September 1, 2012 |
It can take time for a new building to work out all the kinks, even when the architecture is very good. In the case of Rafael Viñoly's Kimmel Center, which falls well short of that mark, the tweaking has been going on for more than a decade. In the last year, the Broad Street performing arts center has finally begun to set things right, starting with the acoustics in its Verizon Hall. The Kimmel hopes to cross another big headache off its list Tuesday, when it reopens the dramatic, but brutally hot, rooftop terrace on top of its Perelman Theater.
August 9, 2012 |
IT'S AUGUST, and your garden cup overfloweth. Tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers are coming at you fast and furious; the farmer's markets and community-supported agriculture boxes are bursting with fresh produce, beautiful berries and heirloom veggies. If you're feeling like Lucy trying to keep up with the bonbons at the chocolate factory, here's a thought: Why not try drinking some of those fruits and vegetables for a change? Although virgin juicing is one way to go, expert bartenders are finding plenty of inspiration in the garden, using seasonal produce to create cocktails that brim with fresh summer goodness.
May 4, 2012 |
When the Montgomery County commissioners toured the Human Services Center in Norristown earlier this year, they were stopped by two workers. Would it be possible to take the forlorn-looking rooftop garden just off the third floor and make it come alive again, the pair wondered? Why not, said the commissioners. On Wednesday, in a mist more nurturing to perennials than people, several hundred county workers gathered to dedicate the not-so-secret garden that now features park-style benches scattered among raised beds of green-and-white hostas and lacy, red maples.
September 16, 2011
Several Cooper University Hospital employees will be moving into a new 25-unit condominium complex just a couple of blocks away from their employer, in Camden's Cooper Plaza neighborhood. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to mark the completion of the Cooper Building, a $7 million project completed by Newark, N.J.-based M&M Development L.L.C. Thirteen units, ranging in price from $117,000 to $143,000, have been sold and are ready for move-in. Four units are being reserved for affordable housing and will be listed as low as $53,000 for qualifying families, officials said.
June 3, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - On the roof of Glide Memorial Church here, gardeners use wine boxes and coconut coir. In Chicago, they plant on wooden platforms. In New York City, one homeowner installed steel beams. As more people turn to roof gardens to grow their own food, they are coming up with all kinds of ways to keep those plots light, and avert roof sagging and cave-ins. "Weight is a huge factor," says Josephine Quiocho, a project organizer at Graze the Roof, a community garden that grows spinach, mustard, kale, sweet peas, and other crops on Glide Memorial's roof.
March 13, 2011 |
The restaurant is closed, the gift shop shuttered. If you show up at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts just before curtain, the place is lively, and its patrons fill Center City restaurants and garages before and after shows. Most other times, though, the Kimmel Center sits empty and sterile, physical evidence of a promise unfulfilled. Linger too long in the plaza and a security guard will come along and ask you to state your business. The Kimmel was conceived as an energetic public space.
March 6, 2009 |
Most folks visiting the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show haven't the room or the desire to have giant columns like the ones illustrating Roman gardens on the Convention Center floor. But Gordon Hawkins does. In fact, he already has four foam and stucco columns, 8 feet tall and topped with mirror gazing balls, in his rooftop garden in Brooklyn. "Italian gardens are pretty formal and so are my columns," he said this week during a spin around the "Bella Italia"-themed Flower Show, which runs through Sunday.
June 22, 2007 |
Ten bucks doesn't buy much these days, maybe pastry and a latte. But a sawbuck (and a mere fin for kids under 12) will buy you the bargain of the year at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which is throwing another 15- hour Summer Solstice Celebration, an explosion of musical genres. A wristband will enable you to pop in and out of the facility's six venues all night, sampling your musical bag and maybe something unexpected as well. This is the fourth all-night bash (it didn't work out in 2005)
February 1, 2007 |
For the second time since it opened in 2001, a deluge fire-sprinkler system in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts discharged a large amount of water by accident - this time flooding the rooftop garden and the Perelman Theater below. No fire was found, but water released Tuesday sometime between 11 and 11:30 p.m. soaked through the rooftop garden into the theater, its stage, seats and floor, and onto electrical equipment. As a result, this weekend's three performances by the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance company were postponed.
December 15, 2002 |
When planners were out trying to loosen purse strings to help build the $275 million Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, it was sold as an 18-hour generator of street traffic, a major spark to economic development, a home to indigenous arts groups that would flourish amid an outpouring of new support, and an importer of international cultural riches previously unsampled here. Its leaders dangled a restaurant that would become a destination in its own right, and an architecture so iconic that visitors would flock to tour the building - our version of the Sydney Opera House.