PhilaU Students Create Wildlife Viewing Blind for GreenAllies

The wildlife viewing blind will raise awareness about the environment.

The wildlife viewing blind at Althouse Arboretum will raise awareness about the environment.

A transdisciplinary team of Philadelphia University students have collaborated with the GreenAllies sustainability foundation and Upper Pottsgrove Township to design and fabricate a wildlife viewing blind to raise awareness of the natural environment.

The design-build project was part of PhilaU’s Lab for Urban and Social Innovation, which unites communities, students, faculty and stakeholders in collective action through projects in the built environment.

The team included architecture students Mat Lombardo, Marisa Mines, Chris Murnin, Peter Nagel and Matt Zepp, engineering student Abdulmalik Alkraidees, and David Kratzer, associate professor of architecture. Occupational therapy student Katie Strauss and assistant occupational therapy professor Monique Chabot gave guidance on improving the usability of the project.

The blind will be installed in the Althouse Arboretum in Pottstown, Pa., this month.

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