Sacred Places/Civic Spaces initiative highlights the economic halo effect of congregations and their buildings, and their power to serve, stabilize, and revitalize communities
WHAT: The Community Design Collaborative, in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places, hosts the Public Reveal and Final Jury Review for its Sacred Places/Civic Spaces design challenge. The goal of the initiative is to determine how historic sacred places can support civic engagement, social cohesion, and neighborhood equity.
Three religious sites, three community organizations, and three design teams are collaborating to re-envision historic purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. The teams, each matched up with one of three sacred spaces selected through a competitive process, have been working on transformative design concepts for the sites since the summer. A crucial element of the design process has been community engagement, with each team engaging the congregation, community partners, and neighbors, in asset mapping, concept development, and developing initial designs.
The sites and teams include:
4700 Wyalusing Avenue | Mill Creek
Congregation: The Philadelphia Masjid
Community Partner: The People's Emergency Center
Design Partners: HOK (lead); J+M Engineering; Tutor Perini Building Corp.; Alisa McCann
5341 Catharine Street | Cobbs Creek
Congregation: Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church
Community Partner: ACHIEVEability
Design Partners: Brawer & Hauptman Architects (lead); Alderson Engineering, Inc.; Orndorf & Associates, Inc., Powers & Company, Inc.; The Sullivan Company
3600/3601 N. Broad Street | Nicetown-Tioga
Congregation: Zion Baptist Church
Community Partner: Called to Serve CDC
Design Partners: Studio 6mm (lead); Kate Cowing Architect LLC; Keast & Hood; Burns Engineering, Inc.; International Consultants, Inc.
More information about the ticketed event can be found here: https://infillreveal2018.splashthat.com/.
WHO: Speakers, in addition to team presentations:
Beth Miller, Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative
Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning & Development, City of Philadelphia
Paul Sehnert, Director of Real Estate Development, University of Pennsylvania
WHEN: December 4th, 2018, 4:30pm to 7:00pm, followed by reception until 8:00pm
WHERE: Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street
About Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places/Civic Spaces
Sacred Places/Civic Spaces is 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.