Shoemaker Green, at the University of Pennsylvania, is one example of the projects featured in the Soak it Up! Exhibition. Photo Credit: PlanPhilly Flickr
Have you heard about the Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! initiative? Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! is a partnership between the Philadelphia Water Department, Community Design Collaborative (CDC), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to explore how green stormwater infrastructure can revitalize urban neighborhoods. The kick-off party in October featured an exhibition of designs for managing stormwater in sustainable and innovative ways. The event was sold out, but the CDC has put together this online portfolio that documents the exhibition.Check out the document and see what progressive stormwater management can look like.
So far, the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! initiative has hosted other events including two design charrettes; one focused on transforming urban schoolyards, the other on Transit Oriented Development. Still to come are the design competition presentations where finalists will present their solutions for three different urban stormwater challenges in the exciting PechaKucha style, a fast and dynamic lightning round presentation format that is sure to be entertaining and inspiring. This event will be held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on March 7, 2013. Find out how you can purchase tickets or get involved by visiting the CDC’s Infill: Soak it Up page.