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uCity Square’s newest pocket park
With lush plantings, chess, checkers and backgammon tables, free wi-fi, and a variety of seating options, Innovation Plaza reflects the dynamic energy of the Science Center, uCity Square, and our partners. Located along 37th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets, the pocket park is also home to the Innovators Walk of Fame.
Innovation Plaza is the product of a collaboration between the Science Center International House Philadelphia, National Board of Medical Examiners, PECO, University Lutheran Church and the 3624 Condominium Association. Together the partners created a space that’s accessible to the diverse community that makes up University City and uCity Square. Innovation Plaza is free and open to the public!
The design principle behind Innovation Plaza is the golden ratio. This proportion is infinitely scalable and is reflected in the two and three-dimensional elements of the Plaza such as the dramatic red portals.
The golden ration is found in the design of all nature and life that has inspired architects and designers for millennia. Scientists, mathematicians, engineers and artists all use the golden ratio as a foundational design structure. The integration of the golden ratio into the design of Innovation Plaza pays homage to the technical and scientific roots of the Science Center.