A Look Inside Penn's Outdoor Spaces

In Philadelphia—a city famed for its perpendicular streets and silver skyline—a step onto Penn's campus can take visitors into a verdant, yet wildly urban setting.

The University's lush, leafy atmosphere is carefully planned. Landscape staff at Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) work year-round to maintain Penn’s signature green spaces and develop new ones—all of which are inspired by the University's Landscape Development Plan of 1977.

"What we see here today—granite curbs, brick walk and stone paving, benches, and light fixtures—was designed to be a contiguous palette of materials," says University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren. "This plan gave us a template to follow as the rest of the campus was developed."

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Video by Kurtis Sensenig, Office of University Communications