Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's not to like about the Dilworth Plaza make-over

A founding member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America, a national organization devoted to the advocacy of traditional design in the modern world, says phooey to the plaza plan.

What's not to like about the Dilworth Plaza make-over

Renderings of a revised Dilworth Plaza. An overview of the plaza, and, left, one of the two swooping glass headhouses leading to the proposed transit room.
Renderings of a revised Dilworth Plaza. An overview of the plaza, and, left, one of the two swooping glass headhouses leading to the proposed transit room. KieranTimberlake and Olin

"The latest plan to redesign Dilworth Plaza is deeply troubling," writes Alvin Holm, a Center City-based architect.

Holm is a founding member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America, a national organization devoted to the advocacy of traditional design in the modern world, and a former president of the group's Philadelphia chapter. 

His main beef with the Center City District-driven make-over of the plaza next to City Hall? It ain't broke.

Read more of Holm's views on the Inquirer Commentary Page. For a different perspective, read the recent Inquirer commentary from two officers of the Design Advocacy Group, who don't object to the idea of a plaza redesign.

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