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Soak It Up!



Standing room only at the Soak It Up! Design Awards

How can green stormwater infrastructure revitalize neighborhoods? Infill Philadelphia explored the potential for integrating rain gardens, green roofs, porous paving and other green stormwater infrastructure into Philadelphia's.  

Two exhibitions, a design charrette, and a design competition engaged designers, communities, and other stakeholders in the design of green stormwater infrastructure expressly for neighborhoods.  The design concepts and community engagement completed through Soak it Up! will support the implementation of the City of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters stormwater management plan. 

Community Design Collaborative
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Philadelphia Water Department

Download our publication to learn more about the findings and designs.

Download the competition brief outlining background information and submission requirements.

Design Competition

The Community Design Collaborative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Philadelphia Water Department hosted a national design competition to inspire innovation in green stormwater infrastructure for Philadelphia. The competition challenged architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other sustainability professionals to show how green stormwater infrastructure can transform cities.

More than 300 design professionals to address the unique stormwater management challenges of one of three sites -- a warehouse and vacant lot, a retail strip center, and a historic rowhouse neighborhood. Nine finalists were selected by a jury of experts to present at a special design awards event at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The three winning teams received $10,000 prizes. 

Winning Entries 


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