Some Love For Washington Square’s Mid-Century “Cheese Grater”

 

Architect Rich Villa praises the rhythmic composition of Oskar Stonorov's Hopkinson House (1963). | Photo: Ashley Hahn, for Plan Philly

Architect Rich Villa praises the rhythmic composition of Oskar Stonorov’s Hopkinson House (1963) | Photo: Ashley Hahn, PlanPhilly

  • Eyes on the Street stops by Society Hill’s Hopkinson House with Rich Villa of Ambit Architecture, who proposes a popular reevaluation of Oskar Stonorov’s 1963 residential high rise. “I think people look at it and they think of it as a dark hulking mass because it’s on the south side of [Washington Square] … and it’s always in shadow. If you looked from the south side it’s very dynamic, so much shadow and so much shade,“ Villa says.
  • Alaina Mabaso speaks with Christopher Zelov, a local eco-activist, filmmaker and author who collaborated with University of the Arts professor Tony Guido this past semester on “Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis,” a community co-design pilot project by UArts industrial design students and the Spring Garden Community Development Corporation, meant to engender a social culture that supports the use of green design in the future development of Philadelphia. “Their concepts included a small-scale aquaponic garden for the kitchen wall, modular ramps that easily make buildings accessible to all, sustainable composting pails, super-insulation, and modular green surfaces.”
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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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