Image: Matthew Nelson

Last week we lauded the German engineering that went into the Tempelhof Wasserpark student design project for the Berlin Airport, but we neglected to mention another award-winning planning project that’s closer to home: Envisioning Francisville’s Future was also recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the team that developed the project includes John Sloan, who interned at the Philadelphia Water Department this summer. The plan lays out a vision for revitalizing the Philadelphia’s Francisville section by filling in vacant lots with new residential and commercial spaces, as well as implementing infrastructure (rain gardens, street trees, curb planters) to green the neighborhood.