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How Passive Houses Yield Aggressive Savings

How do you keep warm in your home in the winter? Do you crank the thermostat in the hall up past 78 so you can […]

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AKA University City, (Almost) Ready For Its Closeup

The last time we toured AKA University City at Cira Centre South, the residence/hotel was largely piles of drywall and warrens of metal studs. That […]

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Modern Icons To Light Up Your Home

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto ranks with Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen (another Finn), Walter Gropius and Philadelphian Louis Kahn as one of the true giants […]

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Hard Hat Tour: The Bridge

Some of 205 Race Street’s Old City neighbors wanted a building at Second and Race streets that respected the neighborhood’s cornice line. They got one, […]

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Designer Style Without the Designer Price in Fishtown: $479K

You may recall that showstopper of a home in Fishtown that we showcased back in June? Well, Lux-Living, the design firm that produced it, is […]

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Jawdropper of the Week: The Wright Stuff in Princeton, $5.995M

They call this magnificent home on a quiet street just a few blocks from the heart of terminally charming Princeton “La Maison de Verre,” and […]

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A Pool With A View Proposed for Fishtown Mixed-Use Project

Developer Roland Kassis has tweaked and refined the design for his proposed boutique hotel at 1224 Frankford Ave., a project Fishtown residents enthusiastically supported when […]

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What Happens When Civic Design Review Works

When designing projects, large or small, architects should take into account more than just the needs and wants of the client in fashioning them. They […]

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This Builder Will Design a Home Around You for Just $300K

Custom-built homes have up until now been the exclusive province of the affluent, much as stylish modern furniture was up until Ikea brought it within […]

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Thos. Moser Joins the Back-to-the-City Movement

Thos. Moser has been making handcrafted furniture in Maine since 1972 and selling it in Philadelphia since the early 1980s. The company’s affinity for Pennsylvania […]

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Main Line Monday: A Midcentury Modern Masterpiece in Strafford

You’ve seen photos of homes like these in places like Southern California and the Oakland hills. If you’re the sort of person who hyperventilates at […]

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Philly Builder Recognized for High-Tech Solution to a Historic Restoration Problem

When Moser Construction Management decided to undertake its first multifamily residential conversion project, it had two pretty high hurdles to clear. One was repairing the […]

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How Rodin Square Strikes a Balance Between City and Suburb

In her recent column on the now-open Rodin Square development, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron gave the project a B-plus for its organization and […]

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Hard Hat Tour: Van Pelt Mews

It seems that architect Cecil Baker has the golden touch these days. Not only is he the emergency surgeon of choice for ailing projects, having […]

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Design Home 2016 Joins the Back-to-the-City Movement

Those eight days the DesignPhiladelphia festival is spending exploring “Home” are just a warmup to the main event: a home full of ideas you’ll want to […]