Habithèque Inc. is an interpretive planning and design studio based in Philadelphia, PA. For more than fifteen years, Habithèque has connected organizations, firms and individuals to create dynamic spaces for education, storytelling, and cultural + community engagement.
Our work is interdisciplinary to its core—we link technology, public art, narrative and science in the process of crafting immersive, unexpected and enticing exhibits and experiences for learning.
Our recent work takes us river to river (Delaware to Schuylkill) in Philadelphia, exploring the state of our watershed and helping key cultural institutions situated along the living river to build active and aware water stewards of all ages. Together with a diverse and wild team of makers, thinkers, doers and performers, Habithèque has been crafting interventions, inspirations and experiences at the water’s edge to increase public engagement with Philadelphia’s rivers, blurring boundaries between private educational institutions and the public sphere.
Habithèque thrives on building powerful interpretive experiences that provide relevance to the current moment, grounding the present in historical and spacial context. See our latest work at the Mussel Hatchery Exhibition and Floating Classroom at the Fairmount Water Works, and at River Alive! a multidisciplinary river education project with the Independence Seaport Museum. Previous collaborators and sites include Ellis Island, Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center, the DuPont Environment Education Center, the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, PECO, and the African American Museum of Philadelphia.
Four billion people face severe water scarcity at least once a month each year, according to a recent study. Between groundwater (only some of which we can access through wells) and surface water, less than 1% of all the water on Earth is available to humans as fresh water, the majority of which carries measurable traces of contaminants ranging from medications to petroleum and poisonous heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Access to safe drinking water will continue to tighten as the world faces rising temperatures and sea levels, further encroaching on freshwater systems. Basic scientific literacy about the connections between freshwater systems, energy production and the health of the biosphere is severely missing in our classrooms and in general public discourse.
Our exhibitions and experiences directly target this deficit of environmental education, working to build an informed and engaged citizenry by connecting the act of play with real-world challenges and choices. Our visitor experiences demonstrate best practices in sustainable design in both form and function, featuring nature-based solutions to the essential environmental issues of our time for a healthier future. Habithque creates immersive and engaging spaces to demonstrate cutting edge techniques for water conservation, ecosystem restoration and renewable energy strategies—aiming to build public awareness of these emerging technologies while also providing a vision for scaling these advancements for global impact.
WHO WE ARE
Founder + Principal
Working as an independent consultant since 2007, Victoria A. Prizzia has provided senior management and creative direction in the creation of new interpretation programs throughout the region and across the country—serving the public interest at the intersection of cultural assets, storytelling and innovation.
Victoria holds a Master of Arts in education (critical and creative thinking) and Master of Fine Arts in interpretive planning and design. She combines a lifelong passion for the environment, a rich understanding of how people learn and a deep commitment to serving the public good to develop compelling and enlightening experiences for visitors at cultural institutions large and small.
In addition to nearly 20 years in cultural interpretation, education, and production, Victoria is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Pierie holds a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and a BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work combines interests in public space, dance, affect, secrecy and language. pieriekorostoff.com
Reggie holds a Dog License from the City of Philadelphia. His passions include peanut butter, sleeping in, and staying current on the smells of the neighborhood.