A design firm that creates enduring places


Mander Rec Center Campus

Understanding, interpreting, amplifying


Mander Recreation Center Campus

Fairmount Park Conservancy

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

Concept Design

As the most used and treasured public space in Strawberry Mansion, Mander Recreation Center Campus serves a hybrid of functions: a place to gather, a place to play, a place to celebrate, and a crossing place. Studio Zewde's design approach focused on understanding, interpreting and amplifying the ways in which Strawberry Mansion lives and grows everyday. By shaping the topography of the landscape to form a clear epicenter of the 22-acre site and giving form and legibility to the patterns of activity embedded in the site today, the new vision plan for the Mander Recreation Center serves as a gateway to the larger Fairmount Park system, while strengthening the daily palette of living in Strawberry Mansion.

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