Reimagining Philly’s Urban Spaces

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Reimagining Philly’s Urban Spaces 

What and who are hanging out along Pear Street in Philadelphia? It’s the Pearl Street Passage, a collection of design projects greening the Chinatown North Callowhill neighborhood in an attempt to remind Philly to dream green. Curators of the temporary installation project say this is a precursor to the upcoming Reading Viaduct Rehabilitation in this very neighborhood.

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Dancers performing within an art installation.

Dancers performing within an art installation.

Groundswell & Design Center for Architecture have combined talent & resources to highlight collaboration in design. Laura Rennekamp, Project Manager/Curator at Groundswell Design Group, shared that the goal of the project is to create a collaborative green space within a blighted alleyway of Pearl Street to explore the possibilities of urban space. Rennekamp said, “Reimagining our alleyway to share with people and share our time.”

Hip Hop Fundamentals performing for the Pearl Street Block party audience.

Hip Hop Fundamentals performing for the Pearl Street Block party audience. Photo credit:Su Mathew

You can also catch dancers, DJs, bands while buying some produce from local farmers along the Pearl Street Block Party.  The exhibition will be open to the public throughout the weekend of October 8th through Oct 11th.

Justin Dula, contributing artist.

Justin Dula, contributing artist.

Justin Dula, a local Philadelphia artist, is sharing his ideas on collaboration, green spaces and industrial areas with his Paricscope tower installation- which he hopes to convey the potential future of the viaduct by combining green space with an industrial neighborhood. Dula wants to remind people  to look up & see the skyline alongside a green landscape.

Justin Dula's installation -Parascope Tower

Justin Dula’s installation -Parascope Tower

Neighbors can look forward to more installations, projects and viaduct tours in the upcoming weeks for local artists and design groups.

Follow Lynda Grace Art on Instagram to see original weaving arts.

Follow Lynda Grace Art on Instagram to see original weaving arts.

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