PennPraxis

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.

In 2017, PennPraxis worked 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.

Map of Market Value of Owner-Occupied Homes, 2016

Managing Equitable Development in West Philadelphia was a project organized by representatives of three schools of the University of Pennsylvania.

The shortage of affordable rental units is a national reality, but is particularly profound in the city of Philadelphia. According to the U.S.

The chance for PennDesign students to engage with local community groups and projects for an extended amount of time in a meaningful capacity is often limited to design studios and a few special occasions throughout their time in the School of Design.

Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis, the engagement and consulting arm of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has published a new white paper entitled Civic Infrastructure: Sustaining and Sharing the Value of Parks, Libraries, and Other Public Assets that calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships.

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.

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

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.