Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics

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From our friends at the Center for Architecture:

“Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics” is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn’s original plan, Archaeology & Preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, Skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city.

Ten Tuesday evenings, March 1 through May 3, 2011
6 to 8 p.m., Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

Click Here to register

Full Series: $250 General Public, $200 Members, $100 Students / AIA Associates
Lectures: $30 General Public, $25 Members, $15 Students / AIA Associates


MARCH 01 – The First 100 Years: from 1682 – 1782
Paula Spilner, PhD, Drexel University

MARCH 08 – Penn’s Plan and the Founding of the City
John Andrew Gallery, Executive Director
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

MARCH 15 – Philadelphia Railroads
Joel Spivak, author of Philadelphia Railroads

MARCH 22 – The Victorian City
Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, Bryn Mawr College

MARCH 29 – Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th c. Philadelphia
Paula Spilner, PhD, Drexel University

APRIL 05 – Immigration to the City
Caroline Golab, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University

APRIL 12 – The Hidden City: Archaeology of Philadelphia
Rebecca Yamin, PhD, John Milner Associates, Inc.

APRIL 19 – Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill
David Brownlee, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

APRIL 26 – Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley
William Whitaker, Curator, Architectural Archives,
University of Pennsylvania

MAY 03 – Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia
Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, Drexel University


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