PARK(ing) Day Pop Up Park
County Theater, East State Street, Doylestown, PA
September 18 & 19, 2015

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The goal of this project was to engage and celebrate pedestrians through a place created for people to “park” rather than cars. The park was in honor of a worldwide event known as PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day’s mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to spark discussions about how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of our human habitat – at least until the meter runs out!

PARK(ing) for People pop up park transformed parking spots into a people space.  The park featured native plants, seating, artwork, and special free events, including a story time and musical entertainment.

The park design, based on ideas of ‘urban meadow’ and ‘woodland,’ created three very distinct interconnected spaces – an urban cafe in front of the coffee shop, a performance area that complements the County Theater and a meadow walk connecting the two areas. Special features included a comment column for documenting public reactions and three art installations.

Pop Up Park was a collaborative project between students and faculty from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University, and volunteers including architects, landscape architects, horticulturists, artists and citizens.


Gallery of images showing special features and activities at the Pop Up Garden 


PHS Pops Up + Temple’s ‘ecolibrium’ Exhibit
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
1919 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

PHS Pop-Up Garden Showcased in Venice!  This project was included in Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. The exhibition ran from August 29 through November 25, 2012.

Merit  Award: PHS Pops Up, Philadelphia, PA. Merit Award from the PA/DE chapter of the  American Society of Landscape Architects for the 2012 professional awards program.

This unique experimental and temporary installation, lasting one growing season, transformed an eyesore into a green oasis that included food production, nutrition education and promoted sustainability.          

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Proposed Layout – ‘ecolibrium’ exhibit, placed on a gravel plaza, acts as the central organizing feature that helps to anchor the whole garden. Service access from 20th Street divides the site into northern and southern halves.

Proposed entrance on Market Street





Temple’s ‘ecolibrium’ an award winning exhibit at the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show was used as the focal point of the Pop Up Garden 

The PHS Pop Up installation in center city Philadelphia, inaugurated by Mayor Nutter, served as a place for many partnerships, programs and activities revolving around issues of food production, health, nutrition and education. Our design of this entire garden artfully uses ideas of sustainability and the celebration of natural processes to transform an urban eyesore into a green oasis. This temporary installation incorporates Temple’s award winning exhibit “ecolibrium” from the Philadelphia Flower Show, which serves as the arrival point and anchors the whole garden. (See Design-Academic section for details of the exhibit)

The garden served as a hub of activities with an on-going schedule of programs sponsored by PHS and their partners Franklin Institute, PECO, Verde Styles, and IBC. Classes and workshops included tai-chi, yoga, houseplants, organic gardening, and brain health, etc.

The design of the Pop Up installation extends the concepts of Temple’s ‘ecolibrium’ exhibit. The exhibit was inspired by the works of legendary landscape architect Le Notre and the modern art of Mondrian.  Ideas of sustainability and celebration of natural processes were also an integral part of the design.

A wrought iron gateway, rescued from the Rodin Museum construction site, was located along Market Street. The Temple exhibit, which serves as the arrival point leading to the whole garden, was placed on a gravel plaza with generous spaces all around, defined with raised planters and ornamental Gold Medal plants.

The smaller western part is the herb garden and the sunny larger eastern part is the food production and demonstration garden, set against the white boundary wall hung with a large banner. This area was used for a range of activities for all ages – from tai-chi to gardening demonstrations,  lunch time classes,  to science workshops for kids (in partnership with the Franklin Institute). These gardens constitute the sunny northern half of the site.

The southern half of the site, separated with service access from 20th Street, is dedicated to urban agriculture and cut flowers. And beds of urban debris cleared from the site reminds visitors about the degraded ecology of many urban and industrial locations. Along the chain link fence,
the whole site is surrounded with meadow planting featuring whimsical topiaries.

The garden was inaugurated by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher, and other dignitaries, local press, invited guests and the public at a festive opening celebration.


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The opening was marked with the release of 10,000 ladybugs into the garden. Ladybugs are natural predators of many types of pests and act as an organic alternative to chemical pesticide for common garden pests such as aphids.

A swarm of European honeybees landed on one of the trees in the garden on the first weekend after the opening to help in the pollination of the plants and, perhaps, to produce a little honey. These new guests have been safely housed in ‘beehaus’ beehives. When the Pop Up Garden folded up in late fall, the hives were moved to another urban location.

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
Third Place Award

To be located on a 20 acre site in the south central ridge of New Delhi, the competition guidelines called for creative approaches to sustainable design. The proposed design includes extensive planted roofs, optimal orientation to sun and wind, rain water harvesting and preservation and enhancement of the ridge and valley landscape of the site. It represents a seamless merger of the natural and the built environments.

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Organized around the existing canyon, the new campus buildings represents an accentuation of the natural ridge. 








View of the Commons towards south – Built forms emerging from the landscape 





Design Team: Chelsea West Architects, NYC and Lamba Associates Landscape Architects, PA

THE ARTS GARAGE, Francisville, Philadelphia, PA

Thr Arts Garage (TAG) represents a major urban revitalization project for the inner city neighborhood of  Francisville. TAG will create an ‘alternative’ arts and cultural destination featuring a variety of activities, including dining, music, theater, arts and bazaar. The project will create a series of open green spaces to serve as outdoor venues.



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