... a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places to re-envision underutilized, purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. The initiative will add the design and development community's voice to a growing dialogue about the intersection between historic sacred places and communities. It will strengthen relationships between sacred places, community organizations, and service providers with a mutual interest in co-location. Sacred Places/Civic Spaces is funded by the William Penn Foundation.
... demonstrate that underutilized space in historic sacred properties throughout Philadelphia can be activated in ways that expand the civic commons, serve a larger secular purpose, and strengthen communities.
Community Design Collaborative
Linda Dottor | August 15, 2018
Imagine… a culinary incubator for “foodie-preneurs,” affordable housing with a day program for seniors, a Night Market showcasing healthy food and live music, a women’s self-defense training center, or a basketball clinic where both kids and adults can raise their game.
Community Design Collaborative
Linda Dottor | August 7, 2018
Sacred Places/Civic Spaces got off to a strong start in May 2018 with a joyful launch that brought together 200 stakeholders in the future of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places. The energy we witnessed that evening continues. Here’s an update on what has happened since.
Hidden City Philadelphia
Rachel Hildebrandt | August 8, 2018
The leadership of Zion Baptist Church hopes to tap into the energy associated with Broad and Erie revitalization efforts that have been gaining momentum since Shift Capital’s announced that it will redevelop the long-blighted Beury Building. They hope to reactivate the annex in a way that aids in reenergizing North Broad, while benefiting the Nicetown-Tioga community.
Susan Richardson | July 17, 2018
In short, Sacred Places/Civic Spaces is another step in using existing structures – both buildings and networks – to strengthen Philly neighborhoods. The project takes three sites around Philly and groups each one with a design firm and a social-service organization. Each team will work for six months on a model for civic space within the specs of what that particular building and neighborhood are like. Rather than simply trying to avoid a problem or react with a short-term fix – as so many faith communities have to do – it’s the chance to have the intention, time, and support to think about solid steps with longer-term potential.
June 29, 2018
A week after having the police called on them at a Cinemark theater in West Philadelphia, a black couple are calling for a boycott of the theater chain. Reverend David Brown, Rachel Hildebrandt of Partners for Sacred Spaces and Heidi Segall Levy of the Community Design Collaborative discuss an initiative to incorporate civic spaces into active sacred places. Hikers near Pittsburgh are finding a new sight on a famous trail: the fracking industry. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the Gallup Poll, provides insight on the public’s opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sacred Places are ubiquitous. Yet, we are a critical juncture. The fact that sacred places are at risk isn't new, however, the pace at which they are closing may become a crisis for all neighborhoods.
In this collaborative takeover of Context, we are pleased to introduce Sacred Places/Civic Spaces. This is the new topic of Infill: Philadelphia, the proactive community-engaged design initiative of the Community Design Collaborative. Underwritten by the William Penn Foundation, the 18-month series will explore possibilities for underutilized space in historic sacred properties throughout Philadelphia.
June 15, 2018
At the helm of historic struggles, particularly the fight for civil and human rights, is our Faith and support from our religious congregations. One can say that the strength of the community lies in its Faith and the congregation’s ability to provide understanding, encouragement, and support through stewardship and initiating the ideals of working together.
Meir Rinde | June 6, 2018
“This is a groundbreaking project, not just for Philadelphia but for the whole nation,” said Robert Jaeger, president of Partners for Sacred Places, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit and a lead partner in the initiative. “We’re creating models here that I think will inspire and support and educate and be a guide to sacred places all around the region and all around the country.”
COMMUNITY DESIGN COLLABORATIVE
Over 200 advocates for Philadelphia's sacred spaces joined us to launch Sacred Places/Civic Spaces on June 5th. We were pleased to announce the final three sites and partners selected to participate in the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces design challenge—accompanied by a drum roll from the audience!
Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces is possible thanks to the generous support of the William Penn Foundation.