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Stephen Stofka

Stephen Stofka is interested in the urban form and the way we change it. A graduate of the Geography and Urban Studies program at Temple University, he enjoys examining the architecture, siting, streetscapes, transportation, access, and other subtle elements that make a city a city.

Drexel's New Face

Drexel’s New Face

February 7, 2012  |  Vantage

Brutalism made fertile, says Stephen Stofka about Drexel University's new Papdakis Integrated Sciences Center, reviewed here > more

Suburban, Exurban, New Urban South Philadelphia

Suburban, Exurban, New Urban South Philadelphia

February 3, 2012  |  Vantage

Take the Stofka tour through the deepest, farthest reaches of South Philly > more

The Architecture of Wissahickon: Urban, Suburban, Mid-Century, Victorian

The Architecture of Wissahickon: Urban, Suburban, Mid-Century, Victorian

January 20, 2012  |  Vantage

Wissahickon--the extreme lowest part of Lower Roxborough--moves from city to suburb and back again, in both Victorian and mid-century variations, in little more than a short trek up or down the hill. Join Steve Stofka as he probes this area with his ever-inquisitive eye > more

In Roxborough, Will Land Use Mistakes Follow Ethics Violations?

In Roxborough, Will Land Use Mistakes Follow Ethics Violations?

January 18, 2012  |  Soapbox

A developer's proposal for the former Ivy Ridge Personal Care facility, which closed in 2009 after massive criminal violations, falls short of our urban expectations > more

Behind Victorians

Behind Victorians

January 16, 2012  |  Vantage

Take an exhaustive grand tour of Parkside with the careful--and hopeful--eye of Stephen Stofka > more