• Walbert Avenue streetscape for South Whitehall

  • Amphitheater design for South Whitehall

  • Quarry heritage reinvented, Slate Belt Studio

  • Redevelopment strategy for flood-prone industrial brownfield

Lehigh Valley Futures

FutureLV: The Regional Plan (Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 2019)

PennPraxis and PennDesign students and faculty, led by Ellen Neises, have worked with several clients and communities in the Lehigh Valley on a series of design projects, including the design of parks and civic streetscapes in the South Whitehall area of Allentown, and collaboration with 11 towns to imagine new futures for slate quarries as heritage parks and other placemaking and economic development projects. PennPraxis is in the process of developing a concept design and framework plan for a 7-mile section of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor from Allentown to Cementon. These Lehigh Valley projects look at how programming can express diverse cultures and histories and act as infrastructure for building social capital, economic assets, collective experience and active, participatory stewardship.


Ellen Neises, Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, Lori Kanter Tritsch Executive Director, PennPraxis
Shannon Rafferty, Landscape Architecture
Joshua Ketchum, Landscape Architecture, Architecture
Jayson Latady, Landscape Architecture
Sharvari Mhatre, Architecture