Context - Fall 2016 - 8


COMMUNITY
PHOTO: CHRIS KENDIG

"THE REAL WINNERS TONIGHT
ARE OUR CHILDREN AND
YOUTH. WE HAVE THE IDEAS,
AND WE HAVE AN ENGAGED
COMMUNITY. NOW WE NEED
TO CHAMPION THE SUPPORT
AND FUNDING."
Sharon Easterling,
DVAEYC

executive

director

of

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Meliora Environmental Design LLC, Viridian Landscape Studio, International Consultants, Inc.,
and The Parent-Infant Center teamed up to design a stimulating play space for Haverford Bright Futures, a School District of
Philadelphia preschool program.

An enthusiastic crowd gathered to
see the nine finalists of the Play
Space Design Competition last spring.
Each finalist team-chosen from among 40
inspiring entries-was charged with delivering
their concept for an innovative Philadelphia play
space in a cool seven minutes.
The design competition was the centerpiece
of Play Space, a partnership between the
Community Design Collaborative and the
Delaware Valley Association for the Education of
Young Children (DVAEYC) to explore the ways
that innovative play space can help both children
and communities grow.
Over the past year, the Collaborative and
DVAEYC hosted a design precedent exhibition,
design charrette, community design-build
project, and a series of play talks. The capstone
of Play Space was a design competition to reimagine play spaces for a Philadelphia public
library, recreation center, and school. Three
$10,000 prizes were offered, one for each
competition site.
The exploration couldn't have come at a
better time. The City of Philadelphia is embarking
on Rebuilding Community Infrastructure, a
bold initiative to reinvest in neighborhood
libraries, schools, parks, and recreation centers.
The City's immediate goal is expand access to
quality Pre-K education and repair and enhance
neighborhood public spaces and, ultimately,
8

FALL 2016 | context | AIA Philadelphia

ensure that all of Philadelphia's children are
healthy, ready to learn, and nurtured by their
families and communities.
At the awards event, Michael DiBerardinis,
Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia
and a long-time advocate for Philadelphia's
parks and playgrounds, underscored the value
of these spaces to the city, "This competition
lifts up the idea that we can recreate city
spaces... and gives people a place to dream,
to love, to learn a sport, to move communities
together."
"Tonight, we are here to celebrate where
design comes into play," said Beth Miller,
Executive Director of the Community Design
Collaborative. "The power of play space in the
community and its impact on early childhood
development is an issue facing all cities."
Lots of hard work (and play, we hope)
went into all 40 entries in the competition,
representing collaborations between designers
and educators from five countries (the United
States, Canada, China, Germany, and Poland)
and eleven states in the U.S. Nine finalists and
the three ultimate winners emerged from a
rigorous judging process that included reviews
by two juries and community feedback. Experts
in education, policy, and design to weigh in as
well as children and communities, the ultimate
users of these play spaces. One winning entry
was selected for each competition site.

Innovative play spaces can create kids who
are healthy, ready to learn, and nurtured by
their families and communities.

"The real winners tonight are our children
and youth," said Sharon Easterling, executive
director of DVAEYC. "We have the ideas, and
we have an engaged community. Now we need
to champion the support and funding necessary for Philadelphia's nonprofit and public sector implementers to bring innovative play space
to every neighborhood in Philadelphia." ■
Join us for Where Design Comes Into Play, a
special exhibition at Philadelphia City Hall from
October 6 through December 2, 2016. Details
at www.cdesignc.org.


http://www.cdesignc.org

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

Editors’ Letter
Community
Up Close
Expression
Design Profiles
Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
Context - Fall 2016 - ebelly1
Context - Fall 2016 - ebelly2
Context - Fall 2016 - cover1
Context - Fall 2016 - cover2
Context - Fall 2016 - 3
Context - Fall 2016 - 4
Context - Fall 2016 - Editors’ Letter
Context - Fall 2016 - Community
Context - Fall 2016 - 7
Context - Fall 2016 - 8
Context - Fall 2016 - 9
Context - Fall 2016 - Up Close
Context - Fall 2016 - 11
Context - Fall 2016 - Mayor Kenney’s Infrastructure Policy
Context - Fall 2016 - 13
Context - Fall 2016 - 14
Context - Fall 2016 - 15
Context - Fall 2016 - Green Infrastructure in Philadelphia: The Reading Viaduct Rail Park
Context - Fall 2016 - 17
Context - Fall 2016 - 18
Context - Fall 2016 - 19
Context - Fall 2016 - Streets: They’re Not Just for Cars Any More
Context - Fall 2016 - 21
Context - Fall 2016 - 22
Context - Fall 2016 - 23
Context - Fall 2016 - 24
Context - Fall 2016 - 25
Context - Fall 2016 - 26
Context - Fall 2016 - 27
Context - Fall 2016 - Expression
Context - Fall 2016 - 29
Context - Fall 2016 - Design Profiles
Context - Fall 2016 - 31
Context - Fall 2016 - 32
Context - Fall 2016 - 33
Context - Fall 2016 - 34
Context - Fall 2016 - 35
Context - Fall 2016 - 36
Context - Fall 2016 - Marketplace
Context - Fall 2016 - Index to Advertisers
Context - Fall 2016 - cover3
Context - Fall 2016 - cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0416
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0316
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0216
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0116
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0415
https://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AIPQ/AIPQ0315
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com