Design Competition

The Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative are hosting an interdisciplinary design competition promoting innovative green stormwater infrastructure for Philadelphia and other cities.

Interdisciplinary teams designed new models for green stormwater infrastructure for one of three sites in Philadelphia, each representing a unique challenge. (Full details were provided in the Competition Packet.)

  • Warehouse Watershed A warehouse and a city-owned lot that could be the catalyst for the revitalization of a high-vacancy residential/industrial district
  • Retail Retrofit A retail center that could play a more central role in the surrounding neighborhood through improved walkability, pop-up community space, and access to river recreation
  • Greening the Grid An historic neighborhood with an engaged community and a network of streets, alleys, roofs, and open space ready for an array of small-scale interventions

Competition Entries

The competition entries are collected in this online gallery on ISSUU.

Winners Chosen

Nine finalists were selected to present at the Design Awards event in Philadelphia on March 7, 2013 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A jury selected three winning designs, one for each of the three competition sites. Each winning team received a cash prize of $10,000. Congratulations to the winners!