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Master Plan for the Central Delaware in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Cooper, Robertson & Partners; KieranTimberlake and OLIN

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Article source: Cooper, Robertson & Partners; KieranTimberlake and OLIN

Master plan for 6 miles of the Delaware River waterfront in Center City Philadelphia, based on the Civic Vision which was prepared through an extensive public engagement planning process. The goal of the plan is to provide a practical implementation strategy for the phasing and funding of public realm enhancements to the waterfront, including the locations of parks, a variety of waterfront trails, and connections to existing upland neighborhoods.

Images Courtesy Brooklyn Digital Foundry

  • Architect: Cooper, Robertson & Partners; KieranTimberlake and OLIN
  • Name of Project: Master Plan for the Central Delaware
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Owner: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
  • Associate Architect: Kelly/Maiello Architects & Planners
  • Photo Credit: Brooklyn Digital Foundry

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The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science completes a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building houses four departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than 120 faculty, 350 graduate students, 100 researchers or postdoctoral fellows and 50 administrative staff members along with a more public component of 10 university classrooms, a 250 seat auditorium, a cafe and 2 university computer clusters.

Images Courtesy © Timothy Hursley and © Nic Lehoux

  • Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
  • Name of Project: The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Owner: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Architect: Gensler
  • Local Architect: EDGE Studio
  • Photo Credit: © Timothy Hursley, © Nic Lehoux

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Light Drift in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by howeler + yoon architecture

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: howeler + yoon architecture

INTERACTIVE RFID LIGHTING INSTALLATION

LIGHT DRIFT is a temporary interactive lighting installation along the edge of the Schuylkill River that will draw viewers into a playful engagement with the artwork, the river’s edge, and each other. The project creates a field of lighting elements that are arrayed along the waterfront, with elements on land and in the water.

  • Architect: howeler + yoon architecture
  • Name of Project: Light Drift
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Project team: J. Meejin Yoon, Eric Höweler, Ryan Murphy, Parker Lee, Jennifer Chuong, Lauren McClellan, Man Yan Lam, Yushiro Okamoto, Kris Swick, Dan Sullivan, Jeremy Jih
  • Electronics Engineer: Mark Feldmeier
  • Year: 2010

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Pennsylvania State University Arboretum by Overland Partners

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Article source: Overland Partners

The Overlook Pavilion at the Penn State Arboretum is part of Phase One of a Master Plan to develop the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, a 56-acre parcel that serves as the front door to the 365-acre Arboretum.  The Pavilion sits on the highest point of the site serving as the architectural anchor and the link between the botanical gardens and event lawn to the south and the naturalistic landscape and watershed to the north.

Night View

  • Architect: Overland Partners
  • Name of Project: Pennsylvania State University Arboretum
  • Location: State College, Pennsylvania
  • Site Area: 1,300 SF
  • Certification: LEED Silver certification pending.
  • Awards: Texas Society of Architect’s Design Award (2010)

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ArtsQuest Center @ SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The Architecture Behind the Arts

SteelStacks is a dynamic arts, culture and education campus located on 4.5 acres of former Bethlehem Steel Corporation brown field in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Anchoring the campus at the foot of the historic blast furnaces is ArtsQuest Center, designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.

Cantilevered porch with views of the blast furnaces in the background

  • Architect: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Structural Engineering: Barry Isett & Associates
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: Brinjac Engineering
  • Civil Engineering: French & Parello Associates
  • Acoustical Consultant: Acoustic Dimensions
  • Branding and Environmental Graphics Consultant: Westlake, Reed, Leskosky

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Jackhammer in Philadelphia by Plumbob

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

First LEED-H Gold Residential/Commercial live/work space in the City of Philadelphia

Formerly a convenience store and significant loitering/drug dealing corner property, neighbors seemed pleased when it caught on fire and was demolished in 2005. The architects felt it was important to restore the life and sense of community to this small but unique corner of Fishtown. While only 14’-0” wide and barely a 700 sf site footprint, they managed to create a vibrant, light-filled commercial space on the ground floor and basement as well as one residential dwelling on the 2nd and 3rd floors with a large green roof.

jackhammer

Jackhammer - Photo by Tim McDonald

  • Owner / Developer: Onion Flats
  • Architect: Plumbob Llc.(Kurt Schlenbaker, Tim McDonald, Howard Steinberg,)
  • Green Roof & Rainwater Harvesting: G.R.A.S.S. (Green Roots And Solar Systems)
  • General Contractor: JIG Inc (Project Manager Kurt Schlenbaker)
  • LEED Rater: Magrann Assoc. (Sam Klein)
  • Photo Credits: Tim McDonald
  • Location: 636 Belgrade St., Fishtown / Philadelphia
  • Year: 2007

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Camp JRF in South Sterling, Pennsylvania by Metcalfe Architecture & Design

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Metcalfe Architecture & Design is working with Camp JRF, a Jewish Reconstructionist summer camp in the Poconos, to create an Eco-Village in the forest up a hill from the existing camp, for older adolescent girl and boy campers that reflects the religious sect’s ideals of “peoplehood” (Tziyounut) and “repairing the world” (Tikkun Olam). Reconstructionism is a progressive approach to Jewish life integrating a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights of today.

Camp JRF rendering-aerial perspective

Camp JRF rendering-aerial perspective

  • Architect: Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Philadelphia, PA
  • Location: South Sterling, Pennsylvania
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing – Urban Technology Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • Civil Engineer – Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Scranton, PA
  • Structural Engineer – Ann Rothman, Wayne, PA
  • Construction start: Summer, 2011

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THE MODULES Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Interface Studio Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In recent years, the market for student housing has become increasingly competitive, with design-savvy, environmentally-sensitive students choosing between a variety of on- and off-campus living options.  The Modules is a 160-bed, 80,000-square-foot building on a half-acre site near Temple University in Philadelphia. The project responds to an emerging student housing market around the Temple campus as the school transitions from a commuter school  to a residential institution.

Modules Apartment

  • Architect: Interface Studio Architects
  • Project: The Modules Apartment
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Built
  • Developer/ GC / Property Manager: Equinox Management & Construction, LLC (more…)

Ecological Reconfiguration of Philadelphia by ecosistema urbano

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

ecosistema urbano believes that the revitalization of urban life is not obtained merely by architecture alone, but by focusing on solutions which encompass all aspects of the city system.  Regenerating the networks of social, environmental, and physical elements plants the seed for flourishing, liveable urban communities.  The ecological reconfiguration of Philadelphia uses the city’s strong history of citizen participation to develop a sustainable and economically-viable landscape.

Aerial view of Philadelphia

Fast facts:

Project Author:           [ecosistema urbano]

Design Team:

Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo, Constantino Hurtado, Elena Prieto, Jaime Eizaguirre, Emily Kohl, Luisa Zancada, Hector Jimenez, Maria Eugenia LaCarra, Antonio Fernandez Caro, Francisco Blanco, Dario Vigil.

Project Lead for Urban Voids Project

City Parks Association of Philadelphia
City Parks Association stimulates visionary thinking about natural resources and open space in the urban community. From its founding in 1888, City Parks Association has encouraged the establishment and maintenance of public parks and open spaces in the city of Philadelphia.
City Parks’ programs foster ongoing dialogue and collaborative action among people committed to the stewardship of our city’s natural resources.
www.cityparksphila.org

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Cottages at Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania by Patkau Architects

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The retained meadowland above Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is the site of six new cottages. The meadow, which is a fragment of a ‘recent’ cultural landscape, provides a complimentary experience to the surrounding native forest from which to appreciate and understand both native ecology and cultural history. It opens a clearing in the forest; a clearing that establishes the possibility of a sustainable relationship between human occupancy, site and sun.

Falling Water Model

Falling Water Model

  • Architect: Patkau Architects
  • Project Name: Cottages at Fallingwater
  • Client: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Location: Mill Run, Pennsylvania
  • Use: Housing for Educational Programs
  • Site Area: Bear Run Nature Reserve, 5189 Acre (21 k㎡)
  • Gross Floor Area: 63㎡ (678 sqft) (one bedroom unit) x 4 units = 252 ㎡ (2712 sqft)
  • 86㎡ (925 sqft) (two bedroom unit) x 2 units = 172 ㎡ (1850 sqft)
  • 99㎡ (1063 sqft) (community pavilion) x 1 units = 99 ㎡ (1063 sqft)
  • Total = 523㎡ (5625 sqft)
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio: Not Applicable
  • Gross Floor Ratio: Not Applicable
  • Bldg. Scale: 1 story below grade
  • Structure: Pre-Engineered Corrugated Steel Culvert
  • Max. Height: 3.6m (12ft)
  • Landscape Area: 26150㎡ (6.5 acre)
  • Parking Lot: shared parking with adjacent buildings (1 car per unit = 6 cars)
  • Exterior Finish: Grass, Weathering Steel
  • Design year: 2010
  • Completion year: To be determined

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