Transforming Dilworth Plaza

Transforming Dilworth Plaza

As part of our participation in the public-private partnership to rejuvenate Philadelphia’s historic Dilworth Plaza, OLIN, along with partners City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy, Center City District, and KieranTimberlake, is excited to announce “Transforming Dilworth Plaza,” a symposium and exhibit exploring the history and rejuvenation of this landmark plaza at the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
OLIN Partner Susan Weiler, KieranTimberlake Principal Richard Maimon, City of Philadelphia Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer and Center City District President and CEO Paul Levy will take part in a symposium on October 21, 2011 at Philadelphia City Hall to present this significant renovation project and its importance to the future of the City. In addition, OLIN and the project team will also be exhibiting plans for Dilworth Plaza from October 13 through November 18, 2011—also at City Hall— giving the public a first-hand look at the project’s key design components, including new landscape architectural features, significant structural engineering improvements, and public art installation.

“The transformed plaza will become a place of celebration and civic engagement for all residents, workers and visitors to our city,” explains OLIN Associate Richard Roark. “This is going to be a great, celebratory plaza with incredible public art, as well as a graceful building and site architecture at the central intersection of the City. This is the kind of design work that keeps people living in, working in and visiting Philadelphia.”

In the video below, Paul Levy provides an overview of Dilworth Plaza:

In the 1600s, when William Penn first laid out his plan for the City of Philadelphia, he envisioned Center Square as a vital social, commercial and cultural hub. As the City evolved, the square adopted many uses—first as the main water works, then later as the site of City Hall and the nexus of public transit. When the lands to the west of City Hall were annexed to create Dilworth Plaza, the vision of the site was once again one of social and civic gathering, but the stark, granite maze of walls and stairs left the Plaza isolated and underutilized. OLIN and its partners have now been given the opportunity by the City to transform Dilworth Plaza and help realize its potential as a vibrant and functional civic space worthy of its prominent location and history.

Transforming Dilworth Hall symposium, October 21, 2011 in Philadelphia City Hall’s Courtroom 653 from 6 – 7pm with a reception to follow in Room 116 from 7 – 8pm. Transforming Dilworth Plaza exhibition will be featured at the Art Gallery at Philadelphia City Hall from October 13 – November 18, 2011.

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