Last October, as part of Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!, the Community Design Collaborative partnered with the Philadelphia Water Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency to host an exhibition showcasing green stormwater infrastructure in U.S. cities. After a standing-room-only launch party and a subsequent month on display, all the display boards were taken down. If you missed the Soak It Up! launch party and exhibition, or if you attended and want to further pore over the projects on display, you now have another chance to see them!
The projects from the exhibition are now aggregated on Issuu, and you can access them here. They’re zoomable, too, so you can soak in every detail! If you like what you see, look out for further ideas from our Soak It Up! design competition, which culminates with presentations by the finalists and three $10,000 award winners on March 7th, 2013.
The exhibit was conceived as a way to introduce Philadelphians to green stormwater infrastructure as a development tool for public and private, large and small scale implementations alike. 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.
While it has become increasingly popular, green stormwater infrastructure has still found significantly more application in suburban and rural areas. These projects show that it can be just as valuable, and stylish, in a major city like Philadelphia. In fact, it’s the key strategy behind Green City, Clean Waters, the City’s innovative and environmentally-sustainable plan to improve the health of our local waterways.