Introducing The “Funkier” Side Of Co-Working Spaces

 

“Rendering of the Pennovation plaza, shaded by sycamores, outfitted with tables. The $37.5 million landscape and renovation won't be done until mid-2016, but Penn has already begun leasing space to start-ups.” | Rendering courtesy of HWKN

“Rendering of the Pennovation plaza, shaded by sycamores, outfitted with tables. The $37.5 million landscape and renovation won’t be done until mid-2016, but Penn has already begun leasing space to start-ups.” | Rendering courtesy of HWKN

  • The University of Pennsylvania’s first project to be undertaken at its Grays Ferry  (former DuPont facilities) is the subject of Inga Saffron’s “Changing Skyline” column this week. In order to draw tenants to this as-of-now isolated locale, Pennovation Works seeks to be a funkier and cheaper alternative to the co-working spaces to be had throughout the city. In a $37.5 million renovation of a former factory at 34th & Grays Ferry Avenue, HWKN’s Matthias Hollwich has designed a crystal nose for the building; it points to Center City skyline, inundating the space with light. David Rubin of Philadelphia’s Land Collective will sculpt a landscape that will make the subsequent campus feel more cohesive with a tree-lined plaza.
  • The reaction to a mural painted last year by Brazilian artists in Brewerytown, sharing a quotes from J.D. Salinger’s 1961 Franny and Zooey (“It’s a goddam phenomenal world.”) “captures the awkward phase Brewerytown is living through,” says NewsWorks, in its first installment of “Around the Corner,” a segment which will look into the realities of gentrification in this neighborhood, itself an area of geographic transition.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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