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Proposals from the Parkway Ideas Workshop

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Virtual on Zoom


This spring, Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) selected three design firms to participate in an “Ideas Workshop” to reimagine the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, focusing on improving the pedestrian experience. The selected terms were Design Workshop, DLANDstudio + DIGSAU, and MVRDV. Coordinated by the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel, the workshop was kicked off on June 9, and the designers presented their work on July 14. The City is now selecting one of the teams to take the project forward.


Harris Steinberg will join David Brownlee to explain, analyze, and evaluate the three proposals, and they will invite the audience to join the discussion. You can preview the three proposals, as presented on July 14, here.



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David Brownlee

David Brownlee, FSAH, is an historian of modern architecture and an emeritus professor of the history of art at Penn. His wide-ranging scholarship on European and American topics includes architectural histories of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997) and the Barnes Foundation (2012) and Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (new edition 2017).

Harris Steinberg

Harris Steinberg, FAIA, is an urban planner and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Previously, as founding director of Penn Praxis at the University of Pennsylvania, he led the civic engagement and design process that created the award-winning 2007 plan for the central Delaware River. This was followed in 2013 by “More Park, Less Way,” a proposal for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.