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Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Competition, Philadelphia, United States

Tuesday 02 Apr 2013

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19/07/13 Craig Purcell, Baltimore
Overflowing storm water into the sewer system is not a good thing.



WAN Business Information subscribers OLIN win Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Competition with Meeting Green and deem our project leads service 'truly commendable' 

As part of an ongoing scheme to combat stormwater issues brought on by climate change, an increase in population density, and outdated infrastructure, the Philadelphia Water Department, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative hosted a design competition which challenged architects and creative thinkers to reimagine ways in which green stormwater infrastructure could be integrated into Philadelphia’s city fabric. Posted by WAN’s Business Information Service in November 2012, it has now been announced that OLIN - a subscriber to the WAN Business Information Service - is one of three winners.

“This competition’s goals align strongly with the philosophy OLIN has long held - that social, economic, and ecological goals can be woven together to form successful, vibrant, and performative public places,” said OLIN Partner and Director of Green Infrastructure Steve Benz, PE., “and the fact that WAN Business Information makes opportunities like this accessible to a global network of design leaders is truly commendable.”

The wider scheme which looks at making Philadelphia a more resilient city is Green City, Clean Waters, a 25-year, $2.4bn plan which will see 1/3 of impervious land transformed into stormwater-receiving landscapes. This amounts to approximately 9,500 acres. The Soak it Up! Competition challenged design teams to look at a series of three different sites, each of which represents a much wider area of the city: an industrial warehouse property; a retail centre; and a dense residential neighbourhood.

Local practice OLIN was successful in the third location: the dense residential neighbourhood termed Greening the Grid by the competition organisers. The design team explains their Meeting Green concept thus: “Philadelphia neighborhoods are places of meeting, exchange and social assembly, characterized by walkable streets and varying scales of commercial activity, public space and community use. The starting point for Stormwater Management Practices implementation in the neighborhoods, begins at these places of face to face meeting.

“This allows green infrastructure improvements to provide amenity and educational opportunities illucidating stormwater functions in the most public and accessible places. Often areas with commercial property correspond is predominately found at these locations of meeting this will facilitate synergies between management of commercial properties and public management of SMPs. In our meeting green proposal we call these meeting points Center Green and Play Green.”

In 2012 the WAN Business Information Service issued 9,500 architectural project leads to a plethora of firms across the globe, from international practices to sole traders. Throughout the last year our team has expanded to include a wide range of languages and sources who can efficiently select the most beneficial project leads for each subscriber’s tailored package, delivering a range of personalised tenders five days a week.

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