How can innovative design lead to more affordable housing options? Nonprofit and for-profit developers alike are challenged by the space and layout limitations of the standard rowhouse found in Philadelphia’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In the pilot program that established Infill Philadelphia, the Collaborative explored affordable infill housing prototypes. The goal was to expand affordable single-family homeownership options and meet the needs of modern families.
Community Design Collaborative
Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative
Options for the renovated and new single family housing within rowhouse blocks were developed through a creative, interactive process know as a design challenge. Three design firms worked simultaneously on three, real-life sites in partnership with community-based organizations and property owners. They refined their designs following a mid-review by a jury of experts in design, housing development, finance, and policy and presented final design concepts at a public reveal in 2005.
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