When John Heisman coached football at Franklin Field in the 1920s (yes, the namesake of the Heisman Trophy played and coached at Penn), it was a single-tier stadium…READ MORE


The High Line is a Depression-era elevated rail freight line that runs for almost a mile and a half above street-level and along and through buildings in a part of lower Manhattan that once bustled with factories and warehouses. Active for about 50 years, the steel viaduct was abandoned by the 1980s and became an overgrown secret garden for graffiti artists and urban explorers…READ MORE

What grade-school boy hasn’t dreamed of dismantling the buildings that imprison him on a beautiful October day? Bob Beaty is living that dream. But for him, it’s an act of respect, not rebellion. Along with his partners, Beaty runs an architectural salvage and deconstruction company called Provenance… READ MORE

The proposed Barnes Tower on 21st above the Parkway is the talk of my extended neighborhood. Like all good policy issues, it’s about several things at once. But demagogues like to reduce issues to a single thing, and here that thing is height. It’s kind of like reducing the life of Napoleon to his height…READ MORE

Louis Kahn, one of Penn’s greatest teachers of the last century, said, “The city is the place of availabilities. It is the place where a small boy, as he walks through it, may see something that will tell him what he wants to do his whole life.” I remember the exact moment I saw something in a city that made me want to be an architect. I was 16, and my parents were dropping me off at college. On the way, we went to New York to meet my only relatives in the East: my great-great-Aunt Opal and Uncle Lou…READ MORE