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Announcing our 2017 Community Design Award finalists

Every year, the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Services Committee selects three projects completed in the previous year as finalists for its Community Design Award. The award recognizes excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact.

This year’s finalists are projectPhiladelphia, in partnership with AEC Cares and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Conceptual Design for Streetscape Improvements, in partnership with Frankford CDC; and Southwest Gateway Housing, in partnership with Southwest CDC.

The winner will be selected by a jury comprised of members of AIA Chicago, in a review organized by AIA Philadelphia to select the recipients of its annual Design Awards. The jury will be asked to choose the project that best demonstrates the principles of good design, has the most potential to serve as a community design model, and exhibits the strongest feasibility for implementation. 

The finalists 
projectPhiladelphia with AEC Cares and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation: A recreation center serving hundreds of low income children needed repairs to supports its committed staff and strong arts programming.
Conceptual Design for Streetscape Improvements with Frankford CDC: A chaotic intersection on Frankford Avenue needs taming and a sense of place.
Southwest Gateway Housing with Southwest CDC: Senior homeowners are the anchor of this Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, but are finding it harder to live independently as they grow older.

The winning volunteer team and nonprofit partners will be recognized as part of the AIA Annual Design Awards on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Collaborative will also feature the finalists in AIA Philadelphia’s Excellence in Design exhibition, which will take place at the Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street, from October 5 through 13, 2017 during this year's DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

Visit Our Work to learn more about these projects, their nonprofit champions, and the volunteer firms and professionals who contributed their expertise. 

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