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November 17, 2020

LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Nando Micale Participate in DAG Charrette

LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Nando Micale Participate in DAG Charrette

On November 6th, LRK Philadelphia’s Eli Storch and Nando Micale participated with a multi-disciplinary team of 40 professionals and Master of City Planning students in a design charrette that was focused on a gentrifying riverfront neighborhood (Gray’s Ferry) just outside of Philadelphia’s Center City District. Nando and Eli both serve on the City’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG) Steering Committee (Eli is the chair and Nando is co-chair of the group’s Waterfronts Task Force), who is the financial sponsor of the charrette and the resulting DAG Plan for Advocacy. The charrette included four teams, who imagined how different economic forces could reshape this key riverfront neighborhood and how equity and resiliency could be embodied in a set of planning and design principles. In advancing DAG's mission for design advocacy in the city, the non-profit is working with the University's practice arm, PennPraxis, to run the charrette and develop the work into the Plan for Advocacy document. The DAG Plan for Advocacy will be published in Spring 2021 and will also be the subject of a DAG Forum. In addition to and in parallel with this effort, Nando, as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design, is leading a team of graduate students in preparing the materials for the charrette and producing their own plan for equitable change in this neighborhood. The initial charrette ideas included: models of higher density housing and mixed-use that include affordability; development of riverfront parks that better connect the neighborhood to the Schuylkill River Trail; and ideas for institutional integration and models for job creation.