Fresh Beginnings for Industrial Landmarks

AIA Philadelphia


Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EST

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The adaptive reuse of prominent abandoned facilities has positively contributed to the sustainability and vitality of industrial landmarks. The challenges of incorporating contemporary needs into a historic structure requires a creative vision, a sensitive approach, and a little self-control. In this session we will look at the adaptive reuse of two landmarks of different scales that have equally provided positive impact on both a local and regional level.

The Bethlehem Steel plant was a powerful symbol of America’s manufacturing leadership in the Industrial Revolution. Integral to the historic function of the plant, the newly repurposed elevated rail named the Hoover-Mason Trestle creates a dynamic opportunity for the community to once again stand at the foot of the majestic and iconic blast furnaces.


The transformation of the historic High Pressure Fire Service Building at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge into the new headquarters for FingeArts represents a keystone in Philadelphia’s efforts to revitalize its waterfront. The blending of the reuse of this infrastructural building with a new dynamic interactive arts program represents an innovative continuation of the city’s significant industrial legacy.


Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, AICP

Antonio, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable planning and design, is the founding principal of SITIO. His work has garnered numerous design awards and recognition, including: a ULI Global Award of Excellence for the SteelStacks Art and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, PA; an AIA National Urban Design Award for the ... Read More