MOVEMENT ON MAIN seeks to elaborate on the street’s role as an agent of social and recreational life. This unique and innovative street redesign will create a new public gathering place that encourages the community to engage in their neighborhood’s emergent creative life through a variety of movement and new technologies. Three teams will be selected to compete through an open call, joining two pre-selected design teams, Marpillero Pollak Architects and peg office of landscape + architecture. This competition is enabled by generous funding by the The Educational Foundation of America.
Karen M’Closkey, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at UPENN and principal of PEG, has won the Garden Club of America Rome Prize. She has proposed A Field Guide to Rome: Baedeker and Beyond as her topic.
PEG office of landscape + architecture is an award-winning design and research office based in Philadelphia, PA. We engage a wide range of projects in terms of content, scale, and medium. Whether through competitions, writing or client-sponsored work, we explore the overlapping terrain between the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. Utilizing the techniques or conventions inherent in one discipline enables us to scrutinize the conventions of the other in order to imagine new formal and material arrangements. This does not, however, lead to the uniform application of technique. If we believed in manifestos, ours would be that scale matters.
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karen M’CLOSKEY+keith VANDERSYS: Playing off of the traditional knot-garden’s intricate geometric patterns, our ‘Not Gardens’ are made using parametric software and laser-cutter fabrication to precut customized patterns out of weed-control fabric, which is then laid on site and seeded. This produces diverse configurations with very low investment, effort, installation expertise, or maintenance.