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summersm343 Apr 6, 2017 3:45 AM

Art Commission has approved quite a few projects:

Discovery Center at East Park Reservoir - Fairmount Park
http://planphilly.com/uploads/media_....752.445.s.png

Headhouse Plaza - Society Hill
http://planphilly.com/uploads/media_....752.576.s.png

American Street Plaza - Olde Kensington
http://planphilly.com/uploads/media_....752.497.s.png

Holocaust Memorial - Central Business District/Ben Franklin Parkway
http://planphilly.com/uploads/media_....752.458.s.png

Read more here:
http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/...wberry-mansion

shadowbat2 Apr 6, 2017 6:12 AM

UPenn work:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2881/3...e9d401d0_c.jpgUntitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2939/3...96caccd1_c.jpgUntitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3942/3...7279a1da_c.jpgUntitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

shadowbat2 Apr 6, 2017 6:17 AM

Gallery update:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2823/3...6bafd271_c.jpgGallery II 4/5/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2914/3...4d8994e6_c.jpgGallery II 4/5/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

What used to be Old Navy:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2914/3...4d8994e6_c.jpgGallery II 4/5/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

What used to be the atrium:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2897/3...b18a3d81_c.jpgGallery I 4/5/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Ninth Street:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2865/3...7e9936a3_c.jpgUntitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2863/3...c6bc8710_c.jpgUntitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2808/3...18f128de_c.jpg9th and Market 4/5/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Fairmount2Fishtown Apr 6, 2017 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhilliesPhan (Post 7763898)
Not sure if this is a concept or an official rendering, but look at this!

http://i.imgur.com/rNCGeAM.jpg?1

Everything I've seen and heard had been a North/South facing stadium. Will check back in on this though.

Justin7 Apr 6, 2017 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by summersm343 (Post 7764020)
Art Commission has approved quite a few projects:
Headhouse Plaza - Society Hill
http://planphilly.com/uploads/media_....752.576.s.png

Where can I find more info on this? Everything I'm getting through google is an old design from 2015.

Knight Hospitaller Apr 6, 2017 2:40 PM

^ I hope whatever is approved looks better than that. Headhouse Square is too beautiful to plop down glass shards. This isn't exactly Pei's Louvre pyramid.

Redddog Apr 6, 2017 3:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Knight Hospitaller (Post 7764311)
^ I hope whatever is approved looks better than that. Headhouse Square is too beautiful to plop down glass shards. This isn't exactly Pei's Louvre pyramid.

Right!? I think that looks like crap! We need something a little more stately there.

Nova08 Apr 6, 2017 3:09 PM

I agree. Headhouse generally has a "colonial" architecture and this glass whatever looks out of place. In the previous proposals weren't they also looking to replace the Headhouse "canopy" between Lombard and Pine? Or were the proposals always for the Lombard to South block? Frankly they should get rid of the parking. It's a great space and the parking kills the vibe between Lombard and South.

Boku Apr 6, 2017 3:19 PM

Developer pays $1.4M for S. Kensington site with plan for apartments, townhouses

http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...gton-site.html

40 apartments and 14 townhomes.

http://i.imgur.com/s6Dl1Ca.jpg

The site currently: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9767...8i6656!6m1!1e1

McBane Apr 6, 2017 7:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nova08 (Post 7764347)
I agree. Headhouse generally has a "colonial" architecture and this glass whatever looks out of place.

Sorry, this attitude is so provincial. Surely you don't dislike the Society Hill Towers? They're not colonial but they sure as heck are iconic.

Parkway Apr 6, 2017 7:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McBane (Post 7764693)
Sorry, this attitude is so provincial. Surely you don't dislike the Society Hill Towers? They're not colonial but they sure as heck are iconic.

This is part of why we get so many boring buildings. Some people want nothing but red brick and some people want avant garde. What we end up with is buildings that try not to offend anyone. Developers have an added financial incentive to make sure buildings aren't exciting.

PHL10 Apr 6, 2017 7:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McBane (Post 7764693)
Sorry, this attitude is so provincial. Surely you don't dislike the Society Hill Towers? They're not colonial but they sure as heck are iconic.

I am guessing that people think this is proposed for the block between Pine and Lombard as opposed to between Lombard and South. This glass canopy over a brick walk will replace two rows of slanted parking that faces a Wawa located in the bottom of a 1990's apartment building. There is nothing colonial about any of that.

Nova08 Apr 6, 2017 8:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PHL10 (Post 7764738)
I am guessing that people think this is proposed for the block between Pine and Lombard as opposed to between Lombard and South. This glass canopy over a brick walk will replace two rows of slanted parking that faces a Wawa located in the bottom of a 1990's apartment building. There is nothing colonial about any of that.

The parking will remain. The median on the South Street side will be widened to accommodate the open shade canopy. The median on the Lombard st. side will also be widened to allow for more space around the fountain. There will still be parking between the two.
Quote:

That is until the Art Commission OK’d the latest design Wednesday, which preserves the plaza’s 40 parking spots while also improving lighting, plantings, public safety, community space, and traffic calming measures.
Either way, I'll take any improvement on that block over the current design. And I agree, the long ago built Wawa and generic apartment building don't help anything. Honestly the biggest issue I have is not with the open air canopies on both ends of the block, but the fact that the 40 parking spots remain.

A little bit more information and another rendering
Headhouse Plaza Project Update
http://southstreet.com/headhouse-plaza-project-update/

Knight Hospitaller Apr 6, 2017 10:01 PM

I wasn't arguing that the glass shed for HH Square had to be colonial. It's just crap. IM Pei's Louvre pyramid works. This shard doesn't.

Redddog Apr 7, 2017 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parkway (Post 7764707)
This is part of why we get so many boring buildings. Some people want nothing but red brick and some people want avant garde. What we end up with is buildings that try not to offend anyone. Developers have an added financial incentive to make sure buildings aren't exciting.

^^^
Agreed. It is exactly why we need more thoughtful design than this. It doesn't have to be red brick and cobblestone. That's one end of the spectrum. The other end is this design - over-the-top glass and steel. The middle doesn't have to suck.

Great example? The Alexander. That is a stately throwback if ever there was one and everyone is (rightfully) messing themselves over that building. That's an example of how to do it right. I don't see a problem with trying to hit a target that pleases most. It's what ALL great architecture strives for IMO.

PHL10 Apr 7, 2017 4:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Redddog (Post 7765453)
^^^
Agreed. It is exactly why we need more thoughtful design than this. It doesn't have to be red brick and cobblestone. That's one end of the spectrum. The other end is this design - over-the-top glass and steel. The middle doesn't have to suck.

Great example? The Alexander. That is a stately throwback if ever there was one and everyone is (rightfully) messing themselves over that building. That's an example of how to do it right. I don't see a problem with trying to hit a target that pleases most. It's what ALL great architecture strives for IMO.

I disagree with your example. Although I love the Alexander, it really is nothing more than a 1920-30 Art Deco knock off to my eyes, albeit a well executed one. There is nothing middle ground about it - it's as faux historic as any other time period an architect may want to copy. If we are naming apartment buildings, perhaps 1706 Ritt might be a good example of middle ground - classic proportions with some classic materials, such as stone but modern in detail and function.

EastSideHBG Apr 8, 2017 3:31 PM

Brewerytown, set to be Philly's next hot neighborhood, experiences growing pains
Updated: APRIL 7, 2017 — 4:00 AM EDT
http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...ing-pains.html

FourS Apr 11, 2017 12:13 PM

Does anyone know what's planned for 43rd and Chestnut? They are digging a mighty big hole there with nothing posted and I haven't heard anything.

Groundhog Apr 11, 2017 12:58 PM

Progress at Lincoln Square this morning:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2897/3...55e6b230_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2860/3...9bbf76c6_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2811/3...d1770dc4_b.jpg

1487 Apr 11, 2017 5:18 PM

Exterior work on the Hale building is FINALLY underway. A platform is hanging off the side with guys doing cleaning/restoration of the facade facing east.


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