Philadelphia’s Historical Maps and Green Initiatives

Feb 12, 2014

The ‘Greene Countrie Towne,’ William Penn’s seventeenth century vision for Philadelphia, has served as the spatial framework for the city throughout its history. The initial city plan has been a central force guiding Philadelphia’s urban imagination. Penn’s vision of a ‘Greene Countrie Towne’ is responsible for initiating and driving the idea of ‘green’ that characterizes Philadelphia. With Penn’s plan and vision as guide, Philadelphia’s ideas of ‘green’ along with the city’s green infrastructure have developed over time and have served as a driver of Philadelphia’s identity.

This paper outlines the thread that links Philadelphia’s initial plan and vision to the current day. The reflective quality of the sustainable city, directly linked to the ‘green’ vision for Philadelphia, has the potential to impact the urban imagination in a new and innovative manner while building on the historical thread that links back to the vision of the ‘Greene Countrie Towne.’

Kate Wingert-Playdon (Temple University)
Presented at: 
ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference on Architectural Research (Honolulu, HI)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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