The Repurpose Philadelphia canopy is made of rope and recycled plastic bottles that was installed as a one day public workshop on a vacant lot in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia on 22nd August 2009. Commissioned by Slought Foundation and National Constitution Center as part of Into the Open, US Pavilion at Architecture Biennale, Venice. Conceptualized by Normal Architecture Office (NAO) in collaboration with Lindsay Bremner and Brian Phillips, the Repurpose canopy provided shade and festivity to the day’s events and promoted the imaginative public use of repurposed materials for urban re-vitalization.The canopy’s distinct look takes cues from the geometry of laundry lines in populous cities as a ubiquitous sight of urban life from around the world. The geometry of the Repurpose canopy Philadelphia was designed to emit both openness and public intimacy as well as its intricate appearance. The canopy was erected, used and dismantled in a single day. All the materials use for the canopy were further recycled or returned to primary users. The cost of the entire installation was ~$1,100.The Repurpose Canopy is part of Into the Open, an exhibition and public program presented by the National Constitution Center and the Slought Foundation. Repurpose is partnering with: Community Design Collaborative, People’s Emergency Center CDC, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, Blue Mountain Recycling and Scribe Video Center.The public was invited to join the designers on August 22nd to erect the canopy, install recycled plastic bottles and participate in the day’s events. These included a discussion on “What is affordable housing?,” led by Rosten Woo of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, public remarks by Councilwoman Blackwell and Gloria Guard, President of the People’s Emergency Center and videos from the Precious Places Community History Project, an oral history initiative produced by Scribe Video Center.