PennPraxis

PennPraxis is working with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) and a team of community-driven consultants from across Philadelphia to shape the identity of the future Park at Penn’s Landing.

Philadelphia twin rowhouses that have had neighboring houses demolished

The Urban Heritage Project addresses issues at the intersection of built heritage, cultural landscape, societal change through multi-disciplinary research and practice.

PennPraxis provides geospatial data analysis and expertise on planning the built environment to the Communication Neuroscience Lab's "Geoscanning" project.

Toolkit front cover

Designed by SAYGRID

In 2018, PennPraxis led the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Project, which resulted in the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit (Toolkit)--a new, free resource to build a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia.

PennPraxis conducted a survey-based evaluation process for the Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places / Civic Spaces project, a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places, with North 4th LLC as project managers.

Cover of Civic Infrastructure
Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis published a white paper 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.

Innovation through the centuries. Pennovation Works

PennPraxis is engaged with the University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services to deliver a historical research and interpretation strategy for the Pennovation Works campus. Pennovation Works is Penn’s new hub for research and innovation, located in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Grays Ferry.

Two people looking at photographs.

PennPraxis worked with the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) on two long-term projects in conjunction with their Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation

Map of Gray's Ferry area.

Grays Ferry Avenue Study Area

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.

People riding bicycles in front of a mural.

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.

Row houses in Philadelphia

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

Map of West Philadelphia

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.