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Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, late afternoon, flickr photo by George Berstein

Philadelphia is known as a city of neighborhoods. So how do we help these areas of the City preserve their unique qualities? PennPraxis’ recent work with the Chestnut Hill Conservancy is a demonstration of how this can happen.

The Oval; Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

In 2016 Philadelphia’s Mayor, Jim Kenney, announced an ambitious $500 – $700 million project to reinvigorate, re-purpose, and transform the city’s community infrastructure and civic realm to meet the needs of contemporary

Conceptual rendering of aerial view. Photo from Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services

PennPraxis is engaged with the University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services to deliver a historical research and interpretation strategy for the Pennovatio

Small group discussion at the June 21st Innovation Fund workshop. Photo credit Darcy Anders.

PennPraxis is currently engaged with the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) on two projects in conjunction with their Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) initiative, funded

Philly Free Streets 2016. By Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in September 2015 was influential in many ways, none more so than as serving as the inspiration for the

Nyamata Church. Photo by Randall Mason.

Conservation of Rwanda’s national genocide memorials grows with urgency each passing year.  Deterioration of buildings, sites, and artifacts threaten the ability of Rwandans to mourn, commemorate and interpret the deeply meaningful and troubling events surrounding the 1994 genocide.&nb

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.

Hunts Point LIfelines, Bronx, New York

PennDesign/PennPraxis, in partnership with OLIN, led one of the 6 winning entries in the Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S.

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.

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.