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Charrette 2019

Re-Imagining Streets as Pedestrian Spaces

The Westphal College of Media Arts and Design presents the 2019 Interdisciplinary Design Charrette led by Korea-based design practice studio GAON.

This Charrette proposes the closing of selected single blocks to normal traffic in various parts of Philadelphia. Since the businesses and public facilities on these blocks are accustomed to the visibility and accessibility afforded by automobile traffic, these blocks will be redesigned to make them unique and appealing destinations to attract increased pedestrian flows. New landscape features, graphic designs, public art, pavements, street furniture and other innovations developed by the student charrette teams. Reconceiving the street as a truly public space presents profound design and cultural challenges and the charrette will welcome students from any major to participate. 

CHARRETTE EVENT PHOTOS [Link to Google Photo Album]

Philadelphia Inquirer Article [Link to Inquirer]


Required Resources 

"Wicked Cars" by J.H. Crawford [Download PDF]

"Cities for People" by Jan Gehl [Download PDF] [Link to Website]

Recommended Resources

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

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

Publications from Next City [Link to ebook resources]


Charrette Brief [Download PDF]

Charrette Schedule [Download PDF] 

For team access to Charrette documents and site information please use:


Drexel Students will participate in a weekend of creative brainstorming, community conversation and collaborative design focused on the re-imagining of Philadelphia streets as pedestrian spaces.


WHAT: 2019 Interdisciplinary Design Charrette

WHEN: Friday, April 12 - Monday April 15, 2019

WHERE: URBN Center, 4th floor

WHO: Open to all Drexel University Students

For questions, please email: CHARRETTE@DREXEL.EDU


Rankin Scholar Fund 

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design 

The Good Idea Fund 

Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism 

Department of Design 

Wexford Science & Technology 

INTECH Construction 

Tim Haahs & Associates 

OLIN Studio 

WRT Planning + Design 

Plaza Art Supply 

Susan Weiler 

Alan Greenberger