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4 winners of $20k civic design challenge from City Hall

The four winners, chosen out of 30 submissions, span the city, from University City to Olney to Germantown.

At Public Workshop's summer 2013 project at Smith Playground. Photo from Public Workshop's Facebook.

Soon, you’ll be able to explore the labyrinthine corridors of City Hall with the help of new signs.

The project, dreamed up by youth design outfit Public Workshop, is called Choose Your Own City Hall Adventure and it’s one of four winners of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics civic design challenge. Announced in June, the Knight Foundation-backed challenge offered grants to art and design projects that aimed to improve public spaces in the city.

The four winners, chosen out of 30 submissions, span the city, from University City to Olney to Germantown.

As per the release, the winners are:

  • Public Workshop will receive a $6,000 grant to support a new signage initiative in City Hall to facilitate individuals navigating City Hall quickly and efficiently. This initiative is called “Choose Your Own City Hall Adventure.”
  • University City District will receive a $3,900 grant to create “Tree Seats,” a functional art project that will provide seating in naturally shaded areas across University City.
  • The North 5th Street Revitalization Project will receive a $5,100 grant to support the Gateways to Olney, Where Local is Global project, a collaborative partnership working to transform bus stops at key intersections along the North 5th Street commercial corridor into small-scale visitor centers.
  • The Friends of Maplewood Mall will receive a $5,000 grant to support the Re-Imagining of Maplewood Mall project which plans to provide physical improvements to the Maplewood Mall, including arts-related programming.
Companies: City of Philadelphia / Knight Foundation / Public Workshop / University City District

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