All along the Delaware River, derelict industrial sites are being transformed by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and the Delaware River City Corporation into a string of waterfront parks interconnected by trail extensions that will become part of the East Coast Greenway. In the Bridesburg neighborhood, SITIO, in collaboration with Langan Engineers and Ground Reconsidered, recently unveiled the design for a new 10-acre park to the community. SITIO’s design for the park’s pavilions - to include a performance stage, a picnic pavilion, restrooms and way-finding signposts - found inspiration in the brawny infrastructure and industrial character of the bridges and structures that surround the sweeping waterfront site. The creation of this large Park will also feature event spaces, terrace seating, boardwalks offering sweeping views out into the waterfront, and connections to the Richmond and K&T trails to the north.
SITIO welcomes Mandy Palasik to the team!
Mandy is a registered architect who brings over 8 years of experience working on housing, educational, as well as civic and cultural projects. Most recently she was a project architect for The University of California, San Francisco student housing project complex. Mandy received a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association (AA) in London where she focused on housing and urbanism. Mandy enjoys writing and translating design into fabrication, and her work has been featured in publications and exhibitions. In 2016, she and fellow architect, Nghi Duong, were selected to design and fabricate a public art installation titled ‘Living Synergies” for Atlanta’s Art on the Beltline event. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking around Pennsylvania and writing about design for Philly’s Artblog.
SITIO welcomes Austin McInnis and Jason Jiang to the team!
Austin has broad experience working on higher-education and design-build projects. An alumnus of Philadelphia University, Austin engages with his community through design events from creating furniture at Bok Bar, fabricating bike racks for the City of Bethlehem, and volunteering at a S.T.E.A.M. – a summer camp teaching 8-11 year of age the fundamentals of architecture. Austin is enthusiastic about impacting communities through architecture.
Jason is also an alumnus of Philadelphia University and the ACE Mentor Program. As a recent graduate, he is interested in investigating the relationship between placemaking and technology. He brings experience from residential projects to bio-medical facilities. Jason enjoys volunteering as a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program, tutoring at his alma mater, exploring the food scene of Philadelphia, and playing with his dog, Graham.
The Congress for the New Urbanism recently convened a Charter Awards jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners and scholars to review entries and selected winners for the 2018 CNU Charter Awards. Antonio, a recipient of two CNU Charter Awards, joined a distinguished Jury Co-Chaired by Maurice Cox, Director of Planning for the City of Detroit, and Jennifer Hurley, Principal at Hurley-Franks & Associates. Award applicants were judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of outstanding buildings and urban places. This year’s jury had a particular interest in equitable and inclusive placemaking.
Since 2002, CNU's annual Charter Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning worldwide. Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners. Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.
The Newman Center in Philadelphia’s University City, home to the Penn Newman Catholic Community and the Drexel Newman Catholic Community, unveiled plans for its new home at 38th and Chestnut Streets at the heart of Philadelphia’s University City. The 30,000 s.f. state-of-the-art facility integrates two stately stone buildings through a new glass-enclosed garden pavilion to create a seamless Newman Center that is engaging of its campus context.
The Center’s program includes a large 200-seat meeting space conducive to receptions, dinners and lectures; a large lounge for informal gatherings and events; meeting rooms; offices and a chapel. The buildings will be accessed through a gracious entry plaza off 38th Street, and a green courtyard off Chestnut Street that is designed to both serve as a contemplative oasis, as well as a vessel for receptions and events.
SITIO’s project team includes Studio Bryan Hanes as Landscape Architect, Bruce Brooks & Associates as MEP engineers, Larsen & Landis as structural engineers, and BEAM lighting designers. Intech Construction is the general contractor, with a March 2018 groundbreaking set for the initial phase of construction.
Hot off the Press! Nestled in a wooded site perched over the Monocacy Creek, Skyline West connects luxury living to the vibrant heart of downtown Bethlehem while offering the quite respite of the natural surroundings.
SITIO is delighted to announce that Principal Karen Blanchard was inducted as the 2018 President of AIA Philadelphia at a ceremony held at the Philadelphia Athenaeum. Leading to her election as President Karen served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of the Women In Architecture. Karen, a past recipient of the AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award, looks forward to expanding the AIA’s mission of design advocacy and peer mentorship. SITIO is proud of our history of service to AIA Philadelphia, building upon Antonio Fiol-Silva’s contributions as AIA Philadelphia President in 2014.