Making Moves: First Place Parklet Lives On in Spring Arts

It’s no secret we greatly enjoy reimagining how spaces are used. So when we learned the AIA National conference was coming to Philadelphia, we teamed up with Stokes Architecture and Kid Hazo to design an award-winning parklet. The task? To transform a parking space into a spot everyone could enjoy for the AIA Convention Parklet Design Competition. AIA Philadelphia’s theme challenged us to “imagine.”

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We wanted our efforts to be connected to a message that was true to our mission. The finished parklet was designed in support of Open Streets PHL, a local movement to close the streets of Philadelphia for one day and prioritize pedestrians, joggers, bikers – anyone without a car, which is happening this fall on September 24. Relevant in so many ways, this parklet was present at #TruthtoPower at 990 Spring Garden during the DNC

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On the day of the competition
, visiting architects and pedestrians enjoyed lounging on the grassy upright bench, snapping a selfie with our custom Snapchat filter, and sharing their ideas for utilizing open streets. Kid Hazo, a Philadelphia-based street artist, installed some of his clever, parking-inspired artwork at the parklet, and we handed out totes and stickers designed as street signs for pedestrians instead of cars.

What’s more? We took home the win and landed first place in the competition, an honor we’re proud_DSC0461-2 to share with the talented people at Stokes, Open Streets, and Kid Hazo.

More than a temporary installation, our pop-up parklet turned permanent. We’ve given ours a new home so it can continue activating public spaces. The parklet has moved to 990 Spring Garden in the up-and-coming Spring Arts district – a neighborhood dedicated to makers and creators. Earlier this year we teamed up with Arts + Crafts Holdings to brand 990 as a nontraditional office building – and so it’s only fitting that our imagination-themed parklet has found residence in a neighborhood as dedicated to creativity and innovation: Spring Arts

You can find the parklet behind 990 Spring Garden, just off 10th Street. An entire section of 990’s parking lot has been transformed into an outdoor oasis – featuring a grassy patch, our parklet with its seating nooks. The perfect place to daydream about open streets.

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