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Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department 2012 Spring Lecture Series

The 2012 Spring Lecture Series, put on by the architecture department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art is currently in progress until April 18th. Upcoming lectures include Iain Low, ‘Architecture Week’, in celebration of the new building for the architecture department, featuring Daniel Kelley and Skip Graffam, Timothy McDonald, and will conclude with Pedro Gadanho. For more information on the lectures, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit here. The lecture poster can be viewed after the break.

PennDesign 2012 Spring Lecture Series

Just last month, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design announced their lecture series for Spring 2012. All lectures are held at 6PM in Meyerson Hall and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted with continuing education credits available. The series began on January 17th and concludes on April 28th. More information on the upcoming events after the break.

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

  • Architects: Louis Kahn
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Architect: Louis Kahn
  • Rendering: Ludvík Koutný
  • References: Colin Davies, Klaus-Peter Gast
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Todd Eberle, Courtesy of ronan beckerman

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle

The Imbued Potential of Vacant Land

Vacant land is a looming problem for many cities, especially when it remains undeveloped for years or is transformed into garbage dumps and parking lots. But when designers begin to notice these voids within the activity of a city they are able to unlock the inherent potential in the land. That is precisely what “Not a Vacant Lot”, as part of DesignPhiladephia, did this October. Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant lots are both a challenge and an opportunity for young designers, artists and architects to tranform these under-utilized spaces into experiences within the fabric of the urban environment. The focal point of the design intervention was at the University of the Arts lot on 313 S. Broad Street, just a few blocks from Philadelphia’s center. It featured a reinterpreted map of Philadelphia by PennDesign students and Marianne Bernstein’s Play House, an 8′x8′ aluminum cube which, in its simplicity, could unlock the potential of this particular lot. But this engagement of vacant land was just one such intervention in a series artist installations throughout Philadelphia.  Another such intervention, GroundPaper, was designed by two collaborating artists, Mike Ski and KT Butterfield.  The site of their choosing was along the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown, a neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Read on to see what artists can accomplish with no budget, a vacant lot and an inspired idea.

Comcast Center Plaza / OLIN

  • Architects: OLIN
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Project Team: Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, Yue Li
  • Landscape Architect: OLIN
  • Consultants: Atelier Ten, Ballinger, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jonathan Borofsky, Kendall/Heaton Associates,
  • Area: 87120.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008

Comcast Center Plaza / OLIN Comcast Center Plaza / OLIN Comcast Center Plaza / OLIN

The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

© The Barnes Foundation
© The Barnes Foundation

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 Philadelphia. Working closely with architects and urban planners Digsau and Interface Studio, OLIN 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.

Radian Apartments / Erdy McHenry Architecture

  • Architects: Erdy McHenry Architecture
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture
  • Structural Engineer: The Harman Group
  • Mechanical Engineer: PHY Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Intech Construction
  • Area: 170000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Peter Kubilus, Tommy Holt, Roger Swingle

© Tommy Holt © Tommy Holt © Peter Kubilus © Peter Kubilus

Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House / Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Ty Cole

The Granary / Interface Studio Architects

© Interface Studio Architects
© Interface Studio Architects

A conceptual proposal for the retrofit of an old grain silo in Center City Philadelphia, 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

  • Architects: Ann Beha Architects
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Architect: Ann Beha Architects
  • Mep Engineer, Fire Protection: AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Keast & Hood Co.
  • Landscape Architect: Stephen Stimson Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Hunt Engineering Company
  • Lighting Designer: Ripman Lighting Consultants
  • General Contractor: Daniel J. Keating Company
  • Acoustician & Audio/Visual Consultant: Kirkegaard Associates
  • Materials Conservationist: Building Conservation Associates
  • Specifications Writer: Kalin Associates Inc.
  • Graphics Consultant: Wojciechowski Design
  • Elevator Consultant: VDA (Van Deusen & Associates)
  • Hardware Consultant: Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
  • Cost Estimator: The McGee Company
  • Project Area: 13,800 sf Renovation
  • Area: 25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: David Lamb Photography

© David Lamb Photography © David Lamb Photography © David Lamb Photography © David Lamb Photography

American Street Houses I / Materiality Office

  • Architects: Materiality Office
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Architects: Materiality Office
  • Project Team: Douglas Culbert
  • Paint Colors & Mural: Dorian La Padura
  • Area: 11928.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Greg Benson Photography

© Greg Benson Photography © Greg Benson Photography © Greg Benson Photography © Greg Benson Photography

Jackhammer / Onion Flats

  • Architects: Onion Flats
  • Location: 636 Belgrade Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
  • Project Team: Kurt Schlenbaker, Tim McDonald, Howard Steinberg
  • Green Roof & Rainwater Harvesting: G.R.A.S.S. (Green Roots And Solar Systems)
  • Owner / Developer: Onion Flats
  • General Contractor: JIG Inc (Project Manager Kurt Schlenbaker)
  • Leed Rater: Magrann Associates (Sam Klein)
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Tim McDonald

© Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald

Capital Flats / Onion Flats

  • Architects: Onion Flats
  • Location: 114 West Laurel Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
  • Developer/Builder: Onion Flats
  • Photographs: Tim McDonald

© Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald © Tim McDonald

National Museum of American Jewish History / Ennead Architects

  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Design Principal: James Polshek
  • Senior Designer: Robert Young
  • Project Team:  Aran Coakley, Matthew Dionne, Erkan Emre, Mazie Huh, Aileen Iverson, Dean Kim, John Lowery, Craig McIlhenny, Maura Rogers and Jordan Yamada
  • Project Manager: Joshua Frankel
  • Project Architect For Construction: John Lowery
  • Management Partner: Joseph Fleischer
  • Owners Representative: Becker & Frondorf
  • Area: 100000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Halkin Photography LLC

© Halkin Photography LLC © Halkin Photography LLC © Halkin Photography LLC © Halkin Photography LLC