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POSIEOIL Cle The HISTORY of the CITY’S FUTURE Urban Systems eee PHILADELPHIA —- URBAN VOIDS Suburbanization ‘Location: Philadelphia, Pennsyivania, USA Status: Competition ‘Team: Farmadelphia — Front Studio, New York (Yen Ha, Ostap Rudakewyeh, Michi Yanagishita); Urban Catalyst— Exosistema Urbano, Madrid Fig. 1) Philadelphia was originally conceived as an sprawling and de centralized city. The process of sub- ‘urbanization turned this one-time virtue into a vice. Today, the ety has the highest number of vacent inner ity lots of any city in the United States. PHILADELPHIA.) ‘The 2006 competition URBAN a meneame VOIDS, sponsored by Philadelphia eater) LandVisions, tied to confront the problem head on. The competition grow from discussions with experts ‘and residents that focused on Pi ejphia’s ecosystems, geology, and architecture, All the designs selected into the final round tured the empty lots {nto green spaces instead of redeve- Joping it, either to he used for ag culture or as part of a park system. (mage: Pharmadelphia Projet) Fig. 2) The low population den- sity in Philadelphia’ inner city has is historical roots in the ideas of William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania colony. In 1682, Penn