Earlier this month, teams of architects, designers, fabricators and artists from across the city transformed the 1100 block of Pearl Street with "Pearl Street Passage," a series of ten interactive installations featured at the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. The ten multidisciplinary teams spent several months leading up to the festival's kick-off (held at the beautiful Liao Collection gallery) exploring this year's theme, SHIFT.
During the four-day exhibition called "Pearl Street Passage," this underutilized block, which includes a 50’ wide tunnel under the Reading Viaduct, came alive with through thoughtful temporary design interventions and with the music and dance of the energetic Worldtown SoundSystem. Drawing over 3,500 visitors of all ages, Pearl Street Passage demonstrated the possibilities and opportunities of Pearl Street, the Callowhill/Chinatown North Neighborhood and The Rail Park. Check out Good Motion Project's video recap of the Pearl Street Passage here.
While the installations along Pearl Street were temporary, the exhibition aimed to bring attention to a longer term effort. Pearl Street Project, coordinated by Asian Arts Initiative in partnership with an array of neighborhood stakeholders (including Friends of the Rail Park, the Center for Architecture and the Center City District), aims to imagine and transform the Pearl Street alleyway into an outdoor gallery and public gathering space and to connect the four blocks from 10th to Broad Street. Asian Arts Initiative is currently working with Groundswell Design Group to implement a permanent schematic design for Pearl Street.