Benjamin Franklin Parkway Public Realm, Philadelphia

We are delighted to be part of the winning team to reimagine Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway Public Realm!
The project is a big opportunity to change radically the space into a pedestrian-oriented civic space, from a PARKWAY to a PARK.


The City of Philadelphia announced that Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, and its sub-consultant team, will lead an engagement and design process to re-imagine the design and function of Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The team will also work with the Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.


The team led by Design Workshop won a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process led by the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University on behalf of the City and in collaboration with the Parkway Council. The project is made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia is serving as the fiscal administrator.


“We are honored to be a part of this iconic project. Drawing on a team that includes local firms who have deep roots in shaping Philadelphia’s public spaces and international partners who will leverage key takeaways from the transformation of the Champs-Elysees by PCA-STREAM to the Tverskaya Street Revitalization project in Moscow by Mobility In Chain, we will collaborate with the people of Philadelphia to co-create an equitable and inclusive future for the Parkway,” said Kurt Culbertson, Principal with Design Workshop.


Selected from eighteen renowned design teams, the Design Workshop team includes a local, national and international team of sub-consultants, including Philadelphia-based firms Ground Reconsidered, Kimley-Horn, CH Planning, Meliora Design, and Dharam Consulting.

We are excited to work with Design Workshop and the great international team, on this new great public space for the City of Philadelphia and the The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation!

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