At Leverage, volunteers celebrated community design and showed off their work
At 41st and Lancaster, volunteer Paul Vernon built play structures with local youth
Volunteers provided feedback to WRT, who was working on a design for Kensington Renewal Initiative and The Simple Way
Sara Pevaroff Schuh facilitated an interdisciplinary team at our design charrette
Volunteers Nina Dudas and Zack Cebenka chatted with us about their experience volunteering on a Design Grant for North Light Community Center
At the end of our full day design charrette, volunteer Ian Smith presented his teams concepts to the public
Denise Hall, Perryne Lee Poy Lokhandwala, and Jhade Galesat our Design Charrette came up with new ideas for backyard play spaces
Advisory Council Co-chair
"On every project, I am constantly impressed by the depth of consideration and effort applied by CDC volunteers and staff."
"Volunteer and leadership opportunities with the Collaborative teach you to work with people, and to give ideas and take ideas."
"It is inspiring and rewarding to work with such passionate and committed volunteers and community members."
” The process of engaging the community in a design process forces you to consider new ideas.”
“Physical design is only a part of what needs to happen for a community to be revitalized.”
"I grew up in New London, Pa, where there were lots of farms, hills, and other places to explore. I want to bring that sense of possibility to the city.”
"I think design has the capacity to connect underutilized spaces and simultaneously upgrade our infrastructure systems in unique and thoughtful ways."
"Design can help raise questions, reveal opportunities, engender support."
“Revitalizing communities through design starts with architecture that is created through community conversation and sharing. ”
"It's a humbling experience to collaborate with the do-ers of our city and helping connect their vision into something tangible."
“Thoughtful design doesn't take a lot of money to achieve big improvements.”
“The Collaborative is my chance to do a broader range of project types and work with different teams.”
"It's rewarding to feel like you've provided something a document, drawing, idea, enthusiasm that the community can move forward with."
“The people who live in the community and use the site know best what works, what doesn't and what is needed. Their insights are vital to creating an effective design.”
"Everyone deserves to live in a place that they love."
"Having the chance to give a client a new perspective on their site is a great feeling."
"All the design team members have great experiences and ideas, but it's the community that has the intimate experiences and ideas that are needed to develop the project concepts and designs."
"The Collaborative is very organized and has equally motivated members. It makes all the difference for projects."
“I believe in my city. There is nothing more satisfying than working with other people who also want to make it better.”
“Working through the Collaborative we help organizations that might not otherwise be able to have access to our experience and skills and enable them to ‘see’ the possibilities of a more beautiful future.”
“It was amazing how everyone jumped in.”
"We need design in all communities to help them thrive."
"The most rewarding thing about working on a project is experiencing the genuine appreciation of the community members we are designing for."
"I would love to see Mayor Nutter’s dream of making this the greenest city in the country become a reality."
“Community members understand best how to positively impact their neighborhoods.”
“It was rewarding to see our clients willing to take further action to bring the project to life.”
“These are the places where I want to work as a design professional.”
“Sometimes it just takes one comment from a community member to help you think outside the box and change the course of the design for the better.”
“I encourage others to participate and connect with the greater community.”
"Design is both a visible and invisible component to stewarding person to person connections."
"The most rewarding part is to be able to help nonprofits take their program in the direction they want to go.”
“Design gives people a tool to be active in the decisions of their community and see the impact it can have.”
"When people can take part in affecting the outcome a project, they tend to care more about how it gets built and used."
“Adding new materials can be done with sensitivity. Sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone and understand what materials will keep the historic feel.”
"I love Philadelphia’s scale and approachability."
“We’re benefiting people by creating a better environment.”
"Developing long term relationships with other volunteers, Collaborative board members, and Collaborative staff has been the most rewarding aspect of my involvement with the organization."