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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.

Grasso Holdings Hits A Flat Note With New Rivage Site Design

Grasso Holdings Hits A Flat Note With New Rivage Site Design

June 17, 2016  |  Vantage

  Since 2011, one of Philadelphia’s more prominent design-and-build firms, Onion Flats, has been a partner in the redevelopment by owner Grasso Holdings of East Falls' > more

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

March 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Drexel University unveiled the next phase of their Innovation Neighborhood earlier this month with the announcement of Schuylkill Yards. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes a look at plans for the ambitious new district with an eye on feasibility and design > more

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

January 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Design-wise, plans for the Boyd Theater site at 1900 Chestnut Street has been doomed from the get-go. Pearl Properties' first architect for the project, Eimer Architects, couldn't deliver a quality blueprint to match the prime Center City site. Enter Cecil Baker + Partners. With thoughtful consideration to neighborhood stakeholders and a mind for smart urbanism, Baker's redesign sets plans for the the site right. Contributor Stephen Stofka has this Q&A with the architect who picked up the pieces and saved the project from a deadlock > more

Preservation Still A Question As Developer Releases Preliminary Plans For 1911 Walnut

Preservation Still A Question As Developer Releases Preliminary Plans For 1911 Walnut

December 15, 2015  |  News

New plans for developing Rittenhouse Square's long empty lot on Walnut Street have emerged, while the fate of three historic buildings on the 1900 block of Sansom Street still hang in the balance. Stephen Stofka reports > more

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In “Verdant Temple,” A Unifying Vision For A Disjointed Campus

November 13, 2015  |  Vantage

Temple University's ambitious redesign plan aims to transform their disjointed main campus with accessibility, connectivity, identity, and open, public green space. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes an in-depth look at the Verdant Temple Master Plan > more