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Reimagining Vacant Land at Repurpose

  • Two kids fasten bottles on the Repurpose! installation, with the help of Beth Miller, Community Design Collaborative executive director. Photo courtesy of Matthew Cianfrani/Slought Foundation.

Repurpose!, a one-day community workshop and public art project to develop creative uses for vacant land, brought together a diverse group of nonprofits, architects and Mantua residents on Saturday, August 22 to build a temporary canopy out of orange clothesline and recycled water bottles.

Repurpose! was part of a series of public programs created to complement the Into the Open, an exhibition that encourages community activism through design and featured a series of events in Philadelphia this summer both inside and outside museum walls.   The Community Design Collaborative is the public programming partner.

The Architects Newspaper Blog recently featured an article about Repurpose!, read it here.

  • The event took place at 611 N. 40th Street in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia and was on the future site of Jannie's Place, an affordable housing complex named after Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Photo courtesy of Matthew Cianfrani/Slought Foundation.

  • Neighbors chipped in to help put up and take down the structure. Over 1500 plastic bottles were collected and 70 recycling bins were distributed to the community. Photo courtesy of Matthew Cianfrani/Slought Foundation.


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