A design firm that creates enduring places

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Mander Playground

Understanding, interpreting, amplifying


Mander Playground

Fairmount Park Conservancy

PROJECT TEAM Studio Zewde, Landscape Architecture DIGSAU, Architecture Amber Art+Design, Community Engagement

Concept Design

Mander Playground is the living, breathing epicenter of the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, often cited as the community's treasured front yard, as well as the fulcrum of historic East Fairmount Park. In view of future Rebuild Philadelphia investments, Studio Zewde has been commissioned to develop a conceptual design for the Mander Rec Center and its campus. Studio Zewde's design approach at Mander starts with understanding the ways in which Strawberry Mansion lives and grows everyday. By pairing creative community engagement with thorough site and community research, Studio Zewde is bringing the highest levels of design rigor to the delivery of a new Vision Plan for Mander Playground — rooted in understanding, interpreting, amplifying and designing around the existing strengths of the space.