Porches, pocket parks, and pop-ups: Philly’s love affair with public spaces

  • 5:30PM 7:30PM
  • WHYY
    • uCity Square nighttime
      uCity Square nighttime
    • uCity Square daytime
      uCity Square daytime
  • Previous
  • Next

UPDATE: Due to scattered thunderstorms, we are unable to hold this event at the outdoor PHS uCity Square garden. This event will now be held at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia. 

Before pop-ups were all the rage, how did these pioneers reimagine Philadelphia’s vacant and underutilized spaces? What techniques and partnerships did they pursue to make temporary and semi-permanent interventions to public space?

Across the country, cities are reinventing their vacant and neglected spaces in intriguing ways. Offering city dwellers and visitors a range of temporary to semi-permanent options, Philadelphia has become a leading city transforming underutilized spaces into gathering places.

Join WHYY and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a happy hour panel on creative approaches to public spaces and the partnerships fueling this trend. PlanPhilly’s community engagement editor Diana Lu will moderate this discussion among local stakeholders executing successful techniques of design and engagement across the city.


Matt Rader, PHS : Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Joseph Reagan, At4240 Wexford Science & Technology

Prema Gupta, The Navy Yard

Angel Rodriguez, The Philadelphia Land Bank

Opening remarks:

Alan Greenberger, Chairman of the Art Commission, and former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will discuss this growing trend in Philadelphia and cities across the country.

Ticket gets you in the door and beer in hand. Reserve your spot here!

Organizations: PlanPhilly
Tags: Public Space

Logging in via Facebook

Log in

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Which weekly emails would you like to receive?