The Community Design Collaborative in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places have selected three religious sites across Philadelphia, along with community partner organizations, to serve as models for incorporating civic spaces into active but underutilized sacred places. Three multidisciplinary design teams have been chosen and paired with each site to re-envision the purpose-built religious properties as community hubs.
These partnerships seek to strengthen relationships between sacred places, community organizations, and service providers with a mutual interest in co-location and cooperation, to accomplish three goals:
- Promote understanding of the realities faced by a diversity of faith communities stewarding historic properties in neighborhoods and offer alternative options;
- Challenge the notion that sale and subsequent adaptive reuse or demolition are the only options facing declining congregation; and
- Provide innovative models and prototypes in which religious buildings house a multitude of co-existing uses for community benefit.
Infill Philadelphia is an initiative of the Community Design Collaborative to explore key community development challenges and opportunities through design. Infill Philadelphia engages communities in re-envisioning their neighborhoods, leveraging existing assets, rethinking the use of older spaces, and addressing the practical concerns of specific sites and the communities around them.