Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! is a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia Water Department, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explore how green stormwater infrastructure can revitalize urban neighborhoods.
The 2013 design competition invited architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other professionals to enter an interdisciplinary design competition promoting innovative green storm water infrastructure for Philadelphia and beyond. Applicants chose from three subject areas for their proposed project, including Warehouse Watershed, Retail Retrofit, and Greening the Grid. The competition received 28 submissions from 94 firms, which were evaluated by an expert panel of judges in early February.
PHS joined forces with a group of innovative professionals from around the country to bring new ideas and perspectives to the exciting project. Partners included JDT International Real Estate Development/Urban Roots and m2 Architecture from Philadelphia, PA; Meliora Design, LLC from Phoenixville, PA; PLACE studio, LLC and Puttman Infrastructure, Inc. from Portland, OR; and Wholly H2O from Oakland, CA.
This diverse team submitted “GREEN city CLEAN waters QUEEN village” in the Greening the Grid category, which tasked teams with investigating a historic neighborhood with an engaged community and a network of streets, alleys, roofs, and open space ready for an array of small-scale interventions. “GREEN city CLEAN waters QUEEN village” proposed a toolkit of green stormwater infrastructure measures to be implemented within the right-of-way and on private land. Triple-bottom line analysis, extensive community engagement, and long-term stewardship and maintenance were key components of the plan’s strategy.
All finalists will attend an awards event on Thursday, March 7 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where each team will give rapid-fire presentations of their proposed idea. One team from each of the three judging categories will be announced as winners, and presented with a $10,000 prize.