LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza will participate on panel discussions on Friday, March 8, at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. Constantine’s panel, “Density that Doesn’t Look Dense: Meeting the Surging Demand for In-Town Housing,” will explore how “Missing Middle” housing can accommodate the demand for housing needs in communities that already feel too dense to build. Cosenza’s session, “Preparing your Community for Redevelopment,” will discuss how municipalities can take steps to develop and create a vision for more attractive communities.
LRK is excited to announce that Chad Boardman has joined the Philadelphia office as a project architect. Boardman joins LRK with more than 12 years of experience in commercial, education, and residential architecture, including: senior living, mixed-income, and market-rate housing. Boardman is currently contributing his expertise to an LRK-designed high-rise residential apartment tower in Houston’s Museum District.
Daily Memphian - LRK embraces art as an essential element in building design as evidenced by recent projects such as the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center in Dallas, the Crosstown Arts Theater and Artspace Lofts in Memphis, and most recently Kreate Space in Philadelphia. For Kreate Space, LRK is currently leading the adaptive reuse of a historic school and transforming the structure into studio space for artists and makers. LRK's Eli Storch says their goal is to create a functional welcoming building that won't "compete with the creative community who will bring this space to life." Read more.
Philly Voice - LRK recently participated in Philadelphia's 14th annual PARK(ing) Day. Founded in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) Day consists of artists, designers, activists, and citizens converting metered parking into temporary public space to illustrate how valuable public space is to cities. This article showcases photos of LRK’s space, as well as the other amazing transformations around town. Read more.
LRK’s Philadelphia office is honored to have been recognized by Community Design Collaborative as the 2017 Rookie of the Year, one of only eight awards presented at Leverage 2018 on April 10th. Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, raising awareness of the importance of design in revitalizing communities. The “Rookie of the Year” award was presented “for exemplary work and enthusiasm as a new volunteer” and recognizes LRK team members for their efforts in transformative community design provided on a pro bono basis, including a recent mixed-use project for Mt. Vernon Manor CDC in the challenged Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
Several members of LRK’s Philadelphia studio have volunteered their design skills to help the Community Design Collaborative, an organization that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, with a conceptual design for affordable housing.
The design for Mount Vernon Manor, located in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia, required 200 volunteer hours.
A long-vacant rowhome and two adjacent vacant lots offer Mount Vernon Manor CDC an opportunity to pursue a mixed-use development combining its new offices with affordable apartments. A recessed “front porch” and a glass storefront will draw residents into the CDC’s offices, which will include a community room accommodating 100. A separate entrance with an elevator will make the apartments above accessible. The renovated rowhome next door will provide a family with affordable housing. Read more.
Take a virtual tour of the transformed Waterside neighborhood development that features an eight-acre riverfront park, nearby transit, and a variety of housing types. Located in Bensalem, Penn., Waterside strengthens the Delaware River’s prominence with a half-mile linear greenway animated with trails, marina, shops, and cafes. LRK provided planning services for this project Mignatti Companies.
LRK's Philadelphia Office Working with San Antonio Housing Authority on Transformation Plan for Alazan Courts
San Antonio Express News - LRK’s Philadelphia office is working with the San Antonio Housing Authority to develop a collaborative Transformation Plan (TP) for the city’s Alazan Courts neighborhood and an FY 2017 Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant submission. Nando Micale assisted the housing authority in unveiling its plans at a commmunity meeting Wednesday night. Read more.
LRK's Philadelphia office was recognized by AIA Pennsylvania as one of the 2017 AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals. The three main criteria for the Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals recognition includes the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm throughout the ARE testing process.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, daylong global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public mini-parks, or "parklets". In Philadelphia, approximately 60 volunteer teams design, build, and install these temporary 170 square-foot parklets throughout the city as a gift to their fellow citizens.
LRK is excited to announce the opening of its newest studio location in Philadelphia’s Center City. Led by Principals Jim Constantine, Gonzalo Echeverria, and Nando Micale, LRK Philadelphia will expand the firm’s full-service architectural, urban design, planning, and interior design services to the Mid-Atlantic. This new studio will capitalize on the regional growth along the Northeast Corridor and is anchored by Philadelphia’s resurgence as a headquarters city and a destination for millennials.