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October 15th, 2018

Growing to Greatness

The Collaborative's 2015 conceptual design for a green schoolyard at AMY Northwest has had many ripple effects—engaged students and teachers, an outdoor classroom, and a $500,000 grant from the Trust for Public Land.

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Can these bones live?
By Rev. Kirk Berlenbach, Canon for Growth and Support for The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania What if we started to think about church buildings differently?  What if instead...
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A joyful launch for Sacred Places/Civic Spaces
Over 200 advocates for Philadelphia's sacred spaces joined us to launch Sacred Places/Civic Spaces on June 5th. We were pleased to announce the following participants in the...
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Summer of Play
Two inventive Collaborative volunteer teams brought playfulness to public spaces this summer. One team designed giant P-L-A-Y letters and other fun stuff for Philly Play's Day of...
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Dreaming Big
By Rev. Rebecca Blake, Pastor and Co-founder of Beacon “If you had a 5,000 square foot building and large green space, what would you want to see in it that would benefit the...
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The path to playground safety and innovation
"Innovative efforts have brought the playground story back to where I started forty years ago…  and now there is a whole community of people on the same path," says Betsy Caesar,...
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Play It Up
Check out Daniel Jost's column in the July 2016 issue Landscape Architecture Magazine, where he writes about our yearlong campaign to promote the value of recreation in...
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Behind the Design Challenge: Community Task Force Meetings
Imagine… a culinary incubator for “foodie-preneurs,” affordable housing with a day program for seniors, a Night Market showcasing healthy food and live music, a women’s...
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Risky Business: The dangers of playgrounds that are too safe
Meghan Talarowski is the founder and director of Studio Ludo. She recently spent six months in London studying playgrounds and collecting data on user demographics, behavior and...
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Making the World Better at Waterloo
Waterloo Recreation Center, one of three sites that were the focus of our Play Space design competition, has received $200,000 from the Make the World Better Foundation to kick...
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