Philadelphia University recently announced that a transdisciplinary team of its students has partnered with GreenAllies, a sustainability foundation, as well as with Upper Pottsgrove Township, for the designing and construction of a blind for the viewing of wildlife.
The project is meant to bring awareness to the natural environment. It is part of the Lab for Urban and Social
Innovation at the university. This lab was designed to bring together
communities, students, faculty and stakeholders in collaborative projects for
The team from Philadelphia University consisted of
architecture students Mat Lombardo, Marisa Mines, Chris Murnin, Peter Nagel and
Matt Zepp, as well as engineering student Abdulmalik Alkraidees and associate
professor of architecture David Kratzer.
Advice on how to improve the usability
of the project was given by Katie Strauss, an occupational therapy major, and
Monique Chabot, assistant professor of occupational therapy.
The installation of the blind is expected to be completed sometime in
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