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Notes from the Field

Design Grants are an important first step in community engagement, design, and development. Here's what our nonprofit partners are doing to take projects from preliminary design to construction.  
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Transforming Neumann Goretti High School
See Neumann Goretti High School - before and after - and hear the story of its transformation from school leaders, students, and our volunteers in this video. Neumann Goretti...
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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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Frankford CDC tests vision with Food Truck Friday
Sometimes, you need to see the big picture to get things going. Good food can help too. The barren plaza, dim lighting, and confusing crosswalks under the El at the Arrott...
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Columbus Square Park on path to improvements
Civic spaces evolve. Our ideas about their role in cities and communities change over time. Initiatives like NYC Parks’ Parks Without Borders, the Knight Foundation’s Civic...
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Lea School Setting for Green Ribbon School District Award
The School District of Philadelphia was honored with a Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award by the U.S. Department of Education. The district is one of only nine...
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Frankford Gateway Gets an Urban Orchard
In 2015, the Community Design Collaborative helped residents living north of Lehigh Avenue envision gateways to reconnect their neighborhood to the larger Kensington community. A...
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Bugs and Biomes: Greenfield’s Schoolyard Supports Student Field Research
In 2006, a Design Grant from the Collaborative helped Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School envision and build a groundbreaking green schoolyard. Fast forward ten years and...
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