Planning & Community Development

Back to Blog March 31, 2017

Tactical Urbanism, Urban Acupuncture and Community Engagement

Author: Lynn Mandarano
Green Fence

The Winter 2017 issue of Temple Magazine includes an artlcle highlighting recent community-service learning courses and funded projects led by Architecture and Environmental Design faculty and students.  Since 2013, Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor and Chair, has been working with the community development corporation just to the east of Temple's Main campus.  In partnership with Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) students in the undergraduate Community Development workshop (Spring 2015) developed a Green Neighbohood Toolkit and coordinated a one-day tactical urbanism project during which 40 residents volunteered to paint shipping pallets. The pallets were then planted with sedum to create a living green fence around a vacant lot at 6th and Diamond.  These activites were made possible by a $60,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant.

During the spring of 2016, Dr. Doshna led a group of students in the graduate Planning Studio course in conducting an economic development study of Germantown Ave.  The planning studio students coordinated their research and findings with students in Sallly Harrision's (Architecture) Urban Workshop course.  Both student teams developed recommendation for APM to implement along the commercial corridor and to create a Pop-up Market Place at 6th and Susquehanna.

To read more about this project and how the Planning and Community Development department continues to partner with APM on developing their Pop-up Market at 6th and Susquehanna follow this link.