There are not one but three DesignPhiladelphia Festival events exploring the viaduct! SURFACE is an exhibition by Julia Blaukopf of wallpaper and tile imprinted with photographic images of the historic Philadelphia and Reading Railroad just north of Center City. The images were taken upon the viaduct and from within the submerged sections. The exhibition is designed to draw attention to VIADUCTgreene's vision for a 3-mile linear park through the heart of Philadelphia.
SURFACE will open with a reception on Thursday, October 11 from 5-9pm, and will be on view at CITYSPACE (2200 Walnut Street) from October 12-14. Event Details >> Listing on DP Festival Calendar
If you're interested in learning more about the viaduct's future, be sure to also check out Design VIADUCTgreene/DesignPhiladelphia on Saturday, October 13 from 3-5pm at Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill Street). Through the Community Design Collaborative, VIADUCTgreene has teamed up with OLIN, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, CVM, and VJ Associates to develop conceptual designs for a 3-block stretch of what could become a 3-mile linear park connecting many neighborhoods to Fairmount Park. As part of the Festival, VIADUCTgreene wants your input on envisioning the great potential of this soaring and submersive civic space. Bring your ideas and be prepared to let your imaginations run wild. Snacks and bar, too! Event Details >> Listing on DP Festival Calendar above | below | beyond charts the work of Penn and Temple design studios from spring 2012, exploring possible design interventions for abandoned rail lines in Philadelphia. This ongoing exhibition at Next American City's Storefront for Urban Innovation (2816 West Girard Avenue) is meant to be a springboard and catalyst for further conversation about redevelopment of the Reading Railroad as a public, regenerative space. Inspired by the space’s unique structure, pervasive wild vegetation, the railroad’s dramatic elevation changes, and its location in many Philadelphia neighborhoods, students took on creative inventions to incorporate this historic relic into a diverse and engaging civil experience. Co-Organizers Diana Fernandez, Susan Kolber, Amy Syverson came together wanting to share the process behind their classmates’ work and engage Philadelphian’s to get involved in imagining the railroad’s future. above | below | beyond will be on display through December 5, 2012 at Next American City's HQ, Monday-Friday 11am - 6pm. Celebrate at the exhibition opening during DesignPhiladelphia on Friday, October 12 from 6 to 10pm. Event Details >> Listing on DP Festival Calendar >> Story on Next American City >> abovebelowbeyond.org Check out the above | below | beyond Kickstarter video for insight into the student project!