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March 28th, 2019

First Round of Design Grants for 2019

Four nonprofits have received grants of preliminary design services in through the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Grant Program. We'll be helping them activate two sacred spaces and two lots for community use.

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Risk and challenge - vital ingredients of a 21st century playground
“Children’s appetite for exploration, stimulation and everyday adventure remains as strong as ever,” says Tim Gill, an independent researcher, writer and consultant. Tim also...
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Frankford Pause
At a block party on Saturday, Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled our conceptual plans for Frankford Pause, a pop-up park to be built on a vacant lot next to the Margaret-Orthodox...
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Azavea Summer of Maps
The Collaborative has been chosen to participate in Azavea’s Summer of Maps! This three-month long fellowship gives student GIS analysts the opportunity to perform geospatial...
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Dan Meier, Engineering a Greener City
  "You cringe… there’s not an inch of green!" says civil engineer Dan Meier about some of the schoolyards he’s seen as a Collaborative volunteer, “ It’s just this big paved...
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Making a Start at Reviving Two Parks
Most of our pro bono park plans get their start through local efforts to unleash the green and make room for good things to happen. Here are tales of two parks—Gold Star Park and...
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Blueprint for a Green Schoolyard
E.M. Stanton Elementary School is located in Southwest Center City. Stanton has become the focus of a neighborhood campaign to recognize and enhance a strong community school....
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Collaborative Honors, City Acceptance for Project Reclaim
  Every year, the Collaborative recognizes the volunteer team and client of one pro bono project for excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact with its...
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For Zane North, a Blueprint to Grow Greener
Zane North, an elementary school in Collingswood, NJ, is known for its academic excellence and engaged parents. The school wants to grow greener and the Collaborative’s...
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Tiny But Titanic
Titan Park is a remnant of a classic 70’s pocket park. It occupies less than 1,000 square feet at the corner of Titan and Howard Streets in South Philadelphia’s Pennsport...
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