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The Often Forgotten Work of Denise Scott Brown

08:00 - 5 June, 2018
The Often Forgotten Work of Denise Scott Brown, Courtesy of Robert Venturi
Courtesy of Robert Venturi

There’s something irresistible about Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s architectural romance. They met when they were both young professors at the University of Pennsylvania; Scott Brown held seminars in city planning, and Venturi gave lectures in architectural theory. As the story goes, Scott Brown argued in her first faculty meeting that Frank Furness’ masterful Venetian gothic library should not be torn down to build a plaza (then a dissenting opinion). Venturi approached her after the meeting, offering his support. As Paul Goldberger wrote of the couple in 1971, “as their esthetic viewpoints grew closer and closer, so did their feelings toward each other.” Architecture lovers can’t help but love the architect-lovers.

David Adjaye Honored with 2018 Louis Kahn Memorial Award

14:00 - 12 April, 2018
David Adjaye Honored with 2018 Louis Kahn Memorial Award, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

British architect Sir David Adjaye, Founding Principal of Adjaye Associates, will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award by the Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia. The annual award celebrates the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of architecture, while also celebrating the achievements of influential Philadelphia-based architect Louis Kahn.

Past recipients of the award have included Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and César Pelli.

2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Next Parkway

19:30 - 29 August, 2017
2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Next Parkway, Design for Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Paul Crét and Jacques Gréber, 1917
Design for Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Paul Crét and Jacques Gréber, 1917

The 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge | $5,000 First Prize

This international urban design competition for university students is now open for registration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Center / Architecture + Design seeks creative concepts for what a new 'Parkway' could be in a dense and developed 21st-century city, connecting neighborhoods with nearby natural and cultural resources.

Buena Onda / CORE architecture + design

15:00 - 15 August, 2017
Buena Onda / CORE architecture + design, © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    1901 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Allison Cooke, Hilary Miners
  • Area

    2400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition

09:45 - 3 July, 2017
Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition, Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal
Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are hosting a design competition to create an “Image Maker” landscape at the Airport. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate Philadelphia’s position as America’s Garden Capital and create a welcoming image for the Greater Philadelphia region.

New College House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

15:00 - 12 June, 2017
New College House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Nic Lehoux © Jeffrey Totaro + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Anthony Pregiato, Erin Roark
  • Principal

    Frank W. Grauman, FAIA, LEED AP, Bernard J. Cywinski, FAIA (1940-2011)
  • Project Manager

    Dana Reed, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architects

    Anthony Pregiato, RA, LEED AP BD+C and Erin Roark, AIA, LEED AP
  • Landscape Architects

    Michael Vergason Landscape Architecture
  • Area

    198000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

09:00 - 19 May, 2017
Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, © Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz
© Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz

© Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz © Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz © Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz © Richard Barnes and Stanley Saitowitz + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Stanley Saitowitz (Design Principal), Neil Kaye (Architect of Record), Michael Luke (Project Architect), Steve Sanchez (Project Designer/Manager)
  • Landscape

    Bohler Engineering
  • Area

    13900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Perry World House / 1100 Architect

13:00 - 25 April, 2017
Perry World House / 1100 Architect, © Greg Benson
© Greg Benson

© Greg Benson © Greg Benson © Greg Benson © Eric Petschek + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP; Juergen Riehm, FAIA, BDA; Ed Parker, AIA
  • Area

    17400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Philadelphia Museum of Art Breaks Ground on Frank Gehry's $196 Million Renovation Scheme

14:15 - 30 March, 2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art Breaks Ground on Frank Gehry's $196 Million Renovation Scheme, AFTER: The Forum, looking west and up to Lenfest Hall. The Forum extends from Level A to Level C and will be one of the most highly trafficked and recognizable areas created during the Core Project. This stunning space will serve as a venue for performances and events, as well as a welcoming spot for visitors to socialize or orient themselves. Architectural rendering by Gehry Partners, LLP and KX-L. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.
AFTER: The Forum, looking west and up to Lenfest Hall. The Forum extends from Level A to Level C and will be one of the most highly trafficked and recognizable areas created during the Core Project. This stunning space will serve as a venue for performances and events, as well as a welcoming spot for visitors to socialize or orient themselves. Architectural rendering by Gehry Partners, LLP and KX-L. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has broken ground on the Core Project, a $196 million transformation of its main building led by Frank Gehry. In total, the renovation will add a total of 90,000 square feet to the museum, including 67,000 square feet of new public space, 11,500 square feet of gallery space for the museum’s American Art collection, and another 11,500 square feet of contemporary art display space.

As suggested by its name, The Core Project will focus on the heart of the museum; the main circulation of the building will be completely reorganized and museum infrastructure will receive much-needed upgrades, improving access to the community and enhancing the visitor experience.

AFTER: The Forum, looking west and up to Lenfest Hall. The Forum extends from Level A to Level C and will be one of the most highly trafficked and recognizable areas created during the Core Project. This stunning space will serve as a venue for performances and events, as well as a welcoming spot for visitors to socialize or orient themselves. Architectural rendering by Gehry Partners, LLP and KX-L. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. BEFORE: The Van Pelt Auditorium, shown here in 2016, is being demolished to create the Forum. The auditorium was not part of the original design for the building, which opened in 1928; it was added in 1959. Photograph by Elizabeth Leitzell. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. BEFORE: The Van Pelt Auditorium, shown here in 2016, is being demolished to create the Forum. The auditorium was not part of the original design for the building, which opened in 1928; it was added in 1959. Photograph by Elizabeth Leitzell. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. AFTER: The Forum, looking east. Many significant improvements are happening on Level A, including the removal of the auditorium to create the Forum. The heart of the Museum will be opened up to simplify wayfinding. Architectural rendering by Gehry Partners, LLP and KX-L. Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. + 37

New Renderings Revealed of SHoP and West 8's $3.5 Billion Schuylkill Yards Project

14:30 - 28 March, 2017
New Renderings Revealed of SHoP and West 8's $3.5 Billion Schuylkill Yards Project, © SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust
© SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust

New renderings and information have been revealed for SHoP and West 8’s Schuylkill Yards masterplan envisioned for University City in Philadelphia. Announced last March, the project comprises 14 new buildings on a 14-acre site off the Schuylkill River and around 30th Street Station, the country’s third busiest Amtrak station.

© SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust © SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust © SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust © SHoP Architects / West8. Courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust + 10

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

    ISA
  • 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

    ISA
  • 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

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