The Community Design Collaborative celebrates its 25th birthday this year!
The Collaborative has always believed in building communities with strong futures. In 1991, a group of self described “anarchist architects” created the Collaborative to meet a critical need. Since then, the Collaborative has helped communities imagine their highest hopes for their neighborhoods.
The Collaborative was born out of a series of actions by architects seeking to serve their communities. Together they provided the template and help to make us who we are today.
Philadelphia is not the same city it was when the Collaborative began. Many neighborhoods have seen significant reinvestment and revival. But the need for community design is still here. Not everyone has access to quality housing, economic opportunity, healthy outdoor spaces, or great schools. The Collaborative's design process remains a powerful way to engage people and strengthen neighborhoods.