Urban Remix

What's the recipe for an Urban Remix?

neighborhood revitalization, community engagement, transit-oriented development, philadelphia, pennsylvania, community planning, pedestrians, public space, stormwater, parks, roads and streets, off the clock


Karen Blanchard


David Witham


Brittany Coyle

What do you get when people from
the fields of design, economic and community development, public
policy, and neighborhood leadership collectively envision the future?

Answer: a recipe for an Urban Remix.

WRT has provided pro bono design services to LISC Philadelphia and The Enterprise Center CDC on a conceptual master plan to energize the area around the 46th & Market transit stop. WRT is part of a volunteer design team for the Community Design Collaborative with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, OLIN, International Consultants, Inc. Lammey & Giorgio, and the Philadelphia Water Department.

The area around 46th & Market is beginning to bubble with excitement—the future Philadelphia Police Department headquarters, the new CHOP Karabots Center, the Youth Study Center, 

the Enterprise Center, and the Kirkbride Center.
As this development fills voids, coordinating pedestrian access and lively public spaces with future development prospects becomes the key to crafting a real sense of place in the community.

WRT helped facilitate a design charrette organized by Philadelphia LISC, the Community Design Collaborative, AIA Philadelphia's Urban Design Committee, the Water Department, and the U.S. EPA as part of the Design on the Delaware conference in November 2012. Over 60 design professionals and community stakeholders put markers to trace paper.

The day’s work showcased sustainable stormwater tactics, new parks and open spaces, and complete streets. Most critically, collaborators identified catalyst projects to ignite the spark!