11 Hidden Architectural Gems of Philadelphia

In the lead-up to the American Institute of Architects 2016 Conference hosted in Philadelphia, some of the city’s prominent members are letting us in on their favorite places to visit. Drexel’s own Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished professor of architecture and interiors in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, is featured this week with a look at Race Street Pier.

“Almost from the start when this opened it became an absolute magnet, it has great places to sit in the sun, incredible views of the [Ben Franklin] bridge,” Steinberg said. “This is a herald of what the waterfront could be.”

Steinberg, who has been a champion for the preservation and reinvigoration of public space in Philadelphia, is one of 11 Philadelphians to participate in the video series.

Some of the other paces that will be presented between now and the start of the conference on May 19 include East Passyunk Avenue, Common Threads Mural, The Rohm and Haas Building, Chinatown, Three Bears Park, Wayne Junction Station, Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, Dilworth Park, Divine Lorraine Hotel and Lowes Philadelphia Hotel.

Visit AIA Philadelphia’s “Spaces We Love” over the next couple months to see the whole list: http://aiaphiladelphia.org/video-series/spaces-we-love

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