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Urban Planning

Visualizing time and place in the urban realm

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Visualizing metaphors for planning processes 

Above, a 40-inch-square poster visualizes Philadelphia's Central Delaware riverfront planning using the metaphor of sound waves. I created this in 2011 for PennPraxis for an exhibit at the Community Design Collaborative. Below, this infographic imagines citizen values as threads that weave through the planning process. It comprises a spread in the final document for the award-winning A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware for WRT in 2010.

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Media activism

Benjamin Franklin published his Join, or Die political cartoon in the Philadelphia Gazette in 1754. My interpretation, for a 2007 Context magazine article, depicts the stakeholders on Philadelphia's central Delaware riverfront. The snake's shape abstracts the shoreline and includes pier structures, bridges, and the tangled Girard Avenue Interchange on I-95.

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Plans over time

This illustration for PennPraxis' Green2015 shows the relative place of this action plan in context of the timeline of open-space planning documents for Philadelphia.

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From gray to green

This cross-sectional diagram reveals rainwater management for a "green" urban street. It is part of a larger report on green stormwater infrastructure I wrote, designed, and illustrated for the U.S. EPA in Manchester, CT for WRT in 2010.

 
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Industrial evolution

Effective timelines bring historical context to life, and this one illustrates the lower Schuylkill River, home to historic Bartram’s Garden. It is one of three full-spread timelines I created for the Art at Bartram's report for Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation in 2015.