Pearl Street + DesignPhiladelphia PopUp Place

Asian Arts Initiative with Center for Architecture

Funding Received: 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Philadelphia, PA is home to the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood; a rapidly changing neighborhood with an industrial past that contains part of the Reading Viaduct, which has been proposed to become an elevated rail park, and a wide range of residents who reflect the diversity, disparity, and creative potential of the larger City. Working with landscape architect Walter Hood, Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) led a stakeholder-engaged community planning process focused on the Pearl Street alleyway, which functions as a de facto backyard connecting AAI and a number of community organizations and residences along a 4-block corridor. AAI has proposed a series of capital interventions as well as weekly micro events, a series of monthly First Friday events, and an annual Block Party aimed at increasing the every day interactions along and attention on the Pearl Street Corridor. These events will lead up to the Center for Architecture's signature city-wide DesignPhiladelphia Festival in 2015, which will launch with a PopUp Place exhibition sited at the intersection of the Reading Viaduct and Pearl Street and examining the development of both icons in the neighborhood.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Oct 8, 2015
Since last spring, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture has been working with its partners in Chinatown North and Callowhill on a special four-day public event... Read More
Oct 2, 2015
At the moment, Pearl Street is a Dumpster-lined alley in Chinatown North that functions mostly as a shared rear entry to businesses, a homeless shelter,... Read More
Aug 27, 2015
DesignPhiladelphia , the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and oldest design event of its kind in the country, will return for its... Read More