Infill Philadelphia

Dive In Before the Deadline!

Designers! Take the plunge and help make our communities green, clean and beautiful with your expertise and innovation. Oh – and win $10K while you’re at it!


Design teams from around the country are invited to embrace the challenge of designing next generation Green Stormwater Infrastructure by joining the Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! Design Competition. The Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative invite architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other professionals to share their plans and ideas for managing our nation’s stormwater in creative, environmentally friendly ways.


Teams will be able to design systems for managing stormwater in three different urban areas: Industrial, Neighborhood and Commercial districts. Nine finalists will be selected to present their designs in Philadelphia on March 7th, 2013 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. One design from each of the three competition sites will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000. Registration closes November 30th, and submissions will be collected through January 22th, 2013.

Register at the Community Design Collaborative's registration page.

Thursday Night! Soak It Up, Party Down!

An exciting partnership between the Philadelphia Water Department, US Environmental Protection Agency and Community Design Collaborative has led to Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up!, a design initiative that explores how green stormwater infrastructure plays an important role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods and in improving the health of the City's waterways. Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! is comprised of exhibitions, workshops, talks and design charrettes, culminating with a national design competition to celebrate and promote the next generation of innovative designs and investments in green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia.

You are invited to join us for the Soak It Up! Launch Party on Thursday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. The event takes place in a gallery setting with an exhibition that displays over 40 green projects to inspire Soak It Up competition participants and stakeholders to think about designs that can help our neighborhoods and improve the health of our waterways.

Cocktails will be served at the party, remarks will be made by EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin and Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, the exhibit will be on display, and it will be lots of fun! Please join us. RSVP for the Launch Party and please visit the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! site for more information. The exhibition will remain  on display now through Friday, October 19.

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