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By David Bender on Sep 21, 2017
On Friday, September 15 th , Philadelphia celebrated its 10 th anniversary of PARK(ing) Day , a city-wide celebration of public spaces and tactical urbanism. From 8am–5pm, over 250,000 pedestrians throughout the city stumbled upon delightful and creative mini parks, or “parklets”, which invited them to relax, to play, to learn, and even to adopt puppies! Tactical urbanism is the process of implementing small, temporary changes to the city’s public spaces, such as placing planters or painting temporary traffic lanes, to allow the public to see how these changes might improve their lives if made permanent. Over 60 local teams... more

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By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Sep 20, 2017
This year DesignPhiladelphia boasts its largest festival to date with more than 130 planned events. As always, a good deal of programming is focused on architecture and the built environment, fascinating events that will provoke new avenues of thought and inspire excellence in architects, students, and enthusiasts alike. So in addition to attending the wildly popular Kickoff Party on October 4, here are some events that are sure to strike a chord with the designers of our built environment: 1. INTERSECTIONS: The Fluid Boundary Between Industrial Design and Architecture Thursday, October 5th | 12 – 2:30 PM Join IDSA Philadelphia... more
By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Sep 13, 2017
FitCityPHL 3 Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Read More On Thursday, October 12, the 3rd annual FitCityPHL symposium will take place at the Center for Architecture. Led by Health Promotion Council, a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation, FitCityPHL explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of public health, architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities – particularly... more