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By Sharon Leshner on Apr 12, 2016
To celebrate National Architecture Week , AIA Philadelphia and The Center for Architecture and Design have put together a handy guide on how to teach yourself about Philadelphia architecture. Here’s how: 1. Stay up to Date with Architecture News Philly writers are in on what’s going on in with local architecture– from current developments to historical investigations, these sources cover it: PlanPhilly , Curbed Philly , Hidden City Philadelphia , and Philly.com . Looking to get a little deeper into the world of local architecture? For the latest news on local architecture firms, and upcoming events, subscribe to AIA Philadelphia’s... more
By Sharon Leshner on Feb 19, 2016
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is located about an hour and a half drive northwest of Philadelphia, in downtown Reading, PA. The campus originally opened its doors in 1871 as the world's first factory to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses. Renovated and reopened in 2005, much of the original industrial charm remains backdrop to what now includes 35 juried-in working artist studios, several gallery spaces, a movie theatre showing art house films daily, and a cafe. The community arts center is like no other in the country, offering arts education, exhibitions, special events, and public programming year... more

The Porch at 30th Streets, Photo by: Ben Tran, Image Courtesy of: University City District

By Sharon Leshner on Feb 11, 2016
How Philadelphia's Public Spaces are Influenced by Jan Gehl's Legacy of Human-Centered Design Think of three places in this city that you keep revisiting. Chances are, the places you’re thinking about were designed by an architect, urban planner, or both. This month at the Center for Architecture we’re celebrating one architect who has spent his life advocating for cities that benefit the quality of life of the people who inhabit it. Jan Gehl and his team at Gehl Architects build spaces that inspire citizens. Gehl’s book “Cities for People” explains his philosophy in very simple terms: city design should always... more