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This is a Project. It was designed by Interface Studio Architects and collaborator: University of Pennsylvania, Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, DesignPhiladelphia, University of the Arts and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. It is dated 2010–14.

Despite decades of job and population loss, Philadelphia’s significant assets—established communities, strong cultural heritage, and historic architecture—remain. Seeking to reposition historic preservation within the city, the GRAY AREA project explores new ways for old buildings to support the future of neighborhoods. The GRAY AREA card deck encourages community stakeholders to think creatively about preservation challenges, prompting users to learn about and discuss local history, identify and share closely held values, and brainstorm possible uses, programs, and design interventions.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Process Lab: Citizen Design and By the People: Designing a Better America.

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