PennPraxis

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With support from PennPraxis, the consulting arm of PennDesign, alumnus Nick McClintock (M.Arch/MLA’16) and partners Gilad Meron and Mia Scharphie have just launched the Proactive Practices Research Collaborative, a platform for research, publications and workshops that empowers designers to pursue socially impactful work and develop business models that are financially sustainable, filling a critical gap in the design professions.
The Neighborhood Exchange Box is received by Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia from Mt. Airy 

The Neighborhood Exchange Box is received by Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia from Mt. Airy 

Photo credit: Brad Maule

If a Philadelphia neighborhood could send a gift box to another neighborhood, filled with all of the things that make its community unique, what would go in the box?
Audience asking questions

Questions from the audience fueled the discussion

Photo credit: Gordon Stillman 

On September 20, 2016 PennPraxis convened representatives from the Philadelphia design, planning, and entrepreneurial community to discuss their experiences working with
Memorial Hall, home to the Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, home to the Please Touch Museum

West Fairmount Park is an area with incredible amenities born of a rich history.
Apprentices Ky and Robert learning about solar installation.

Apprentices Ky and Robert learning about solar installation.

The PennPraxis Serenity Soular team (Laura Rigell MCP ’17, Cari Krol MCP ’17, Nikita Jathan MArch ’18, Margaret Gregg MArch ‘18) embarked upon the next phase of its collaboration with Serenity House and Swarthmore College in June 2016.
Randy Mason, PennPraxis and Patrick Morgan, Knight Foundation, lead a group in formulating ideas

Randy Mason, PennPraxis and Patrick Morgan, Knight Foundation, lead a group in formulating ideas

Armed with maps, markers, and creative minds, representatives of the five sites included in the Reimagining the Civic Commons
Person taking picture of the BLOSSOM sculpture

BLOSSOM Interactive was installed on Penn campus from September 16 to October 1, 2016 to raise hunger awareness with local philanthropies

Blog post written by Phillip Chang (IPD '17), a graduate student studying Integrated Product Design at PennDesign.
People eating at picnic tables at Bartram's Garden

Community members fill an empty lot along Viola Street with warmth and pride; photo Ben Bryant

For a bright afternoon in September, an alley in Philadelphia’s East Parkside neighborhood became much more than a narrow passageway; it was transformed into a lively gathering space for learning, celebrating, and meeting new neighbors.
Sculpture shaped light blossoming bud

Image credit Morgan Rees, The Daily Pennsylvanian

Thousands of people in the Philadelphia community deal with hunger each day often suffering in silence.
Ernest Hexamer, “Gray’s Ferry Chemical Works, Volume 29, Plate 2777-2778, Philadelphia, PA: Ernest Hexamer, 1894. 

Ernest Hexamer, “Gray’s Ferry Chemical Works, Volume 29, Plate 2777-2778, Philadelphia, PA: Ernest Hexamer, 1894. 

PennPraxis is currently working with Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) to understand the legacy of innovation at Pennovation Works and interpret this history on site.
Phase 01 of the new Peace Park begins construction. Photocredit: Gordon Stillman

Phase 01 of the new Peace Park begins construction. Photocredit: Gordon Stillman

Last week at my job a white man in a suit walked into our building asking for someone whose name we did not know but worked for our landlord. While my coworker and I looked perplexed, someone appeared outside our building waving at the man to come outside.
PennDesign students prepare for the community clean up of North Philly Peace Park.

PennDesign students prepare for the community clean up of North Philly Peace Park.

PennDesign’s Diverse Design have been working with North Philly Peace Park and Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia to plan a multi-day eve

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