The Collaborative is working with Allegheny West Foundation (AWF) on a two-part design grant that will transform a site in the Allegheny West neighborhood for community use and interaction. The grant will provide technical assistance and engage the community in designing and building one element of a previously-created conceptual open space plan to generate momentum for further improvements. Students from AWF’s summer and fall youth programs will work alongside the Collaborative’s volunteers to plan and implement the design/build project through the Architecture in Education (AIE) program, a service learning program created by the Center for Architecture and Design.
In South Philadelphia, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) and the Collaborative are working together to enhance the South 7th Street Commercial Corridor. SEAMAAC has served Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee population for over 30 years by building community leadership and providing social, health, and education services. The Collaborative will work with a task force of community members and partners. They will focus on design concepts for streetscape and façade improvements to promote a welcoming, vibrant and inviting commercial corridor.
The Collaborative and our volunteers are in the process of planning for Philly’s 11th Annual PARK(ing) Day, an international event that calls attention to the need for urban parks and public spaces. Working with a low budget, the Collaborative will temporarily transform a metered-parking spot on the 1200 block of Arch Street into an interactive and unique parklet. Drawing inspiration from this year’s “playful learning” theme, we are teaming up with the Temple University Infant & Child Lab to integrate learning concepts and design into our parking space.
About Design Grants
The Collaborative’s Design Grants provide preliminary design services to help nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. Every design grant offers a unique scope of services and team of volunteer design professionals to meet the needs of the nonprofit grant recipient and the community it serves. Design Grants prepare nonprofits for the next stage of community development: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.