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Affordable Housing



Sheridan Street Housing prototype, adapted for development by Postgreen. Credit: Sam Oberter

How can innovative design lead to more affordable housing options? Nonprofit and for-profit developers alike are challenged by the space and layout limitations of the standard rowhouse found in Philadelphia’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In the pilot program that established Infill Philadelphia, the Collaborative explored affordable infill housing prototypes. The goal was to expand affordable single-family homeownership options and meet the needs of modern families.   

Community Design Collaborative
Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative

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Design Challenge

Options for the renovated and new single family housing within rowhouse blocks were developed through a creative, interactive process know as a design challenge.  Three design firms worked simultaneously on three, real-life sites in partnership with community-based organizations and property owners. They refined their designs following a mid-review by a jury of experts in design, housing development, finance, and policy and presented final design concepts at a public reveal in 2005. 

Sheridan Street Housing Prototype for APM | Interface Studio LLC
Sheridan Street Housing, completed by APM in 2011. Credit: PACDC
“Stackhouse” Concept for New Kensington CDC | Francis Cauffman Foley & Hoffmann, Architects
Residential Block Reconfiguration Concept for Project HOME | Becker Winston Architects


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