Dive into programs and events that explore green stormwater infrastructure and its potential to transform Philadelphia and other cities!

Upcoming events:

Soak It Up! at City Hall

October 7 – December 7, 2013
Philadelphia City Hall
2nd and 4th Floors
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Green City Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s innovative 25-year stormwater management plan, will bring green stormwater infrastructure to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. What will these projects look like? How will they work? How can they benefit us beyond managing stormwater?

Art in City Hall showcases inventive, engaging designs for Philly’s future green tools from Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! 

Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Philadelphia City Hall
Council Caucus Room, 4th Floor
Please use the northeast corner visitor’s entrance

Join us at City Hall to see Soak It Up! for the first time or reunite with Infill Philly friends from the past year.  Free and open to the public. RSVP.


October 1 – November 22, 2013
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
Opening reception: Thursday, October 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The winners and finalists in the Soak It Up! design competition are featured in this invitational exhibition presenting the best of sustainable design by greater Philadelphia firms.

Past events:

Grid Alive

July 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Community Design Collaborative is working with Grid, the Philly region’s sustainability magazine, to produce a special supplement to its August 2013 issue. The supplement will serve as our report on the initiative and its programs. Join us for the launch of the supplement at Grid Alive!, a quirky talk show format party.

Green City, Clean Waters
What’s the future of Philadelphia’s waterways?

March 21, 2013
5:30 pm—reception
6:30 pm—program
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Can we envision the future of urban sustainability by re-examining our urban past? This three-part program on urban planning and stormwater management presents Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s nationally-recognized watersheds program; the winners of the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! design competition; and special guest Eric Sanderson discussing The Manahatta Project. Sign up.

Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!
Design Awards

March 7, 2013
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Celebrate the innovative ideas generated by this national, interdisciplinary design competition with a reception in the Hall of Dinosaurs, an exhibition of all competition entries, rapid-fire presentations by the nine finalists, and $10,000 prizes for three winning teams. View the winning entries.

Urban Remix Design Charrette

November 16, 2012, 8:00 AM—6:00 PM
A design charrette combines strategies from transit-oriented development, placemaking, and green stormwater infrastructure to create a sustainable community surrounding SEPTA’s 46th and Market Street Station.
Scenes and sketches from the charrette.

Design Precedent Exhibition

September 17 through October 19, 2012
How is green stormwater infrastructure already influencing design? Over 40 great designs show how to soak it up in the city. Learn more and view the exhibition on ISSUU.

Launch Party

October 4, 2012
Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!
kicks off with a full house. Photos from the event.