Soak It Up! Philly Awards Finalists

PlanPhilly reports the success of Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! national design competition led by the Community Design Collaborative in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nine finalists presented their entries to the public and jury of leaders in green storm-water infrastructure on March 7, 2013 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel university in Philadelphia.  Three winners, one for each competition site were recognized with $10,000 prizes.

The design challenge asked designers to develop green infrastructure retrofits for three Philadelphia sites, struggling to manage storm-water runoff.  All three chosen site represent consistently repeating situation across the city.  The three sites included; An industrial site– a large old warehouse, home to Edward J. Darby & Son Pennsylvania Wire Works; A commercial site – the Grays Ferry Shopping Center; and A neighborhood – Queen Village in South Philly.

Neighborhood– Greening the Grid

Industrial– Warehouse Watershed

Commercial– Retail Retrofit

The aim was to generate stormwater management ideas for three types of sites found throughout Philadelphia.  The idea is to replicate these practices and use the chosen projects as leverage to further the city's Green City, Clean Waters goals.  To learn more check out Eyes onThe Street.

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