File #: 210969    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/2/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/9/2021
Title: Recognizing the Community Design Collaborative on the 30th Anniversary of its founding.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21096900, 2. Signature21096900
Recognizing the Community Design Collaborative on the 30th Anniversary of its founding.

WHEREAS, Founded in 1991 as a pilot program of the American Institute of Architects ("AIA") Philadelphia, the Community Design Collaborative is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a network of over 1,000 volunteer design professionals who have spent over 100,000 hours on over 600 community design projects across Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Community Design Collaborative ("the Collaborative") was born out of a series of ongoing efforts, which together provided the template for what the organization would become; and

WHEREAS, The Architects' Workshop, founded in the late '60s, provided the model for the Collaborative's mission: planning and design support for community groups and other community-based nonprofits in support of their efforts to strengthen their neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, The AIA-sponsored Regional/Urban Design Action Team, formed on the cusp of the 1990s, was instrumental in raising awareness of the conditions around the dilapidated North Philadelphia Station and other city neighborhoods, thus highlighting the need for rejuvenation; and

WHEREAS, The increase in awareness around such needs served as a call to action for members of the Young Architects' Forum, allowing it to become a vehicle for the pent-up desire among young professionals to do something; and

WHEREAS, AIA Philadelphia responded to all of this new energy and focus by providing the Collaborative with a workspace and a modest startup stipend, a crucial step toward the Community Design Collaborative becoming a full-fledged, independent nonprofit with broad and diverse philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual support; and

WHEREAS, As the Community Design Collaborative enters its fourth decade, they are acutely and painfully aware that Philadelphia has attracted significant reinvestment and revival, but it has been uneven, and too many Philadelphians ha...

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