Why design?

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?[…]

Urban Arboreta Sites: A Brief Land Use History

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[…]

Urban Aboreta takes root

Originally posted on Knight Blog by Chip Schwartz. Empty lots are a common sight in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia is dotted with vacant land in just about every corner, and this surplus of space could serve any number of purposes. Urban Arboreta has an unequivocal approach to the issue of urban land: trees. Read more about Urban Aboreta takes root[…]

Greening the Void

The Knight Cities Challenge asks: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? For team member Matt Langan, the prompt was different from that posed by the 2005 Urban Voids: Grounds for Change design competition, but the answer was the same: an Urban Arboretum. Langan imagined large underutilized swaths of Philadelphia transformed into a Read more about Greening the Void[…]

Welcome to Urban Arboreta

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, improving the ecological, social, and economic health of neighborhoods by offering a new model for community based job training and engagement. We’ll be sharing Read more about Welcome to Urban Arboreta[…]