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Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! - Leveraging Water and Plants in Zero Lot Sites

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Leveraging Water + Plants in Zero Lot Sites is one of three winning entries in a national, interdisciplinary design competition created by the Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative to inspire innovation in green stormwater infrastructure for Philadelphia.

The competition challenged architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other sustainability professionals to show how green stormwater infrastructure could transform the city.

Teams were asked to address the unique stormwater management challenges and opportunities at one of three sites based in Philadelphia. Each site represented a different urban context and land-use (industrial, commercial, or neighborhood). Leveraging Water + Plants in Zero Lot Sites was the winning entry in the INDUSTRIAL—Warehouse Watershed Category.

“Stormwater is a problem. Rainwater is an opportunity," said presenter Muscoe Martin of m2 Architecture. Stormwater management practices, shaped strategically, can complement and catalyze urban redevelopment. This concept explores the varied potential for rainwater management for a typical “zero lot line” industrial property.

Five separate but complementary strategies are proposed. Three make adaptive use of the building: 1) transformation of the façade, 2) lightweight, cost-effective strategies for roof space, and 3) the strategic creation of rainwater courtyards within the context of adaptive reuse of the building. Two additional strategies consider the transformation of public space to support community revitalization and the effective management of rainwater resources.

Leveraging Water + Plants in Zero Lot Sites Team
Roofmeadow, Philadelphia, PA
Laura Hansplant
Lauren Mandel
Charlie Miller
Jane Winkel

In Posse – A subsidiary of AKF, Philadelphia, PA
Shannon Kaplan

m2 Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
Muscoe Martin

Meliora Environmental Design LLC, Phoenixville, PA
James Adams
Michele Adams
Kate Evasic
Altje Hoekstra
Molly Julian
Joshua McFarland

SED Design, Blue Bell, PA
S. Edgar David

Sere Ltd., Spring Mills, PA
Stacy Levy

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