Every year, the Collaborative recognizes a pro bono project with its Community Design Award. The award recognizes excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact. This year’s finalists illustrate the diversity of the community design needs that the Collaborative and our volunteers respond to through the Design Grants program.
All three projects will be on display at AIA Philadelphia’s Design Excellence exhibition at Liberty Place from October 6 through 19. Talk community design with us and some of the volunteers who worked on these projects at AIA’s Meet the Architect event at Liberty Place, Friday, October 20 from 11AM to 3:00PM.
The winner of the 2014 Community Design Award will be announced at the AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence Celebration on October 20.
Friends of the Rail Park
Continuous and Connective: Conceptual Design for the City Branch
The City Branch is a vacant rail corridor that parallels Callowhill Street. Collaborative volunteers worked with Friends of the Rail Park to present a vision for a linear park between North Broad Street and 18th Street. The park will reconnect the area to Center City, create outdoor gathering spaces for Community College of Philadelphia and North Broad Street, and preserve Philadelphia’s industrial legacy.
OLIN Richard Roark | Jessica Henson | Agnes Ladjevardi | Benjamin Monette CVM Rob Schaeffer | Julie Wiley VJ Associates Chongba Sherpa Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Frank Grauman | Erin Roark | Megan Strenski
Conceptual Design for Sustainable Improvements
Starfinder Foundation’s soccer, educational, and personal development programs inspire young people from under-served communities to achieve success both on and off the field. The Collaborative helped Starfinder zero in on important immediate repairs and plan a series of improvements to make its Manayunk facility more visible, environmentally sustainable, and comfortable for youth, families and staff.
Mathew Huffman | Devin Bradbury | Elizabeth Emig | Alysse Einbender Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Joseph Matje | Richard Hwang Larsen and Landis Eric Larsen JFS Engineering, PC Joseph Schaffer Erikson & Sons Patrick Snoke
Viola Street Residents Association
The street and sidewalks of the 4200 block of Viola Street in East Parkside are clean, a community garden thrives, and homes are well-kept. But there are clusters of vacant homes and lots on Viola Street and nearby. Viola Street Residents Association asked the Collaborative to turn their vision for Viola Street and adjacent blocks into a plan for neighborhood reinvestment.
KSK Architects Planners Historians Paul Vernon
International Consultants, Inc. | Lucious Johnson
Kate Rutledge | Dan Chong | Brian Johnson | Joy Mariama Smith | Leah Rominger | Andrew Dobshinsky | Christine Miller Cruiess