On September 20th, 2016, the Urban Arboreta team, represented by Deenah Loeb, had the opportunity to participate in a panel of other Philadelphia Knight Cities Challenge winners hosted by PennPraxis. The panel ...
The jury of Tom Dalfo of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Professor Sean Burkholder of University of Buffalo, Professor Karen M’Closkey of University of Pennsylvania, Professor Anne Spirn of ...
Hello and welcome to Urban Arboreta: Transforming Ground, a 2015 Knight Cities Challenge winning project in Philadelphia.
Urban Arboreta is dedicated to transforming vacant lots into hybrid spaces for nursery production and neighborhood use, ...
We're looking for a qualified grower to join our team!
In the coming weeks, we will be announcing an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) inviting growers and nursery professionals to submit qualifications ...
To launch a self-sustaining and environmentally sound business model for nursery production and community open space on Philadelphia’s vacant land. The re-purposed spaces will have a strong community focus, offering educational programs and opportunities for professional job training in the nursery trade.
We have a great team of landscape architects, designers, educators, and community organizations, and are partnering with a wide range of city and community organizations in Philadelphia. The project is co-led by Deenah Loeb and Timothy Baird.
Deenah Loeb has over 30 years of program innovation and implementation experience in the culture and environmental fields. Most recently, as Executive Director of City Parks Association of Philadelphia (CPA), she has revived a significant, historic non-profit into an active organization. Through educational symposia and city-wide programming, CPA forges cross- agency partnerships throughout the region, acting as a catalyst for visionary thinking about Philadelphia’s urban land and water resources.
Timothy Baird is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University where he teaches design, design implementation, and the history of landscape architecture beyond Modernism. He recently received a 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship and a 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award.
Ecologist and Educator
Scott Quitel is the founder of the Land Health Institute in Philadelphia. Scott has extensive experience in ecologically based master planning and land use planning, ecological analysis and restoration guidance, ecological landscape design and construction, and education focused on ecological analysis, design, and planning. He also holds an array of volunteer-based positions on various boards, committees, and other advisory entities. He also speaks frequently on topics that include planning, design, and ecology.
Andrea Hansen is the principal of Fluxscape, which focuses on data visualization, mapping, and data-driven web applications for community and urban projects. She is also the editor of Visualizing Systems, an online catalog that investigates how we map data to understand complex networks. In addition to her practice, Andrea teaches and lectures widely, most recently at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2014, Andrea was a Code for America Fellow for the City of Atlanta.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, Matt has worked in professional practice for nearly a decade for the firms of Sasaki Associates and Reed Hilderbrand. Currently a senior associate at Sasaki, his work experience ranges from urban design and campus planning to detailed site design. Matt’s interest in large-scale tree planting strategies began while at Penn State, where he initially developed the “Urban Arboretum” concept for Urban Voids: Grounds for Change, an international design ideas competition addressing pervasive land vacancy in Philadelphia.
Rachael Griffith received her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University in 2011. While obtaining her degree she worked at several public gardens assisting with garden maintenance and construction, trail work, and garden interpretation including leading tours and creating educational materials.
Trained as a landscape architect and historic preservation/community planner, Sarah is committed to environmental leadership through education, civic empowerment, community engagement and landscape design. Much of Sarah’s professional and academic work comes from her passion to reconnect people to nature, enhance and protect local biodiversity and understand local environmental and socio-cultural systems in an effort to celebrate each community’s unique identity establishing a strong sense of place.
Want to get more involved with Urban Arboreta? We'll be looking for volunteers soon, so please get in touch with us!
A few months ago, I wrote a blog post ahead of our Student Design Competition introducing the importance of design. This post (read it online) serves as a follow-up examining the need for site-specific ecological design at the Urban Arboreta sites. What makes for ‘great design’? Great or successful design does not exist in isolation: Read more about Why design? Pt. 2[…]
“The city is both an outward form – expressed as spatial pattern – of housing, factories, streets, and parks and an inward pattern of life – expressed as processes – such as cycles of nature, rhythms, of work and play, rates of travel, rules of conduct, and so forth.” – The Baltimore School of Urban Read more about Towards a Deeper Understanding of Urban Ecology[…]
The jury of Tom Dalfo of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Professor Sean Burkholder of University of Buffalo, Professor Karen M’Closkey of University of Pennsylvania, Professor Anne Spirn of MIT, and Skip Weiner of Philadelphia Urban Tree Connection met on Friday June 3 in Philadelphia to review the submissions for URBAN ARBORETA: Transforming Ground Read more about COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED[…]
As of the May 2nd registration deadline, 39 competitors from Canada, China, New Zealand, and the United States have registered for Urban Arboreta: transforming ground, thus making it an international student design competition. American universities represented include Harvard University, University of Virginia, Northeastern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Philadelphia Community College, University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Read more about Student Design Competition Update[…]
More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide – Includes award to City Parks Association to support Urban Arboreta: transforming ground Philadelphia: National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included Read more about Urban Arboreta wins NEA award[…]
New York. Los Angeles. Miami. Denver. Around ten years ago now, each of these cities made a commitment to plant one million trees within its boundary. Mayors far and wide grabbed onto this seemingly simple solution to a myriad of health, equity, and environmental issues confronted in their cities: plant more trees. Simple enough, right? Read more about A Reflection on Urban Tree Campaigns[…]
We are excited to announce a partial listing of jurors for the Urban Arboreta Student Design Competition: Sean Burkholder, Assistant Professor of Landscape and Urban Design at the University of Buffalo Tom Dalfo, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Services at Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Karen M’Closkey, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University Read more about Jurors Announced for Student Design Competition![…]
In order to preface our upcoming registration deadline (May 2, 2016) for the Urban Arboreta Student Design Competition, I thought we should emphasize the importance of design. No small task, especially for someone who wouldn’t consider himself a “designer,” for right or wrong. I go to a Design school. As an undergrad, I was a Read more about Why design?[…]
As a non-native of Philadelphia, I regret to say that I had largely forgotten about the city’s historical significance until moving here last fall. Sure, I associated Philadelphia with William Penn, Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell, but much of my eighth grade American History had been lodged in the back of my mind, unstirred Read more about Urban Arboreta Sites: A Brief Land Use History[…]
Celebrate the launch of Urban Arboreta on June 3rd at our 49th and Parkside lot! Join us with @landhealthinstitute and winning Penn Praxis Social Impact team @sproutingpossibilities for workshops, public art, ecology walks, tree planting and more! #phillypublicart #westparkside #treeplantingday
We're excited to see how students reimagine this vacant lot! Winner of the Student Design Competition will be announced mid-June
#urbanarboreta #earthday #knightcities
Wonderful to walk the site today!
How would you redesign 2 vacant lots in Philly? We invite students to submit their ideas to our design competition.
And the the #MerionAvenue site too!
Programming the #ParksideAvenue site with #SustainableUrbanLandscape students