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“Man Made” and Mass Produced: How Stephen Burks Squares the Circle

According to Stephen Burks, design as we know it is a fundamentally Western concept. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no design outside the West. […]

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“Home” Is Where You’ll Find DesignPhiladelphia This Year

This is the first year that founder Hilary Jay is not in charge of the DesignPhiladelphia festival, the annual celebration of design that is the […]

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Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Haverford

Somewhere out there is a website that explains to the layman why McMansions are so hideous. The reasons why have to do with classic principles […]

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Jawdropper of the Week: Pop Art in Merion Station

There are two kinds of fans of Modernism: the purists and the postmodernists. The purists would no doubt recoil in horror once they set foot […]

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A Post Office Moves, And Our Civic Realm Loses Another Piece of Its Soul

Chances are you’ve gotten impatient waiting in what seems like interminable lines at the William Penn Annex post office at 9th and Market streets. Doing […]

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What Home Depot Taught Jefferson About Collaborative Workplaces

This tale of creative space-shaping in the field of medicine begins at Home Depot. That’s where Praveen Chopra, Thomas Jefferson University’s chief information and transformative […]

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Chinese Cultural Center Prepares for A New Future

A 185-year-old landmark in the heart of Chinatown is getting ready for a possible new lease on life once the legal hurdles are cleared. While […]

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Jawdropper of the Week: XXL Luxury Next Door to Billy Penn

Have you ever seen eye-to-eye with William Penn? We’re talking about the man who stands right on top of City Hall. In this luxury condo, […]

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Hard Hat Tour: The Rebirth of Alden Park

The three buildings that together comprise the Alden Park apartment complex are without a doubt the most photogenic apartment buildings in the city. Begun in […]

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Shore Bliss

John and Jana Scarpa spend much of the year in Palm Beach, but their hearts are at the Jersey Shore: “It’s so relaxing compared to […]

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Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apartments

For decades, the Roosevelt Apartments at 23rd and Walnut streets has had a reputation as a decent, low-rent (for Rittenhouse) place to live with a […]

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Jawdropper of the Week: A Feat of Artistry in Gladwyne

When you live in a place like Philadelphia, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience art. Whether they’re creations made by local artists or pieces […]

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A First (And Last*) Look at the New Mormon Temple

“Like Solomon’s Temple, we seek to use the finest materials and the highest quality craftsmanship in our construction,” Elder Larry Y. Wilson of The Church […]

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Neighbors Weigh In on American Street’s Future

  As Philadelphia went through its industrial revolution that made it “The Workshop of the World,” one of its greatest industrial districts was the one […]

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Farmhouse Friday: A Landmark Restoration in Thornbury

What you see above is a common, if unusually large, Pennsylvania farmhouse whose oldest portion dates to circa 1797. What makes it special, besides the […]