PennPraxis

Source: Urban Land Institute; Overlay: DLWLCC

How can Grays Ferry Avenue, a wide arterial street weaving through the Southwest Philly neighborhoods that surround Pennovation Works, be remade into a healthy corridor? It's the topic of a new study conducted by the Urban Land Institute in Philadelphia, in partnership with a host of local government agencies, health organizations, and community groups, and led by Julie Donofrio of PennPraxis, chair of the local leadership group tasked with organizing the sixth-month process. 

On December 6, PennPraxis hosted a History Happy Hour at the Pennovation Center with a bleacher-full of researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 432 North 41st Street

A legacy of William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” which fostered religious freedom in the colony of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s historic sacred places have been centers of city life for centuries. They comprise a priceless and irreplaceable architectural and social legacy, particularly for immigrants and African-Americans. But these places also face serious challenges, including migration and displacement, secularization and aging congregations, and privatization of urban space, according to Philadelphia’s Historic Sacred Places, a new report published by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative (PRI) based on an 18-month research project by PennPraxis, with contributions from Partners for Sacred Places. 

Neighbors paint Little Free Library decorations

Sometimes things do not turn out as you planned. Sometimes they turn out even better.

Wassaic Project Artists

A distinct result of the 2016 Presidential election was the realization of the pronounced differences  between rural and urban communities in the United States.

Eakins Oval, a former parking lot hemmed in on all sides by at least four lanes of traffic, may seem like an unlikely place for a family-friendly public park.

On September 14, 2017, PennDesign students gathered to discuss and share their experiences, passions, and questions about community-engaged design.

Established in the spring of 2015, Social Impact Projects are a key PennPraxis initiative.

Outgoing PennPraxis Executive Director and Senior Fellow Randall Mason, PennPraxis Executive Director Ellen Neises

As the center for applied research, outreach, and practice at PennDesign, PennPraxis has quietly but steadily become a go-to source for expert analysis and perspective on how to make Philadelphia—and cities around the United States—more livable and equitable. It has also become central to the School’s mission of advancing the public good in training the next generation of artists, designers, and planners. This summer PennDesign Dean Frederick Steiner appointed Ellen Neises to be its next executive director. 

West Fairmount Park is an area with incredible amenities born of a rich history.

“Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving.” -IDEO

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature…of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” –Bill Mollison, 1978

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