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Urban Thinkscape Play Area, Philadelphia PA


Temple Architecture


Urban Thinkscape


Studio Sustena as Roofmeadow


Itia Palti Architects


1,500 square feet

Together the team (including Temple University, Itai Palti Architects, Public Workshop, Studio Ludo, Science Museum of Minnesota, Community Bible Deliverance Kingdom Ministries, Belmont Alliance Civic Association & the City of Philadelphia) envisioned an engaging, highly customized and designed playspace that would present educational playful learning opportunities for young people in the neighborhood. Studio Sustena and Roofmeadow Services, Inc. were engaged to coordinate among the many collaborators, finalize and document the design, and see the project through to construction.

Urban Thinkscape | Sahar Coston-Hardy


The playspace has transformed an underutilized lot at an exposed, high-traffic corner. Custom features of the playspace include a “puzzle wall” with rotating cylinders that form images, a 17 foot aluminum structure that casts shapes in silhouette, and a faceted wood deck with embedded “story” images. The project has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and is intended to be a flagship that will lead to construction of Urban Thinkscapes across the country.

Urban Thinkscape | 4001 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA

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At Roofmeadow, we strive to create extraordinary experiences, with balance and integrity, transforming how people see and inhabit their daily landscapes.

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