Pennovation Works Philadelphia, PA / 2016

Part of a planned 3,700-acre riverfront redevelopment zone between the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and the Philadelphia Navy Yard along the Schuylkill River, the 23-acre Pennovation Works will extend academic research and become one of the City’s key innovation incubators. The new campus is one of the first initiatives toward re-imagination of this waterfront site of former heavy industry. The campus will combine professionals and researchers from wide-ranging disciplines such as robotics, cyber physical systems, and security. The landscape of Pennovation Works, the first project on the campus, connects people from various backgrounds to solve complex problems and advance knowledge and culture. Surrounding Pennovation Works, a generous plaza and landscape will incorporate green infrastructure, as well as naturalize existing lawn into wildflower meadows and native planting. The design accounts for future development while creating meaningful places on the campus in the short-term. Within the landscape is an instrumented, outdoor laboratory with netting which enables the testing of high performance outdoor aerial and ground robots. The design is the result of a successful collaborative and creative process between Penn, HWKN, KSS Architects, Land Collective, Bruce Mau Design, Ballinger, Focus Lighting and Atelier Ten. Through workshops and charrettes, each party contributed to the vision of the broader site as well as the architecture, landscape, identity, signage and program.

Will was the Lead Designer & Project Manager for Pennovation Works while at Land Collective.

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