The Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia Water Department, and US Environmental Protection Agency are hosting an exhibition of over 40 projects designed to soak up stormwater and make cities more attractive, healthy, and engaging places to live. The exhibition is part of Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up!, a design initiative exploring how green stormwater infrastructure—rain gardens, green roofs, and more—can play an important role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods, especially in older American cities.
Projects from the Philadelphia region and cities including Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Richmond, and Pittsburgh will be on display from Monday, September 17 through Friday, October 19 at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5:00 on Sunday.
A launch party for Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Center for Architecture will give sustainability-minded Philadelphians a chance to learn more about the design initiative and meet the designers of the projects selected for the exhibition. RSVP.
The exhibition will showcase green stormwater infrastructure designed with cities in mind. Beth Miller, executive director of the Community Design Collaborative, says, “The exhibition will also be the prelude a national design competition. Beginning on October 4, we're inviting design teams from around the country to think creatively about bringing green stormwater infrastructure—more commonly seen in rural and suburban settings until now—to cities like Philadelphia.”
Green stormwater infrastructure copies natural systems that intercept rainwater during heavy storms and allow it to filter back into the soil, evaporate into the air, or refresh wetlands or streams. Green stormwater infrastructure is especially critical to Philadelphia. It is the key strategy behind Green City, Clean Waters, the City's innovative and environmentally-sustainable plan to improve the health of our local waterways.