Affordable Housing developers in Philadelphia are challenged by the typical 800 square foot row home as they try to meet contemporary needs. 

In a region where families have come to expect three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, green space and parking, is the Philadelphia row house obsolete or adaptable? What other ways could developers create housing with more living space for low-wealth neighborhoods? The Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NeighborhoodsNow) recognized this as a design issue—one with broad implications for the future viability of many Philadelphia neighborhoods.

In 2005, the Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative sponsored the Affordable Infill Housing Design Challenge. As partner in the initiative, the Community Design Collaborative created design prototypes to expand the menu of affordable housing available in low-wealth neighborhoods.

  • Row House Rehab

    Rehabbing six small row houses to create more living space in East Kensington. Learn more...

  • Green Housing

    Introducing sustainable design practices in a tight spot in the APM neighborhood. Learn more...

  • Block Reconfiguration

    Reconfiguring blocks to reduce density and enhance safety in St. Elizabeth's. Learn more...