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What's next for Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!

  • Making the connection between land and river: The Hidden River Plaza is an element of the Stormwater reStore               team's winning entry for retrofitting a retail site.

Thanks to everyone who has already participated in Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!, a partnership of the Philadelphia Water Department, EPA Region 3, and the Community Design Collaborative.

A key part of the initiative was a national design competition with a focus on green stormwater infrastructure. More than 300 design professionals from the fields of civil engineering, landscape architecture, and architecture teamed up on 28 innovative entries.

On March 7, more than 300 people attended the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Design Awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences to hear the finalists present and discover who would win the prizes. If you weren't able to attend, you can get a taste of the evening through an excellent video produced by Green Treks or these stories in Archinect, Next City, and Plan Philly.

Here's what's next for Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!

The Collaborative is working with Grid, the Philly region’s sustainability magazine, to produce a special supplement to its August 2013 issue. The supplement will serve as our report on the initiative and its programs. It will feature  winners, finalists, and cool ideas from the design competition, projects from last fall's precedent exhibition, and the Transforming Urban Schoolyards and Urban Remix design charrettes.

Be sure to join us on Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 pm (note new date) at the Academy of Natural Sciences for the launch of the supplement at Grid Alive!, a quirky talk show format party.

Consider placing an ad in the supplement. Mention us and you'll get a 10% discount. Ad rates range from $90 to $1,250. Your ad will help defray publication costs and get your firm or organization in front of an audience of 75,000 readers. Ads and artwork are due June 22. Contact Chris Mohr for details.

Finally, we're curating a capstone exhibition about Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! in October and November 2013 to coincide with Design Philadelphia and Greenbuild. Contact Linda Dottor if you'd like to help out with the show.


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