SALT DESIGN STUDIO led a multi-disciplinary team from the Community Design Collaborative in developing an open space master plan for Hope Partnership for Education, a private middle school located in North Philadelphia.
SALT’s team created a phased master plan for improving the entire campus, which included site design for a vacant lot across the street from the school. The overarching concept for Hope is about the power of light, and “illuminating” the community in multiple ways – visually, intellectually and spiritually. Hope’s mission and project presented an opportunity to improve the physical fabric of the neighborhood, establish a strong identity for Hope, and build a social network between Hope and its neighbors.
As part of the master plan, the team created a Landscape Toolkit for the campus and a Phasing Strategy for the vacant lot to help Hope implement improvements. The Phasing Strategy involves pairing each phase of construction with a special community event or activity. The intent is for the Gardens of Illumination to engage students, stakeholders, and the neighbors in a collaborative process that ultimately rejuvenates the neighborhood.