. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP +8