Party Time: Community Design Collaborative Turns 20!

The Community Design Collaborative is turning 20, so it’s time to celebrate! On Thursday, February 17, visit the Center for Architecture for the start of Urban Energy, a celebratory series of events, highlighting the Collaborative’s 20 years of neighborhood build up through design.

Our city thrives on proactive movement. How did it build its creative spark? A screening of We Have to Be Able to Do It Ourselves, an inspiring 1970 documentary will be shown, depicting the history of community design centers in Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, and our very own, Philadelphia. The film shows that urban renewal can be an uninviting task, but through design, there is a future.

Also, there will be an opportunity to connect with some of  Philadelphia's architects and planners, to learn more about the roots of community design, how it has transformed cities, and where it's headed in the future.

If you are unaware of the CDC’s work, the organization has been strengthening neighborhoods through design by providing pro bono predevelopment design services to nonprofit organizations, from the Philadelphia Art Alliance, to the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates. Over the years, they have offered special volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and have successfully raised awareness about the importance of design in community renewal.

So, if that’s not enough reason to celebrate…at least end the night with a slice of anniversary cake, and participate in an illuminating conceptual photograph recognizing the Collaborative’s volunteers and founders!

To RSVP, visit the Collaborative's blog.