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Architecture Design and Building in Pennsylvania, USA - 01
Architecture Design and Building in Pennsylvania, USA

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STEEL THEATRICS

Next to the defunct blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — a poignant symbol of changing times — stands a growing arts complex, with industrial heritage at center stage. — Published 2012.0606

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PRESERVING CULTURAL LANDSCAPES

Just as the concept of cultural landscape can mitigate polarized views of nature versus artifice, so it can bridge divisive opinions on the relative importance of "architecture" versus "history." — Published 2008.0604

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LIBRARY ENLIGHTENED

The original Skillman Library was always a bit of an arsenal for books. Designed by Philadelphia architect Vincent Kling and constructed in 1963 on the campus of Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, it was a limestone and brick fortress with narrow slit windows and all the warmth of a bunker. The design of the limestone cornice at the building's top even suggested battlements. — Published 2006.0125

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NATURALLY COOL CONVENTION CENTER

Echoing the shape of bridges arcing over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center. A sail-like roof is suspended from steel cables over the four-story riverfront building.

The dramatic form designed by architect Rafael Viñoly Architects is more than visually striking, however. The sweeping roof channnels river breezes and creates a degree of natural ventilation that is extraordinary for a building of this type and size. — Published 2003.1008

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KIMMEL CENTER CIVICS

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Philadelphia, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, presents to the city ample public space, generous concert halls, and a distinctive profile on the city's grand thoroughfare of Broad Street. — Published 2002.0828

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ENVIRONMENTAL REFUGE

The new Cusano Environmental Education Center sends a message from its wetlands setting near Philadelphia: that environmentally sound construction can be attractive and not necessarily expensive.

The center is an oasis on a site that could be an environmentalist's nightmare. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is the most urban refuge in the United States, with giant jets from the nearby Philadelphia International Airport buzzing overhead. — Published 2001.0418

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