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Communal Landscapes

Think Local. Design Local.

A Design Charrette for Civic Engagement


The Westphal College of Media Arts and Design sponsors the 2017 interdisciplinary Design Charrette led by the internationally-renowned design practice, Snøhetta.

What could we design, enhance, discover or create that would transform the public spaces of a neighborhood?

All Drexel Students are encourage to participate in a weekend of creative brainstorming, community conversation and collaborative design focused on the re-imagining of several public spaces in the Mantua and Powelton Neighborhoods.


  • WHAT 2017 Interdisciplinary Design Charrette
  • WHEN Friday, April 14 - Monday April 17, 2017
  • WHERE URBN Center, 4th floor
  • WHO Open to all Drexel University Students

For questions, please email: CHARRETTE@DREXEL.EDU


Charrette Brief [Download PDF]

Charrette Schedule [Download PDF] 

Site 1 Map [Download PDF]

Site 2 Plan [Download PDF]

Site 3 Plan [Download PDF]

Site 4 Plan [Download PDF]

Project For Public Spaces “Placemaking” Guide [Link to PDF]

Street Plans Collaborative “Tactical Urbanist’s Guide” [Link to PDF]

Additional Resources – including site photos, CAD Drawings, and further readings [Link to Files]

CHARRETTE PHOTOS [Link to Google Photo Album]