Creative Placemaking

Philippa designs creative placemaking projects that bring people together who might not normally meet to engage in dialogue and meaningful interaction. She constructs human-centered activations that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships.



SEE / CHANGE is a video art installation that puts a human face on how population change and economic shifts affect neighborhoods and communities. The installation can be adapted to any neighborhood wishing to shine a light on its residents and to connect them to one another.

In its first iteration, video portraits of community members were projected in storefronts along Lower Georgia Avenue NW during one week in November 2016. Mobile projections took place on a different wall each night. A series of Interviews with residents telling their stories about the neighborhood were posted on Discussions, workshops, and gatherings were hosted in locations throughout the neighborhood.



SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival showcased a powerful and lively line-up of public performance art in Rosslyn, VA. SUPERNOVA brought together more than 75 emerging and established local, national and international artists who took to the streets and parks to energize public spaces and engage audiences in unexpected ways. Presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and produced by The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes, SUPERNOVA activated Rosslyn’s raw spaces, office lobbies, rooftops, the Metro station, parks and public spaces. 



The Lightbox — powered by Pink Line Project —  shined a celebratory spotlight on DC’s emerging creative community by hosting the launch party of the inaugural LUMEN8Anacostia festival, activating the former Metropolitan Police Department evidence warehouse in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, illuminating the arts, culture, and entertainment emanating from Our Nation’s Capital.




"The Temporium, located in the former R.L. Christian Library at 13th and H streets NE, is an outgrowth of the D.C. Office of Planning's "temporary urbanism" initiative. "We want to activate vacant spaces and create lively neighborhood corridors throughout the city that would support creative entrepreneurs and highlight retail potential in emerging areas such as H Street," said Tanya Washington, chief of staff at the Office of Planning.

She said the city brought together a number of creative types, including Hughes, to brainstorm on the best uses for the empty spaces sprinkled about the District. Hughes championed the idea of establishing a short-term retail collective. These artist incubators are fairly common throughout New York and Los Angeles but have not become so on the D.C. design scene." -The Washington Post