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 “People chatting (and playing) on Looped In benches at Clark Park in Philadelphia.” | Photo: University City District


“People chatting (and playing) on Looped In benches at Clark Park in Philadelphia.” | Photo: University City District

  • Keystone Crossroads considers the role of dynamic seating design within current tactile urbanist trends, specifically how the University City District provides a “palpable buzz of activity” with parklets, “Looped In” benches that encourage the meeting of new people, and tree seats. These projects allow for the collection of worthwhile data of urban behavior in UCD’s 2.4-square-mile area, says capital projects manager Nate Hommel. “Our hope is that we are constantly learning, and using these early interventions to make the city a nicer place to be.”
  • Eyes on the Street’s Ashley Hahn looks at The Woodlands’ efforts to establish a brand as a uniquely important and diverse public space. Here, an “underdog” exemplar of the Federal style is having its cryptoporticus de- and re-constructed, the final repair needed to stabilize the buildings on what had been a 52-acre under-maintained relic of Early Republican mansion and Victorian landscape architectures. Through such varied programming as crafting, instagram meetups, bird and insect watching, The Woodlands, says Hahn, strive for “casual opportunities to build a broader and more diverse community around the site.”
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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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