Master Plan for the Central Delaware

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Master Plan for the Central Delaware | Notes of Interest

Master plan for 6 miles of the Delaware River waterfront in Center City Philadelphia, based on the Civic Vision which was prepared through an extensive public engagement planning process. The goal of the plan is to provide a practical implementation strategy for the phasing and funding of public realm enhancements to the waterfront, including the locations of parks, a variety of waterfront trails, and connections to existing upland neighborhoods.

Specific zoning recommendations to shape private development as well as design guidelines for the public spaces are integral components of this project. A crucial aspect of the planning process was the creation of a dialogue with stakeholders and the incorporation of public input.

Throughout the project, the team had direct contact with neighborhood associations, elected officials, heads of major state and local agencies, as well as property owners and developers. At the end of each phase, the team conducted a public meeting to solicit feedback and engage constituents in the work’s progress.

Additional Credit

Associate Architect: Kelly/Maiello Architects & Planners
Consultant: CHPlanning; Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; HR&A Advisors; Hurley Franks &
Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon
Engineer: KS Engineers, P.C.; Parsons Brinckerhoff
Land Use Counsel: Blank Rome LLP
Programming: Karin Bacon Enterprises
Waterfront Policy Advisor: Toni L. Griffin

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Master Plan for the Central Delaware

Jury Comments

This is a very bold, long term vision.

The project demonstrates great connectivity back into the neighborhood fabric, integrating both existing buildings, developed open spaces, and the esplanade walk.

A good range of density has been represented, particularly along the river, and this plan has transformed the city in a substantial way.

2012 Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design Jury

  • Bruce Lindsey, AIA, Chair
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • St. Louis
  • Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA
  • Catherine Seavitt Studio
  • New York City
  • Martha Welborne, FAIA
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles

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