November 17, 2015

Liacouras Walk and Wachman Plaza: Construction Complete

Construction of The Liacouras Walk and Wachman Plaza, the first project to be realized under VERDANT TEMPLE, Temple University’s Landscape Master Plan, is now complete.

VERDANT TEMPLE was completed in 2014. The plan establishes a strong vision for the campus landscape environment, increases aesthetic appeal and functionality, integrates new landscape and capital projects within the existing campus fabric, and guides and informs future campus developments.

Congratulations to all those involved!

November 9, 2015

ASLA Annual Meeting

Ground Reconsidered’s Julie Bush, along with Joe Sikora of Sikora Well Appel and David Fierabend of Groundswell, presented “Public Space Prototypes: Temporary Parks Transform the City”, at the ASLA convention in Chicago. Inga Saffron, architectural critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, moderated the event about the pop-up phenomenon and the design of temporary places.

Pop-up parks (which use simple, inexpensive elements to activate public spaces temporarily) have recently become a staple of summer in Philadelphia and are attracting attention nationwide. The three case studies presented by the panel were: Ground Reconsidered’s Evolution of the Oval, Spruce Street Harbor Park by Groundswell, and Roosevelt Plaza Park and the Pop-up Pool Project by Sikora Wells Appel.

November 1, 2015


We are proud to announce the publication of VERDANT TEMPLE, a transformative landscape master plan.

Congratulations, and thanks to our partners at Temple University and to our creative design team: Wallace Roberts & Todd, Cloud Gehshan Associates, The Lighting Practice, Duffield Associates, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Jeanne C. Pond, and Becker & Frondorf.

For more information and to view the plan, check out the following link: VERDANT TEMPLE