Pearl Street Passage

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Pearl Street Passage
June 4, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival, Pearl Street Passage
We've announced the teams for DesignPhiladelphia's Pearl Street Passage and now's your chance to get to know them a little better! In the next several weeks we'll be profiling each team. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to the first two! Team 1: C/S/W - Scout, The Challenge Program, & Working Michael Scout is a collective of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers who like to think about design at a city scale. With a diverse mix of expertise - from design and planning to project management and community engagement - they bring a thoughtful pragmatism to their work, ensuring successful project delivery. They are excited by projects of a public nature and explore this dynamic in every project they do be it an installation or a business feasibility study. The Challenge Program ’s mission is to provide vocational training for Delaware’s at-risk youth to empower them with the confidence, skills and purpose needed to become productive members of society. Since 1995, the Challenge Program has offered young people the opportunity to learn valuable construction skills, assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED and job placement services. Working Michael is freelance designer Michael Collett. His methods...more
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1200 Block of Pearl Street; Concept Rendering. Courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative
April 7, 2015 | Pearl Street Passage, 2015 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
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 Design Firm The Challenge Program – Fabricators Working Michael – Graphic designer Team 2: Ewing Cole – Architectural design firm PJA Architecture & B Fabrications – Fabricators J.E. Kim – Choreographer/performer/media artist Alexandra Schmidt – Interior design student/junior team member Team 3: Jonathan Alderson – Landscape architecture firm Provenance Architecturals – Architectural salvage and fabrication Jeanne Lombardo – 3D mixed media artist/sculptor Margaret Williamson – Sustainable urban design student/junior team member Team 4: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – Architectural design firm StudioRON – Fabricators Worldtown Sound System – Musicians Team 5: Gensler – Architectural design firm Postgreen Homes & Hybrid Construction...more
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March 18, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, Pearl Street Passage, 2015 Festival
Attention all creative folks! We would like to update you on a few of the improvements we have made since our Pearl Street Passage Information Session on February 24th; including finding a solution that will not require individual team members to have their own separate insurance policies! Due to this important change, the deadline to confirm your interest has been extended to March 24th.more
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January 29, 2015 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2015 Festival, Pearl Street Passage
Fresh off its 10th anniversary celebration, DesignPhiladelphia is back and planning to make an even bigger impact in 2015. This year's Festival will kick off the evening of October 8th with programming running from October 8-16th. To get your creative juices flowing and inspire you in planning experiences that demonstrate the power of design - this year's theme is SHIFT - as in: a shift in perspective, shifting into motion, or a transformation/change.more
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Goldtex Building – high end housing comes to old Chinese neighborhood. Courtesy of Joseph G. Brin

January 19, 2015 | Pearl Street Passage, 2015 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia, Buzz About the Center
You don't have to wrack your brains when a completed puzzle box image is your guide. No one has any idea what the newly assembled urban puzzle of Philadelphia's Chinatown will look like, yet three big pieces, seemingly mismatched in size, shape, and purpose, have emerged. Walking the city from one puzzle piece to the next, you begin to grasp the challenge. Connections between these geographically separate pieces are genuine and promising, yet more conceptual than physical. Their power to catalyze and unify must be born out in time. In October, DesignPhiladelphia 2014 revealed in a public forum that, starting this year, a puzzle comprised of a community center with housing (The Tower), a derelict alleyway (The Alley/Pearl St.), and an old railway viaduct (The Rail Park) will begin to dramatically transform and, in ways preserve, an ethnic neighborhood dating back to 1870.more