Context - Spring 2016 - (Page 12)

The Community Design Collaborative BY TODD WOODWARD, AIA Child's play Charrette 2015. 12 SPRING 2016 | context | AIA Philadelphia pHOtO: MArK GArVIN Readers of Context will know that the Up Close column has always been reserved for a profile of a person who is making significant contributions to the built environment. For this issue of Context, which addresses themes of social justice and design equity, we present a first for the Up Close column, a profile of an organization. More than any one person, the extended professional family that makes up the nonprofit Community Design Collaborative has had an impact on these issues in our city. The influence of the Collaborative is not only on the design of the physical fabric of the city, though it can certainly be seen there. Though more difficult to quantify, the most beneficial effects of the work of the Collaborative accrue to the countless professional volunteers, nonprofit clients, and members of the general public who have participated in a Collaborative Design Grant. The Collaborative, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016, is as much about people as it is about good design. And we - architects, AIA members, design professionals - are all a part of the Collaborative. There are many design centers located in cities and at universities across the country, but the Community Design Collaborative is unique in both its approach and founding. AIA Philadelphia is one of the few local AIA chapters to have founded and incubated a design center. While the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Spring 2016

Editor's Letter
Community
Up Close
Equity: The Intersection of Community Development and Design
Innovation: Tactical Urbanism in Underserved Communities
Practice: The Rowhouse: Reimagined and Relevant
Opinion
Design Profiles
Index to Advertisers

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