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By Nova Harris on Apr 13, 2015
Join us for a free preview of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia on Friday, May 8, from 5:30-7:00pm . The evening will include a panel discussion with Monument Lab curators Ken Lum , Paul Farber , and A. Will Brown and a reception with happy hour refreshments. Registration is requested here . What is Monument Lab ? Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia is a public art and urban research project taking place this Spring from May 15-June 7. Through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, the project asks a central guiding question: What is... more
1200 Block of Pearl Street; Concept Rendering. Courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative
By Nova Harris on Apr 7, 2015
This past March, architects, artists, builders and creative professionals of all types applied to take part in DesignPhiladelphia's 2015 marquee event, Pearl Street Passage . After much deliberation, the curatorial committee and DesignPhiladelphia are happy to announce the teammembers who will help build Philadelphia's next great public space! The following multidisciplinary teams were assembled based on a unique mix of experience, past works, and creative missions. We also received interest from a few students/young professionals, who have been included as Students/Junior Members. Drumroll, please... The teams for the 2015 Pearl Street Passage project will be: Team 1: Scout – Urban... more
Rendering of proposed layouts courtesy Hargreaves Associates
By Elizabeth Paul on Mar 26, 2015
On Tuesday, March 24, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department and Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted a public meeting to present new design concepts for the reimagining of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park. Hargreaves Associates, the project’s lead architectural firm, carefully incorporated citizen defined goals to produce four plans consisting of the same elements but with different layouts. Each plan features a lawn, fountain, garden, food truck area, seating, and visitor center. The final design will be announced at a public meeting on April 30, but before the decision is made, the design team welcomes public feedback. Let’s take a look at the... more