Philadelphia Play Space - Empowering the community through sports and sustainability
A public space for activities that harvests and stores rainwater and in result it controls flooding and drains surrounding building areas.

The aim of the design is to re-think the urban environment and existing activities present in the district. This social project demonstrates that a mix of innovative sustainable ideas related to sport areas and playgrounds can change the way we power entire communities. The focus is on converting the energy of people in different ages in a positive way which as a bi-product would increase for example the safety in the area. By giving a possibility to have a sense of belonging to a group from the early years young people, who without providing attractive after-school activities might feel lost, would not look for alternative ways of binding with the neighbourhood community or district. The project seeks to contribute to this dialogue by exploring how architecture and design can help people from different ethnical groups equally imagine changes in community relations.The proposed interventions on two sites could be also a catalyst for the economic repair of the community by allocating public spaces and facilities such as,cafes, shops around it.

Architect: MJZ
Date: February 2016
Location: Haverford Bright Futures,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Partner in Charge: Maciej Jakub Zawadzki
Project Architect: Łukasz Wenclewski
Team: Michał Polak, Riza Kori, Daniel Radliński, Su Hyun Kim, Nicoló Bianchino, Jan Gronkiewicz
Client: William Penn Foundation, Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children DVAEYC , Community Design Collaborative
Sponsors: AIA Philadelphia, GSK