Urban Voids Competition

With 40,000 vacant or abandoned lots within its city limits, Philadelphia’s low-density urban core epitomizes the hurdles that many cities face during revitalization.  Our proposal consolidated vacant lots into two types of parks; linear parks referred to as capillaries and five-acre hubs.  The capillaries form a network of trails for biking, walking, and running that can be used for both recreation and transportation, allowing residents from all over the city a connection to downtown, the wooded country to the north, the fresh-water estuaries to the south, and the riverfront to the east.  The capillaries link to existing parks, destinations in the city, and to new five acre hub parks that serve as public squares offering neighborhood-driven amenities and connections to other modes of public transit.

Project Team: Timothy Lock, George Switzer