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  • Community Design Collaborative –
    reach its full potential When I came on board says Mike Harris Executive Director of SSHD 4th Street merchants had not received the benefits of the district The businesses wanted lights says Elena That s been on people s wish list for many years It looked like a ghost town after dark Mike concurs Lights were their 1 priority Businesses would leave their lights on after business hours to compensate Businesses were investing via their electric bills to make the street look good SSHD needed to invest too The businesses wanted lights That s been on people s wish list for many years It looked like a ghost town after dark Our budget was tight says Mike We didn t have the dollars to hire especially not knowing if we had city funding for the project So SSHD came to the Collaborative for a preliminary design A key part of the design process was a community task force that brought everyone with a stake in 4th Street together In particular the task force brought the ultimate funders to the table a good thing according to Mike I wanted to get them excited about us Participants included 4th Street merchants old and new SSHD board members the Commerce Department and Councilman Mark Squilla Just starting the project got people thinking says Mike We focused on things that we could do We didn t want a study on a shelf The Collaborative s volunteer team put together a conceptual plan that includes pedestrian lighting patterned crosswalks sidewalk bump outs street trees planters street furniture ideas for using old cast iron trolley line poles for public art and prototypes for storefront façade improvements Just starting the project got people thinking We focused on things that we could do We didn t want a

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2016/02/12/let-there-be-light (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative –
    the conceptual plan for Columbus Square Park Happy trails and parks The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced grants for nine Philly open space projects including 300 000 for Columbus Square Park and 388 000 for Markward Playground Design Grants from the Collaborative helped the Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and Friends of Schuylkill River Park build consensus compelling pitches for improvements More on this year s

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2016/02/01/design-grants-lead-to-pa-dcnr-funding (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    grants economic development education events housing and community development in the media infill philadelphia non profits open space partnerships preservation religious schoolyards social services sustainability vacant land volunteers Article Craig Totaro Creating a Campus for Arts and Entertainment What do Brazilian music weddings piano lessons arts festivals and Zumba classes have in common They all take place at the Twentieth Century Club in the heart of Lansdowne Read All Article Crane Arts Cool Creative Industrial Reuse Check out WHYY s Friday Arts interview today with Beth Miller Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative on how the Crane Building fits into the American Read All Article Meet Our Clients Rachel Dukeman of Plays and Players http youtu be hl5unO AuPg Plays and Players is a century old theater club devoted to promoting emerging Philadelphia artists and new works In the vibrant and rapidly expanding Read All Article Creative Partnership for Revitalization The Collaborative is partnering with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on a pilot program that coordinates architectural and landscape improvements with public Read All Article Meet Our Clients Matthew Braun of Fleisher Art Memorial How do you take an eclectic collection of old historic buildings and adapt

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=arts%20and%20culture (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    Imagining 8th Berks The Collaborative has just wrapped up a conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of 1 8 acres of vacant land at 8th and Berks Streets the focus of last November s Read All Article Design Charrettes Contribute to Sustainability in West Philly In May 2012 the Collaborative s Transforming Urban Schoolyards design charrette invited designers students teachers and parents from Kelly Elementary School in Germantown and Read All Article Ideas for Reactivating Vacant Schools For decades public schools have anchored Philadelphia s neighborhoods They are places where you meet other parents make lifelong friends and expect to send your Read All Article Mixed Use and Multi Generational 8th and Berks Re Imagined How do you make the most of the opportunity to redevelop the last large aggregation of land in lower Eastern North Philadelphia Sometime in the near future the Read All Article Urban Remix Design Charrette Recap Get the flash player here http www adobe com flashplayer On November 16 2012 the Urban Remix Design Charrette and Reveal brought together nearly one hundred people Read All Article Reactivating Vacant Schools As the School District of Philadelphia closes schools throughout the city communities are confronting a painful

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=charrette (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    Play Space Schoolyards Donate March 17th 2016 Play Space Design Awards show where design comes into play View the Article Browse by Tag All arts and culture charrette design charrette design grants economic development education events housing and community development in the media infill philadelphia non profits open space partnerships preservation religious schoolyards social services sustainability vacant land volunteers Strengthening Neighborhoods Through Design About Our Work Services Volunteers Nonprofits Donate

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=design%20charrette (2016-04-24)
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    Golden sledgehammers were the tool of choice for the groundbreaking of Wynne Senior Residences this week The redevelopment of the site of the former Wynne Theater Wynne Read All Article Our 2015 Community Design Award Winner In October the Community Design Collaborative presented its 2015 Community Design Award to Nicetown Sports Court This annual award recognizes one Design Grant for excellence in Read All Article Design Grants lead to PA DCNR funding Happy trails and parks The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced grants for nine Philly open space projects including 300 000 for Read All Article Potential Volunteer Opportunities Fall 2015 Want to use your design skills to help local nonprofits The Community Design Collaborative is currently reviewing applications from nonprofits who recently applied to receive pro Read All Article Our 2015 Community Design Award Finalists Every year the Community Design Collaborative recognizes one of its many compelling Design Grants for excellence in design collaboration and community impact with its Community Read All Article Fourth Round of Design Grants Awarded for 2015 The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants With help from the Collaborative Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery will choose

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=design%20grants (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    our recent Storefront Challenge awards celebration The Merchant Fund s Patricia Blakely likened a new facade to a new dress that looks good and gets you noticed The Read All Article Refreshing Ridge Avenue Storefronts The Ridge Avenue Midvale Avenue Commercial Corridor is a place for neighborhood errands as well as the front door to East Falls for Philadelphians out for a walk run ride Read All Article Taking it to the Streets Each year the Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce share some of the lessons we ve learned working together on Philly s neighborhood commercial corridors by Read All Article Re imagining the East Falls Corridor East Falls asserts itself Brawny steel bridges and brick arches set the stage as you approach its Midvale Avenue gateway from Kelly Drive This past year we worked with Read All Article Amplifying the Impact of Mariposa Section for the Mariposa s proposed food co op from our conceptual design and feasibility study GRID magazine revisited Mariposa Food Co op in its February issue to report on Read All Article Best face forward the economic impact of SIP Does a well designed storefront façade really make a difference Commerce recently released

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=economic%20development (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    a Collaborative volunteer It s just this big paved Read All Article For Zane North a Blueprint to Grow Greener Zane North an elementary school in Collingswood NJ is known for its academic excellence and engaged parents The school wants to grow greener and the Collaborative s Read All Article Schools at Work The Community Design Collaborative s design assistance got Meredith School on Philadelphia magazine s DIY School Reform honor roll for their plans to green their schoolyard Read All Article Ideas for Reactivating Vacant Schools For decades public schools have anchored Philadelphia s neighborhoods They are places where you meet other parents make lifelong friends and expect to send your Read All Article The School Reuse Project Receives NEA Grant National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that the Community Design Collaborative has received a matching grant The grant will support The Read All Article Finding New Life for Irreplaceable Buildings Boyd Theater The Legendary Blue Horizon Nineteenth Street Baptist Church Engine 46 Firehouse Shawmont Station Robinson Store Haddington Historic District Read All Article Reactivating Vacant Schools As the School District of Philadelphia closes schools throughout the city communities are confronting a painful reality

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?tag=education (2016-04-24)
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