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July 1st, 2016

Celebrating 25 years!

100,000 hours of community service, more than 600 Design Grants, and 6 Infill Philadelphia initiatives, and many, many great stories.

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Risky Business: The dangers of playgrounds that are too safe
Meghan Talarowski is the founder and director of Studio Ludo. She recently spent six months in London studying playgrounds and collecting data on user demographics, behavior and...
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Facade Fanatic
Guest columnist Patricia Blakely talks about how every small business can become a “façade fanatic". She would know! As Executive Director of The Merchants Fund, she offers grants...
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Second round of Design Grants awarded for 2016
The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants! The Collaborative will be working with Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery on a conceptual design...
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Summer of Play
Two inventive Collaborative volunteer teams brought playfulness to public spaces this summer. One team designed giant P-L-A-Y letters and other fun stuff for Philly Play's Day of...
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Play It Up
Check out Daniel Jost's column in the July 2016 issue Landscape Architecture Magazine, where he writes about our yearlong campaign to promote the value of recreation in...
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Making the World Better at Waterloo
Waterloo Recreation Center, one of three sites that were the focus of our Play Space design competition, has received $200,000 from the Make the World Better Foundation to kick...
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The Art of Estimating: Volunteer Mike Funk
"My work gives nonprofits a plan that is easier to fund, because they’ve gotten a professional look at what they need to do and they know what it’s going to cost," says cost...
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Celebrating 25 years!
“Many of the new families in the neighborhood did not think that North Light served them. Now, they’re coming to use our play space. They see a flyer about one of our programs...
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Beth Miller editor for Social Justice + Design issue of AIA's Context
Beth Miller, Collaborative executive director, and Sally Harrison, Associate Professor at Temple University Tyler School of Art, served as guest editors for the spring 2016 issue...
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