Historical Commission To Consider Protecting Blue Horizon Exterior

 

The Blue Horizon's auditorium in February, 2014 | Photo: Vince Herbe

The Blue Horizon’s auditorium in February, 2014 | Photo: Vince Herbe

  • As Mosaic Development Partners and Orens Brothers Real Estate continue to accrue the funds necessary for the renovations to the Blue Horizon boxing venue (five years and counting) on North Broad, a committee of the Historical Commission met yesterday to consider whether a historic designation for the 1870s building might be in order. It was decided that an exterior protection ought to be recommended, much to Mosaic and Orens’ displeasure, as they fear their efforts may be stymied by that designation. Plan Philly’s Jared Brey navigates this tricky case.
  • Inga Saffron explores a reconsideration of how playgrounds are designed in America. The conventional, factory-made playgrounds found across the country are too linear and prescriptive, says architectural historian Susan G. Solomon and Robin Moore, founder of the Natural Learning Initiative. While minimizing scrapes and bruises, these designs stunt the psychological development of youngsters, instilling risk aversion at the expense of creativity and independence. The alternative is a form of “loose play” found in “organized learning environments,” where children make their own fun. The chief example of this new thinking to be had in Philadelphia is the celebrated Sister Cities Park in Logan Square, notes The Inquirer columnist. That success has won another commission for its design team at Studio/Bryan Hanes, as the Fairmount Park Conservancy has asked them to plan a topographically focused design for children aged 7-14 by the Please Touch Museum.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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