In June of 2014, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, with Friends of the Rail Park, and led by Asian Arts Initiative was named a recipient of one of 55 grants distributed by ArtPlace America to fund creative placemaking projects across the United States. The grant will fund the revitalization of a 4-block corridor of Pearl Street â€“ from 10th Street to Broad - in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood. The transformation includes long-term capital improvements, such as greening, lighting, and public gathering spaces. The project will be led by Groundswell Design Group, who has an amazing track record of placemaking in Philadelphia; including groundbreaking projects like Spruce Street Harbor Park.
Pearl Street’s transformation will be celebrated and revealed to the public and DesignPhiladelphia will kick off its 2015 Festival with Pearl Street Passage. For several days in October, the 1100 block will be transformed with about 10 installations created by multidisciplinary teams of artists, designers, makers, builders, neighborhood stakeholders and others. The handsome constructions will be experiential, educational and fun. Most of all, the Passage will announce Pearl Street as a place that promotes creativity and social vibrancy.
Rendering courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative
This past March, architects, designers, artists, builders, and creative individuals of all types applied to be considered for a team. Each applicant was evaluated based on experience, past work, and creative mission; and then assembled them into 10 dynamic, multidisciplinary teams by our curatorial committee.
Jonathan Adlerson - landscape architects | Provenance Architecturals - architectural salvage/fabricator | Jeanne Lombardo - 3D mixed media artist/sculptor | Margaret Williamson - sustainable urban design student
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With the eclectic combination of skills and disciplines represented in each team, we can’t wait to see what incredible work they’ll produce! Follow the action - visit our blog for an archive of project posts including the latest press coverage. Join our mailing list below to have information delivered directly to your inbox. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive timely announcements and updates.
Contact Pearl Street Project manager: Laura Rennekamp.