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Urban Energy Design Charrette

  • Gritty and green: Generating ideas for a green business marketplace.

What do bees, pole beans, pencils, and fledgling green businesses have in common? A shared home in Hunting Park West! 2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue is the current location of several sustainably-minded groups: SHARE, Green Village Philadelphia, Common Market, and United Way’s teacher supply program.

Join us for a design charrette to help these groups re-imagine their old-school industrial site as a green, mixed-use marketplace that will serve as a community hub and a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

The charrette will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday, April 28 from 8 AM to 4 PM in conjunction with the DVGBC Best of Greenbuild 2011 conference. Register for the Urban Energy Design Charrette.

SHARE recently purchased the five-acre property and 170,000 sf warehouse, after being a tenant for over twenty years. Taking ownership has prompted them to consider a long-term vision for the site. SHARE currently has its food distribution center on the site and has established an organic farm and a bee-keeping operation there too.

Looking ahead, SHARE wants to use the existing buildings and land efficiently, build in opportunities for the different organizations to interact and share resources, and create a demonstration site for sustainable practices. The ideas generated through the design charrette will provide direction and inspiration for a master plan for the site.

The Community Design Collaborative and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council are charrette co-hosts. As part of the DVGBC Best of Greenbuild 2011 conference, it will bring a mix of design and green technology professionals together to collaborate. The charrette is a part of the Collaborative’s Urban Energy initiative, a series of special events to recognize the Community Design Collaborative’s 20th anniversary.


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