Greening Philadelphia’s Vacant Lots and Schoolyards

This short film highlights Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities’ effort to create green stormwater through a community-driven Geodesign process in the areas by 6th and Diamond Streets, Hostos Charter School, and Memphis Street Academy. The Project Team created a conceptual Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) plan for the study area and visualized three specific GSI project site plans, followed by three design charrettes conducted in three lower-income and minority neighborhoods. The innovative GSI design features submitted to the Soak It Up design competition were used as inspiration and guidance at the charrettes. This process is expected to increase community involvement and environmental stewardship and is replicable in other urban areas.

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