Who will participate?

  • A nonprofit leader in the field of community development will act as co-sponsor for each phase of Infill Philadelphia. This intermediary nonprofit will work closely with the Collaborative, providing technical assistance, community-based organizations to participate, and funding to support one phase of the initiative.
  • Three volunteer design firms will develop design solutions for three infill development sites.
  • Three community-based organizations will choose infill development sites within their communities and provide background information and feedback to the volunteer design firms.
  • A jury of experts will stay engaged throughout the design process, reviewing the projects and helping the teams deliver innovative, realizable design solutions.

How will it work?

  • Each phase of Infill Philadelphia will feature a design challenge to explore a particular type of development such as housing, commercial corridor or neighborhood anchors. Design firms will generate design solutions for infill development sites selected by three community-based organizations. The design challenge process will include the following elements:
  • Site visits: Design teams will conduct site visits to document existing conditions and familiarize themselves with site context and neighborhood character, challenges and opportunities.
  • Preliminary design products: Each team will develop a set of products that present existing conditions and design concepts.
  • Mid-review: A jury of community leaders, investors, policymakers, and funders will review work-in-progress.
  • Team presentations: After further refinement, the teams will publicly present their final design concepts.

What kinds of sites will be the focus of Infill Philadellphia?

  • Obsolete, underutilized buildings and lots. Infill Philadelphia will address buildings and lots that no longer meet the contemporary needs of their communities and leave gaps in the neighborhood fabric.
  • Public spaces. Infill Philadelphia will also address overlooked public places-sidewalks, intersections, parks, and green space-that can play a role in re-establishing continuity and quality of life in neighborhoods.
  • Sites bigger than a single lot, but too small for major redevelopment projects. Infill Philadelphia will not treat "missing teeth." Instead, it will focus on clusters of property or public spaces that require different development and financing models than larger-scale, single-investor projects.
  • Sites with complex existing conditions. Infill Philadelphia will address sites with odd configurations or groups of structures of varied age and condition.
  • Sites with lots of "context." Infill Philadelphia sites will require design solutions that deal with adjacent uses and urban form, and the character of the surrounding neighborhood.

How can I see the work?

  • The designs for each phase of Infill Philadelphia will be publicly presented and exhibited. The designs and findings will also be compiled into a publication.

How can I get involved?

  • Join us for events and programs where you can discuss and learn about the issues and potential of infill development. As part of Infill Philadelphia, the Collaborative will sponsor talks, juried presentations, exhibitions, and more...view events
  • Design firms can volunteer to take part in future phases of Infill Philadelphia. Through each design challenge, designers explore new uses and design alternatives for infill development — and take part in a dialogue with a jury of experts and other designers addressing the same issue...contact us
  • Community-based organizations can receive preliminary design services through the design challenge. To qualify, a group must have a working relationship with the nonprofit partner, be engaged in sustained efforts to revitalize a neighborhood, and be able to identify a site for infill development...contact us