SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design
University of Pennsylvania
Photo by Andropogon Associates Ltd.
Andropogon Associates Ltd.; Meliora Design; Irrigation Consultants, Inc.; Tillett Lighting Design; Mulhern Engineering; Keast & Hood; Stantec; Craul Land Scientists; Fiorella Woodworking
“ . . . highly technical sustainability aspect, using landscape as research lab . . . campus as a living lab concept . . . noteworthy for its education and monitoring learning space . . . liked the hand sketches to see the initial idea and vision . . . ”
The intent of the project was to produce for Penn’s eastern precinct a new public space that achieves the grace, utility, and timelessness that College Green brought to the heart of Penn’s campus in 1976. The opportunity for the creation of this new space came upon completion of Penn Park in 2011, the largest component of the university’s 20-year campus master plan, PennConnects2.0. Among Penn Park’s athletic program was a 12-court tennis center, which made possible the removal of 8 aging courts where Shoemaker Green now stands. Shoemaker Green has transformed an underused and underappreciated corner of the campus into a harmonious merger of people and place, of history and emergence, and of function with ecological restoration.