PennPraxis

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PennPraxis is undertaking research and civic engagement activities addressing several knowledge deficits that are crucial for the long-term sustainability of civic investments, and telling the story of Philadelphia’s work on public space, community infra

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 Oldfields estate and allée approaching the Lilly House

Not all of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's prized collections are located inside its building; in fact, some of the most famous works in the museum's collections are buildings themselves.

PennPraxis is working in conjunction with ULI Philadelphia and local stakeholders to determine opportunities for making Grays Ferry Avenue, which connects South and Southwest Philadelphia, a healthy corridor.

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

Held on September 24, 2016, Philadelphia's first Philly Free Streets temporarily closed streets to create a continuous, vehicle-free path from South Street to West Fairmount Park, designed to encourage free movement across neighborhoods.

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.