• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Sustainable Design Competition to Rethink Rec Centers



The Delaware Valley Green Building Council has a sustainable design challenge for young professionals and students: How can Philadelphia’s rec centers become more energy-efficient, environmentally responsible, and stronger community amenities?

That’s the focus of this DVGBC’s Sustainable Design Competition, which asks designers to bring their bright ideas to change one of four rec centers - Vare (2600 Morris St.), Cecil B. Moore (2551 N. 22nd Street), Tustin (5901-29 W. Columbia Ave.) and Mantua Wright (3320-50 Haverford Ave.) – selected by Department of Parks and Recreation. Each is in need of repair, has good transit accessibility, and has opportunities for greater energy-efficiency.

Here's DVGBC's specific challenge:
Starting with an existing site, teams are asked to use adaptive reuse strategies and analysis to design their vision of what a recreation center can be for the community. Consider emphasizing one of three areas that will be strongly considered during judging:
  • Energy efficiency and conservation efforts
  • Stormwater management on the site and other sustainable landscaping features
  • Community outreach and education programs integrating the site specific connection
The competition is open to college students and professionals with less than 5 years of design practice under their belts. Winners will be chosen in student and young professional categories, and first prizes will receive $1,500 cash. Registration is open and submissions are due by April 30 at 12pm. For more info check the competition website, and get those green design wheels turning.

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