Teens Go Platinum: High schoolers turn a rundown property into a LEED Platinum showpiece, with help from some friends

A newly rehabbed house is nothing noteworthy in Philadelphia. But when the bulk of the work is performed by teens and when the house is slated for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification — as in the case with the three-story house at Greene and West Sylvania streets in Germantown — that’s news. Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, and its locally-based subsidiary CertainTeed partnered with North Philadelphia’s YouthBuild Charter School to transform a once run-down property into a sustainable multi-family home with a Hybrid Insulation System, reflective roof and many other green features.
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Stoopified: PostGreen designs a cutting edge development in Francisville

 

When many people think of Philadelphia, they picture the quaint neighborhoods of Center City, filled with Revolutionary-era architecture and period details. But it could be argued that an entirely different history is told in the slouching rows of aged brick homes and vacant lots that line the streets of North Philadelphia. 
And it is in these very neighborhoods that the beginnings of a new phase in the city’s aesthetic and cultural history can be seen.
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Design: Game Plan

The Community Design Collaborative democratizes design 
by Lee Stabert

A plan is powerful. Lines on a page are often the first step towards realizing the transformation of a space, or a neighborhood. The Community Design Collaborative is driven by this idea.
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WHEN IT RAINS: Local designer Taryn Zychal gives broken umbrellas new life

Umbrellas—designed as a convenient solution to getting caught in the rain—can be surprisingly unwieldy. On a stormy day, Philly sidewalks are filled with all shapes, sizes and varieties. But, when the wind is strong, the flimsy shields often can’t withstand the pressure, acquiring that all-too-familiar inside-out look. At that point, the city becomes an umbrella graveyard.

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