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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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The Future Unfolds at Overbrook Environmental Education Center
In 2004, the Collaborative worked with the center’s founders, Jerome and Gloria Shabazz of JASTECH Development Services, Inc., to re-envision a gritty former quarry on Lancaster...
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Playing for the Future in Allegheny West
Making a project model from bottles, a Styrofoam cup, and a ballet shoe. Drawing a vision and spending the following week “getting real.” And designing and building a mobile mini-...
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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...
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A strong finish for Miracle on Seventh Street
The Collaborative’s entry in the 2019 AIA Film Challenge finished fifth out of 68 entries for the People’s Choice Award, with 2,044 votes and over 7,500 views! We’re proud that...
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Storytelling inspires infill development for Mantua
Michael Thorpe, executive director of Mt. Vernon Manor CDC, is a born storyteller. His stories about growing up in Mantua were the guiding force behind an ingenious design study...
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Transforming Neumann Goretti High School
Read all about it in Changing Skyline and see Neumann Goretti High School—before and after—in our video. Neumann Goretti High School, a Catholic college preparatory high school...
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It's a Wrap for Sacred Places/Civic Spaces
It's a wrap for Sacred Places/Civic Spaces... but you can tap into our resources and results anytime! The Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places have...
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$250,000 DCED Greenways Grant for Carnell School
In 2017, the Community Design Collaborative was tapped by the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA) to remake Carnell Elementary School’s asphalt...
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The little library that could
For Park(ing) Day Philadelphia 2017, the Community Design Collaborative transformed its parking space into a pop-up lending library.  The library brought in a steady stream of...
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