LBC Affordable Infill Housing Project Kickoff Charrette

Mon, 3/19/2018 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm

The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

We are excited to announce the Demonstration Project 2018, coordinated by the Living Building Challenge and Passive House Communities! 

Having previously designed two buildings for a Quaker community in the suburbs, this year we are taking on the challenge of affordable infill housing in Philadelphia.

Can we build regenerative, resourceful, inspiring, healthy, net-positive water, and energy rowhouses that are also affordable? And can we produce a best-strategies manual for anyone who would like to design and build Living affordable housing? Of course we can! But we need your perspective, expertise, ideas, minds and hands to make it successful. Help us re-imagine what the future of Living housing can look like for our city. Living Building Challenge is not a prescriptive standard and the path to certification depends entirely on the ingenuity and dedication of the project team. We want you to be a part of it.

We are also teaming up with the Passive House Community to explore the approaches to Energy and Materials Petals in more depth and complexity. The studies and events for these two groups will run on parallel tracks. Following our proven rhythm, we will meet at monthly charrettes and workshops to engage with the design community and project stakeholders, for hands-on learning about all 20 Petal Imperatives. 


Some topics you will learn about:

  • Building within the resource limit of the project site
  • Access to food, fresh air, daylight, nature and community
  • Producing more energy than is consumed
  • Collecting and treating all water on site
  • Biophilia
  • Designing from place and for human scale
  • Healthy indoor environment
  • Identifying Red List materials and advocating for a responsible industry
  • Leading with beauty and inspiration
  • Integrative design process
  • How to use the LBC standard - how to interpret clarifications, approach exceptions and organize documentation


Over the next six months we will create a conceptual design and feasibility study that will provide a detailed report describing how to satisfy each Petal Imperative necessary to achieve Living Building Challenge certification. 

At our first meeting on March 19th we will introduce the project, sites, program, and parameters of the study. You will hear about the Unifying Lens that will guide our design through all iterations and we will analyze the sites and program in small groups.

We invite you to participate and experience the deep understanding of LBC principles and the fun of designing challenging projects with a group of enthusiasts. Whether you are an urban planner, architect, contractor, homeowner, educator, developer, or just interested in deep green design - we welcome your unique presence!  

Have a seat at the table! Food and drinks will be provided.

Top photo: Pearl Street Potluck, Chinatown, Philadelphia | Credit: Asian Arts Initiative 

Tickets are sold out - next event is on April 4th!

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