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Big Chalkers: Do NOT Color in the Lines

Artists: CJ & Scout
Implemented @: Penn 2 Plaza

Why do we stop drawing? Odds are we all picked up a crayon, marker what have you at some point in our childhood. I think its a requirement in kindergarten. So whats up downtown office workers? Did you develop an allergy?

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  • March 8, 2011
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PlayCam: A New Perspective on Urban Play

Artists: CJ & Scout
Based on designs by Jeffrey Warren
Implemented @: Game Piece Plaza, City Hall

Well, we are taking a page out of Jules Verne on this one. How do interventions, social acts, etc change the traffic flow of a space? We can’t think of a better way to observe this than to launch a fun little eye in the sky. Introducing PlayCam 1.

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  • March 4, 2011
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‘Making Design Public’ -Alex Gillman

On March 24 PlayPhilly headed to the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. to experience Alex Gillmans latest design innovation. Alex is the founder of ‘Public Workshop Design Firm’ and recent recipient of the National Building Museum Fellowship. His work fosters innovation through collaboration of people from all age groups. His research studies show that adults, or ‘experts’, have a lot to learn from children, or ‘the novices’. By creating playful yet sophisticated design tools Alex is able to observe design innovation and maximize it.

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  • June 20, 2011
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Site #001: 2 Penn Plaza

The concrete sea that exists around city hall became our muse during the early stages of our project. The gaps amidst these buildings haunt our thoughts as we observe the rat race at micro speeds.

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  • March 8, 2011

Tarp Surf Love Park

Ok, I’m a sucker when it comes to the ocean. My summers have long been spent at the Jersey shore, but this is something else.

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  • January 26, 2011
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10 Benefits of Creating Good Public Spaces

If successful public spaces are so easy to create, than why are they so hard to find in Center City Philadelphia? Aside from Rittenhouse Square, Center City lacks enjoyable outdoor areas to eat lunch, socialize and relax. To better understand the value of good public space, here is a list of 10 top benefits and examples of where you can find them in the U.S…

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  • January 13, 2011
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What Makes a Public Space Unsuccessful?

According to the ‘Project for Public Spaces’ website, the most crucial elements to consider when diagnosing unsuccessful spaces are: sociability, uses and activities, comfort and image, and access and linkages. To evaluate a space near you, consider the following questions and elements…

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  • January 13, 2011
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Site #002: Philadelphia’s ‘Game Piece Plaza’ is anything but a winner.

Located next to the architecturally significant Philadelphia City Hall and culturally iconic ‘Love’ sculpture lays the blight urban sprawl, ‘Game Piece Plaza’. This urban void hardly reflects the interesting, creative people that live and work in Philadelphia. Because of this, the spaces is wasted.

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  • January 8, 2011