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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #121
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I don't know what it is but lately to me it seems the buildings planned or under construction around the U.S. now seem overtly reminiscent of the 1960s.

So Brasilia was a successful experiment architecture?
The trend began with Wallpaper Magazine in the 1990s. Their celebration of all things mid-century modern caught on fast, not least because developers can build these styles more cheaply.
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205 Race May See The Light of Day


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Brown Hill Development inches closer to constructing the 197' condo towers at 205 Race Street. First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill in the City Council Thursday that would amend the Center City Zoning overlay to allow larger construction projects in the area surrounding the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The bill adds a "Bridge Approach" area to the Old City subsection of the Center City Overlay. The new area is bounded by Race Street, 4th Street, and Interstate 95.

Approval of the bill is expected to subsequently support development that will draw activity to the area surrounding the Race Street Connector to encourage its use so that residents and visitors may re-connect to the waterfront.

Developers at 205 Race say their project is intended to mirror the scale not of the other buildings in the neighborhood, but of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #124
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Old April 15th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #126
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The Drexel skyline, April 13

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Family Courts April 7:

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Beyond the cranes at the medical campus, 2116 Chestnut (center left) nestles into the skyline:

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Old April 20th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #128
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Renovations Underway at Squatters' Infamous 'Paradise City'



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The Croydon Building, which sits on 49th Street between Locust and Spruce has been vacant since the 1990's. However, in December of 2011 the Orens Brothers bought the building and announced plans to restore it, and as you can see from the pictures, construction is now underway.

The building, known as "Paradise City" by squatters was the site of a 2007 murder, and had attracted community concern for many years. The restored building will be a 127 unit apartment complex with multiple different layouts. The developers claim that it will also incorporate community gardens.
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Drexel's LeBow School Of Business Finishes Up:


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Old April 22nd, 2013, 10:07 PM   #130
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Edgewater Proposes Second Phase Tower



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The not too impressive Edgewater development along the Schuylkill banks, although appropriate in context and function, is proposing a much nicer but still ordinary addition to the Edgewater complex. Realen Properties is proposing to construct the second phase of Edgewater, a multifamily complex at 23rd and Race streets. The addition calls for a 22-story building on an existing surface parking lot at the ramp off 23rd Street.

The first phase completed in 2006 costing $70 million consisted of a 13-story apartment complex with 290 apartments that overlooks the Schuylkill River part of the project, which included 20 three-story townhouses, also rentals.
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Navy Yard Reaches 10,000th Job Milestone



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The Navy Yard has now reached its 10,000 jobs mark with more people working there than ever before, and appears to be on track to influence more companies to relocate to the neighborhood. Part of its success is due to a buoyant technology business community, with some of that growth occurring at the expense of Center City. Now many are asking if the Navy Yard can stand on its own. Many have faith, but the biggest commitment will need to come in the form of infrastructure, in order to really see its full potential.

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19th and Arch 4/20


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Morgan hall Wraps Up At Temple U.



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Morgan Hall Raises The Philly Skyline

The $174 million, 736,000 square foot apartment complex features a beautifully understated (except for its hight) contemporary 27 story tower joined by a ten story dorm on the south end designed by MGA Partners. The two dorms will contain at least 1,200 beds in 4-person suites and 20 singles. There will also be dining facilities and new retail dining space in a separate building on North Broad Street and a courtyard in the middle of the complex. The project is set to open July 2013.


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Old April 26th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #134
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Work on the 14 story student housing tower at Temple University is underway.

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Family Court Building Tops Out:


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Old April 27th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #136
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Philaphillia Post Of The Month:

Empty Lot of the Week-- April 16th



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Spring Garden Violation Shit Lot: 1200-1212 Spring Garden Street

This corner looks like shit. This isn't even the only empty lot at this location! How the **** did it get to this point? With all the improvements happening nearly every few blocks in Philadelphia, how did this lot get so neglected? **** this lot and everything it stands for. An abandoned property whose tax delinquent owner is making a shitload of money on its FOUR billboards. That's right, FOUR. Oh, and **** Clear Channel for leasing the billboard space from this slumlord. This all gets exacerbated by the fact that this neighborhood was once one of the best in the city!

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Drexel: The NYU of Philadelphia?


Rendering of Market & 32nd St. future from Drexel

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Today, Drexel acquired a large parcel of land at 32nd and Market, which they plan to use for unspecified development. West of 30th Street, Market street is full of parking lots, empty space, and broad sidewalks: Drexel's plans to add plantings and retail space seem like an uncontroversial, positive move for the neighborhood. However, Drexel University has big plans for turning its neighborhood into a campus: will they meet the same resistance that UPenn has met in its efforts to turn West Philly into University City?


[Map of Drexel's development plans through 2017, from Drexel University]

Over the next four years, Drexel's plan for Market street looks like it'll have a small impact: they want to put retail space into buildings they already own, put in a few planters and benches at Market and 33rd, and move their career center, and redevelop assets they already own. However, their Campus Map for plans beyond 2017 shows a radically different vision for the area they're calling their campus, and their plans for development stretch far beyond Market Street.


[Plans for 2017 and beyond, from Drexel University]

Worth noting is the rhetoric Drexel is using: they're calling their development plan a "campus master plan," and frame development of the area bounded by 30th st. to the east, Walnut to the south, 40th st. to the west and Spring Garden to the north as "campus development." It's true that the area is their campus, but it also includes residential neighborhoods, like Mantua and Powelton Village that don't have strong ties to the University. As Drexel's development efforts move away from Market street, will they meet more resistance?

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DRWC Releases Designs for Pier 53 Park



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Plans for the Washington Avenue Green's extension onto the old Pier 53 were released on Saturday. The plans reflect the park's history and future, and its ambitious goals. The park will incorporate plantings (of native plant species) that will improve the health of the river. and therefore, the entire surrounding habitat. The team for the project includes ecologists and biologists as well as architects and park planners, and has an ambitious vision for innovative environmental stewardship without erasing the pier's history as an important urban site.

Pier 53 served as an immigration station for Philadelphia between the years of 1873 and 1915. The station was torn down in 1915, but rubble from the original building remains: bricks, concrete and found elements are incorporated throughout the park's design. An art installation at the end of the pier, called the land bouy, will track currents and shine throughout the night, with a phosphorescent glass cylinder, which is charged by the sun. The artist, Jody Pinto, found that her own family had passed through Pier 53, and was inspired to create a beacon of welcome to commemorate the history of the immigration station.

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That pier park looks awesome! Will the sail element on the observation tower/ spiral stair tower spin like a wind turbine or just act like a weather vane?
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That pier park looks awesome! Will the sail element on the observation tower/ spiral stair tower spin like a wind turbine or just act like a weather vane?
I think it's more of a kinetic art peice than anything else.
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