Lower Schuylkill Master Plan adopted by the Planning Commission
LRSLAstudio was the landscape architectural consultant on the multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing a master plan for the Schuylkill River corridor in southwest Philadelphia, one of the City's largest and last tracts of land yet to be redeveloped. Our scope of work involved spearheading a plan for the area's multi-functional green stormwater infrastructure, trails and open spaces. The goal of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan is to create a new identity for the area as an industrial hub, attracting jobs and economic activity in an environmentally sustainable way. Philadelphia City Planning Commission adopted the plan earlier this week.
The Porch at 30th Street Station: ASLA Award Recipient
LRSLAstudio is happy to share the news that our project, The Porch at 30th Street Station, received a Merit Award from the Pennsylvania–Delaware Chapter of the ASLA, in the 2013 Professional Awards Program. Our design improves the civic open space surrounding Philadelphia's Amtrak 30th Street Station. Thousands of people live, work, and commute in and around The Porch every day. The design, site improvements, and event programming of the site has transformed this previously underutilized area into a attractive, safe, accessible, comfortable, and welcoming gateway filled with plants and cheerful site amenities. Thanks and congratulations to all those involved with the actualization of this project.
ENCORE: CURATED CULTURE / A New Vision for South Broad Street
LRSLAstudio was one of four finalists chosen for "A New Vision for South Broad Street", a competition sponsored by the Avenue of the Arts, Inc. to envision South Broad Street from City Hall to Washington Avenue, as one of Philadelphia's most important destinations, as well as a vital gateway to the front door for much of the city's artistic, commercial and residential life. Our proposal, ENCORE: CURATED CULTURE links South Broad Street with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, creating a continuous arts and culture promenade, extending from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a new Kunsthalle Philadelphia at Washington Avenue. For additional information check out the following:
Design Philadelphia: Reframing the View
LRSLAstudio's Design Philadelphia interactive event for 2012 featured interventions to change the 1500 block of Latimer Street in Center City. Specially loaded View-Masters presented a series of subtle, strategic, and practical interventions to transform a mundane, ordinary street into a functional, sustainable, fantastical environment. For additional information check out the following:
Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up
LRSLAstudio is participating in the Community Design Collaborative's Infill Philadelphia:Soak It Up Exhibition.
Dive into an exhibition of great green designs that soak up stormwater and create engaging, beautiful, and fun places to be in the city. Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Water Department, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative, this juried national exhibition aims to inspire a new wave of local projects that support Philadelphia’s innovative stormwater management plan, Green City, Clean Waters.
Free and open to the public. September 17 through October 19.
Center for Architecture
1218 Arch st.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For additional information check out the following:
Park(ing) Day 2012
LRSLAstudio's annual Park(ing) Day installation is located on South Broad Street between Walnut and Locust Streets. Join us on Friday, September 21st as we reclaim and repurpose a little piece of the urban street!
Dickinson Square Park Grand Re-opening Celebration
LRSLAstudio, along with representatives from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, DCNR and local community members, celebrated the completion of the long-awaited renovations to Dickinson Square Park. The new "reactivated" park is a cherished public green and provides the surrounding neighborhood and the entire Philadelphia community, with a functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing park.
Hawthorne Park Dedication
The long awaited and much-anticipated Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine Streets was dedicated and officially opened on July 5th. Designed to be an enduring destination and community hub for a well-deserving neighborhood, Hawthorne Park proudly takes its place among Philadelphia's treasured green spaces. Congratulations and thanks to all those involved in bringing this vision to reality!
For additional online press about the Hawthorne Park, check out the following:
LRSLAstudio Welcomes New Staff
LRSLAstudio is please to announce that Tamara Henry and Justin DiPietro have joined our design team.
Tammy is a 2011 graduate of The University of Pennsylvania's School of Design where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning degree. Before entering the field of landscape architecture, Tammy worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency. She joins LRSLAstudio as a Landscape Designer.
Justin joins LRSLAstudio as a Senior Landscape Architect with ten years of professional design, construction and horticultural experience. Justin studied at Temple University, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 2001.
The Porch at 30th Street Station: In Bloom and in the News
The Porch at 30th Street Station is #98 in Dwell Magazine's "The Now 99 - Ideas, People, Products & Plans Defining Today's Design Landscape." (April 2012)
Also of interest at The Porch, is the everchanging spring palette of plants now blooming.
For a calendar of events at The Porch click here.
Dedication of John F. Collins Park in Celebration of Olmsted's Birthday
LRSLAstudio participated in a dual celebration commemorating Frederick Law Olmsted's 190th birthday and the dedication of John F. Collins Park at 17th and Chestnut Streets.
Hawthorne Park, a Piece of Philadelphia's Green2015 Plan
Hawthorne Park is currently under construction and, when complete, will become not only a much-needed green space in South Philadelphia's Hawthorne neighborhood but will also become a part of Philadelphia's Green2015 Plan. Click here read more about the history of Hawthorne Park.
Lower Schuylkill Master Plan Public Involvement Kick-Off
In a project initiated by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the Lower Schuylkill River is undergoing a master planning process. LRSLAstudio is excited to be a part of the team led by Chan Krieger/NBBJ. Over the course of two public meetings on January 18th and 19th, the design team solicited ideas for the Lower Schuylkill from the community. Read more about it here.
LRSLAstudio Project Appears in Context Magazine
LRSLAstudio's Benjamin Franklin Parkway project is featured in the Fall/Winter edition of Context, the journal of AIA Philadelphia. Check out the article online here.