Research: Urban Public Spaces

Public spaces, while essential in communities, are evaluated with a wide variety of measurement tools. This research report, funded by the William Penn Foundation, looks at the tools which are available and the lenses (incl. economic, health, community development, and more) these tools use for evaluation.


In collaboration with Hamil Pearsall, PhD; Stephen Dickinson; and Kyle Cruz, through Temple University College of Liberal Arts Geography and Urban Studies Department. Click the image at left to access the report. 

Engagement: PhotoVoice

Using my experience in visual storytelling and planning, I've successfully facilitated youth PhotoVoice community engagement efforts. Photos made by neighborhood teens showed their interactions with the built environments of their neighborhoods and aided in understanding area assets and needs.

Click on a project to learn more.

Discover Germantown Avenue Historic Walking Tour

A product of the Community Development Workshop capstone course at the Tyler School of Art + Architecture, DGA is a self-guided historic walking tour designed in collaboration with long-term neighborhood residents and Eastern North Philadelphia community development corporation APM. The 2019 Workshop Cohort began this work by hosting a story-sharing event called Remembering and Envisioning Germantown Avenue, which focused on memories of the once-booming commercial corridor. Community members also expressed a desire to share this history with new residents of the now-gentrifying neighborhood. Our cohort continued this work by recording residents' stories of past land use on audio, creating a website with the recordings and historical write ups, a printed brochure, and outdoor signs relaying the history of sites on the tour. 

As graphics and posters lead, I was responsible for developing the project's visual language for printed collateral, including our style guide, logo, and map, poster, and report formatting. Report document here.

Check out our site, and treat yourself to a self-guided tour if you're in the area. 

© 2019 by Maggie Loesch

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