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October 7, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
FitCityPHL 2 Thursday, October 13th | 8:30AM - 4:00PM Center for Architecture & Design | 1218 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 Register Now FitCityPHL 2 will be a full-day symposium which invites attendees to explore design strategies in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. The concept for the FitCity conference was developed in New York City 11 years ago and made its way to Philadelphia last year for the first time. We spoke with Keith Davis, AICP, LEED GA, a City Planner III at City Planning Commission (and one of the organizers of the FitCityPHL 2 Conference), about the reasoning and history behind this multidisciplinary active design conference. Where did the need to design healthier cities begin? Imagine urban life at the dawn of the 20 th Century, the end of the Victorian Era. Life was physically taxing for everyone except the wealthiest citizens. Most people walked to work and to run errands, used their muscles to earn their salaries, and even labored at home to wash clothing and prepare all meals by hand. Now fast forward through the 100 years which followed - through the evolution of the automobile, the...more
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September 28, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Where Design Comes Into Play Exhibit Ongoing, Opens Thursday, October 6, 2016 Philadelphia City Hall, 2 nd and 4 th Floor, Visitors’ Entrance, NE corner Read more… What’s your favorite memory of play? Whether you recall building tree forts, watching ants, pretending to be an explorer, or spinning around until you got dizzy, it’s likely that your best play experience happened close to home. Children need time, space, and freedom to play—and that’s become increasingly hard to find. 59% of parents report that there is no place to play within walking distance of their homes. In poorer neighborhoods, that figure increases to 69%. Between 1981 and 1997 alone, time spent playing by children age six to eight declined by 25 percent. Fear of litigation produces playgrounds that follow a dull formula of fencing and prefab play equipment. In many cities, lack of funding has led to barren and battered parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards. Play isn’t just about fun, even though it feels that way! Play is an essential part of every child’s life and a vital component of learning. Play fires our imagination, independence, and creativity. Play teaches problem solving. It shows us how to collaborate together and get along...more
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Citizens Planning Institute
March 13, 2015 | Explore + Learn, From our Friends
The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s (PCPC) official public education and outreach arm. Founded in 2010, the institute is dedicated to educating individuals and leaders of community organizations who are highly motivated to shape the future of their communities. CPI educates Citizen Planners in community assets, zoning, planning, and development, so they can share this information with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. As civic engagement is gaining momentum throughout the country, CPI assists the city of Philadelphia with its newly adopted “integrated planning and zoning process” which won an American Planning Association national award for “Excellence in Best Practice”. The Citizen Planner program consists of three core courses , two electives, and a course project. Participants that complete the program will earn a Certificate of Completion as a “Citizen Planner” of Philadelphia. Core course instructors are professionals in the planning industry and include city planners, AIA members, and other members of City government. Surrounded by a diverse cross-section of peers, the program encourages interaction and collaboration amongst peers. The structure of the course, presentations followed by interactive projects, allows participants to instantly apply new knowledge while uncovering challenges that might arise when these ideas are...more