PennPraxis

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Dilworth Plaza. Credit: David Swift via Flickr

The constantly shifting concept of “public good” poses a challenge to designers, stewards and managers of public space, as well as to politicians, elected officials, community leaders and citizens.

Arts Building and Cloister. Photo Credit: Architectural Conservation Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

PennPraxis was awarded a grant from the Getty Foundation to develop a conservation management plan for The George Nakashima House and Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania. 

National Portland Cement Complex. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Preston Hull

The value of Lehigh Valley is visualized across its industrial landscapes where the architectural remains of quarries, kilns and mills from the last two centuries are part of the history of the nation’s great industrial era.

Bruce Mau is internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics. His most recent work applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems.

North Brother Island, Credit: Christopher Payne

North Brother Island is a valuable historic landscape and a fragile reserve of significant ecological value.

Credit: Gilad Meron

Social Impact Projects are intended to foster more cross-disciplinary collaboration at PennDesign, encourage students to work within the community, and leverage their design ability to benefit communities in need.

LOVE Park

In June 2014, the City of Philadelphia sold LOVE Park’s underground garage to InterPark of Chicago, with immediate plans to improve the garage and make it handicapped accessible. This construction project presented the City with the opportunity to rethink the park on the top of the underground garage as a more pedestrian-friendly and seamless part of the surrounding streetscape.
In 2013, Penn Praxis was awarded funding to conduct a study to identify low-cost early actions and longer-term investments to improve connectivity to and through East and West Fairmount Park.
In Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway evolved slowly from a gateway to Fairmount Park into an automobile conduit to the city.

In 2012 and 2013, PennPraxis worked with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and more than 100 key stakeholders to zero in on potential sites in in Philadelphia most worthy of becoming the next generation of “civic landscapes.” PHS has made

The Lower Schuylkill Master Plan was a collaborative effort to create a blueprint for high-quality sustainable redevelopment of the historically industrial corridor along the east and west banks of the Lower Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA.

PennPraxis is working with the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation to create an action plan to help the department meet the mandate for 500 acres of new parkland set forth in Greenworks Philadelphia.