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  • Community Design Collaborative – blog
    with six community development corporations this year to promote storeowner investment in building façade improvements through its new rStore Read All Article Summer in the City with Into the Open Forget the dog days of summer with a celebration of edible education architects in conversation a sustainability tour and a one day community workshop exploring the creative Read All Article Getting Smashed at Glassphemy An idea from the Collaborative s Infill Philadelphia Industrial Sites Temporary Reuse Design Charrette has got legs and is on the move The charrette brought together a Read All Article Infill Philadelphia to Explore Reuse of Industrial Sites Infill Philadelphia will look at design strategies for revitalizing manufacturing in old industrial sites like this former factory In the most recent real estate boom many Read All Article Collaborative Intern Angelo Drummond Our interns are always wonderful but it s rare for one to get national coverage Angelo Drummond a 17 year old junior at MetEast High School in Camden N J and a current Read All Article National Support for Urban Neighborhoods and Industry How do you repurpose a complicated old manufacturing complex or activate an isolated industrial plot Can housing and light industry share the

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog?page=2&tag=partnerships (2016-04-24)
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    the volunteer team the basis for a sculptural textile inspired streetscape design of Fourth Street Leila said Once you frame the story and you understand what it means to the community you have a framework for the architectural design My part in the team I ve found is to bring that story to life The background story makes the resulting design even more valuable to communities Leila explained You wind up with a final product that goes much beyond telling the client here s the design and here s the cost You wind up setting a narrative so that they can use this as a springboard to getting other things In 2012 Leila volunteered with the Friends Housing Cooperative project and she ultimately recommended that the affordable housing group apply for the National Register of Historic Places When the Friends Co op later decided to follow her advice they reached out to her to prepare the documentation a determination of eligibility This was an exciting moment for Leila not just because it was a professional opportunity but because it was a chance for her to keep digging into research that would help this neighborhood I ve never had the sense that we re giving a report that s just going to be put on a shelf and is just going to sit there There s always a sense that there s going to be some steps happening afterward And if you re lucky maybe you have the opportunity to be part of those steps The Heartbeat in Community Design When Leila volunteers it is not only as a preservationist but also as a designer and strong advocate for community design I mean I love buildings I hug my buildings She laughs but also admits that the buildings are nothing if

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2014/12/10/leila-hamroun-finding-the-future-in-the-past (2016-04-24)
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    a physical presence that matches their cultural significance But others like John Coltrane s house in Strawberry Mansion or Joe Frazier s Gym on North Broad Street blend all too easily into a larger landscape dilapidated homes and storefronts Check out Philly Buildings that Deserve Saving for Community s Sake for the complete list The Community Design Collaborative worked with the owners of two of the buildings on this list

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2011/12/13/saving-buildings-for-community-s-sake (2016-04-24)
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    campaign for church renovations St Peter s has formed a Capital Campaign Committee allocated funds for a pre campaign assessment and hired McIntyre Associates to conduct the assessment We are using the Collaborative s report as a basis for all we are doing to moving ahead says Senior Warden Mike Logar In 2007 the Collaborative provided a master plan for renewal for this growing congregation in Phoenixville Friends of Dickinson Square has received a 300 000 matching grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for refurbishing the park One piece of the renovation plan a green wall on the park s community building will this spring will be installed this spring thanks to a 7 500 grant from Philadelphia Green s Parks Revitalization Program The group announced the good news to the Pennsport community at its general meeting in March 2009 The Collaborative completed a master plan for park renovations for Dickinson Square in 2007 Photo courtesy of Programs Employing People Programs Employing People PEP completed the construction of a new warehouse addition and the renovation of a basement level bowling alley in February 2009 The new warehouse creates storage space for materials used in PEP s

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2009/04/06/catch-up-with-our-clients (2016-04-24)
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    a green schoolyard On May 4th the Community Design Collaborative and Philadelphia Water will release Transforming Philadelphia s Schoolyards The goal of this how to guide is to help more schoolyards become green eco friendly places for learning as well as play and active contributors to Philadelphia s innovative stormwater management plan Green City Clean Waters Transforming Philadelphia s Schoolyards will help both schools and communities who are ready to seek a Design Grant from the Collaborative for a schoolyard project or who simply want to know how to do a green schoolyard project The guide includes the following sections Case Studies share the stories of three schools with different resources scales and budgets who worked with the Collaborative and implemented schoolyard projects Steps to a Green Schoolyard breaks down the broader process that nonprofit school groups will undergo from community organizing and the conceptual planning that the Collaborative provides to later phases of fundraising implementation and stewardship Design Elements is a comprehensive illustrated list of ideas Collaborative volunteers have integrated into schoolyard projects over the years and explores how these elements can benefit students The schoolyards featured in the guide would not have happened without the help of more than 100 Collaborative volunteers The last pages of the guide are devoted to recognizing the volunteers who contributed to each schoolyard project Come Celebrate We ll celebrate the release of Transforming Philadelphia s Schoolyards on Monday May 4th from 5 30pm to 7 30pm at the Center for Architecture 1216 Arch Street Come celebrate with us The release event will include a panel discussion featuring the leaders of three successful schoolyard makeovers at Henry C Lea Elementary School Cook Wissahickon Elementary School and Albert M Greenfield Elementary School moderated by Mami Hara Chief of Staff for Philadelphia Water Panelists will

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2015/04/30/transforming-philadelphia-s-schoolyards (2016-04-24)
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    Dr Matthew O Brien He s candid about why holistic programs like this are so essential I m an ER doctor you get trained to salvage lives and deal with some pretty horrific things but when you see a 15 year old kid shot in the chest you say to yourself The fight s not in my ER the fight s out in the community Puentes will soon be able to bring all of its programs under one roof thanks to office space donated by University of Pennsylvania Health System Before moving forward the nonprofit asked the Community Design Collaborative to assess its space needs consider potential costs and develop a conceptual design for adapting the space Steven Larson an ER doctor and Puentes executive director and the future site of Puentes de Salud at South and 17th Streets Photos by Kacie Comly Liss Steve describes the new facility as a keystone for Puentes that piece that locks it all into place He says We re going to finally be able to expand our clinical care to five days a week All of a sudden we can realize that aspect of our mission Along the way you start bringing in all the other educational pieces You use health care as the hook that brings people to you and then you get them into the ESL English as a Second Language class or the nutrition class or the prenatal class or the GED class He s looking forward to making the currently drab empty space into a vibrant center for Puentes The full on sense for what the capacity for this space was actually just escaped me The volunteer team immediately saw the potential with the space up there pointing to the drop ceiling and the facade along South Street You

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2013/02/01/meet-our-clients-steve-larson-of-puentes-de-salud (2016-04-24)
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  • Community Design Collaborative –
    catching medallions and manhole covers to mark the location of Philly s new green stormwater tools Help the Water Department raise awareness about these innovative tools in our neighborhoods and inspire residents to uncover the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure Uncover the Green is open exclusively to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at Philadelphia based colleges and universities All entries must be submitted by March 28 2014 by 5 00

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2014/02/12/uncover-the-green-student-design-competition (2016-04-24)
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    to see Philly s unique brand of neighborhood centered green stormwater infrastructure Infill Philadelphia Soak It Up Philadelphia City Hall 2nd and 4th Floors Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM Please use the visitor s entrance at the northeast corner of City Hall across from the Masonic Temple Featuring entries from the Infill Philadelphia Soak It Up design competition design work from two design charrettes and innovative green stormwater infrastructure work happening in the region Philly Green Center for Architecture 1218 Arch Street Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM Sunday Noon to 5 PM Extended hours during Greenbuild The best of sustainable design by the region s firms including the winners and the finalists from the Infill Philadelphia Soak It Up design competition Infill Philadelphia Soak It Up is a successful partnership of the Philadelphia Water Department U S Environmental Protection Agency and Community Design Collaborative The partnership explored how green stormwater infrastructure can be designed to manage stormwater and revitalize neighborhoods in Philadelphia Government agencies nonprofit organizations community leaders Philadelphia residents and design engineering and sustainability professionals participated in a kick off exhibition presenting current green tools for cities two intensive full day design workshops

    Original URL path: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2013/10/31/soak-it-up-welcomes-greenbuild (2016-04-24)
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