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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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Getting the Big Picture: Volunteer Betsy Way
Elizabeth (Betsy) Way's first Collaborative experience was creating a conceptual plan to tackle a challenging intersection on the Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor. A...
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Team Player: Volunteer Kathy Lent
Architectural designer Kathy Lent is quick to praise the contributions of other team members, but she can also trace her own increasing role over the course of eight pro bono...
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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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Dragon Green wins Community Design Award
Dragon Green Park—an imaginative design for a South Philadelphia green schoolyard inspired by the school’s mascot, a bright yellow dragon—is the winner of the Collaborative’s 2016...
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Our 2016 Community Design Award finalists
Every year, the Community Design Collaborative recognizes one of our pro bono projects for excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact with its Community 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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Viola Street and North Light Take Next Steps
Since finishing Design Grants with us, Viola Street Residents Association and North Light Community Center—two nonprofits who received Design Grants from the Collaborative—have...
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W. B. Saul Honored at White House
In August, W. B. Saul High School, The Nature Conservancy, and the CH2M Foundation were honored with the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships...
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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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