Penn’s campus was shown off for its urban park features during What’s Out There Weekend Philadelphia, a program of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. The program featured a series of free, expert-guided tours highlighting the city’s remarkable landscape legacy. More than two dozen different sites around Philly were toured in late May, including a West Philadelphia tour that visited College Green and a number of new open space projects on campus. The tour also visited The Woodlands, a historic cemetery just west of campus.
University Architect David Hollenberg, University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren, and urban designer Laurie Olin, entertained and informed the tour group as they led them through the center of campus and to Shoemaker Green and Penn Park.
Professor Olin, founder of the Olin Partnership, who was part of the 1970s team working on Penn’s 1977 Landscape Development Plan (which established the design for Penn’s open spaces) presented a historical perspective. He brought black and white images of campus and related them to stops along the tour. Representing those responsible for today’s campus landscape, Mr. Hollenberg and Mr. Lundgren talked about contemporary development. “Using the same palette of landscape materials, weaving through a collection of buildings, helps to tie the campus together,” explained Mr. Lundgren, “uniting the variety of building designs at Penn.”