The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently honored the winners of the 2016 Philadelphia Design Awards at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with 350 architects and guests in attendance.
The annual gala honors the best and brightest shaping the built environment in the Philadelphia region and beyond. This year’s competition awarded 16 total recipients and judged a range of unique, innovative projects, both built and unbuilt, as the jury was from New Orleans.
The Community Design Award – presented by the Community Design Collaborative for excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact – was given to The FGX Group in Wayne for its work on Dragon Green Park.
Dragon Green Park is a conceptual design for greening the schoolyard of Southwark Elementary School in South Philadelphia. It is one of 25 pro bono preliminary design projects completed by volunteers of the Community Design Collaborative in 2015.
Dragon Green Park was chosen for its design excellence and strong partnership between the schoolyard’s advocates, the School Advisory Council of Southwark Elementary School, and East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch.