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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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September 22, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Reimagining Kensington: Revitalization of Waterloo Playground Monday, October 10th, 3pm to 5pm Waterloo Playground, 2501 Waterloo Street, Philadelphia 19133 Read more... Reimagining Kensington: Triple Bottom Line Happy Hour Monday, October 10th, 6pm to 8pm Honeygrow HQ, 1601-1699 North Front Street, Philadelphia 19122 $35 General Admission Read more... JDT International Inc ., Urban Roots and Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation are excited to share our collaborative work through two events as part of the 2016 DesignPhiladelphia festival. Under the heading of “Reimagining Kensington,” the two events are: (1) a public launch for the revitalization and redesign of Waterloo Park and (2) a happy hour reception hosted by Honeygrow HQ. Both of these events will showcase projects in the Kensington, Fishtown and Norris Square neighborhoods that involve community-engaged design process and present examples of real estate and business development in the neighborhood that creatively adapts existing infrastructure and reclaims vacant land. Through these events, we are especially excited to share how thoughtful and innovative collaborations between for-profit and non-profit entities can create Triple Bottom Line initiatives that can create real and lasting community revitalization. JDT International Inc. is a Fishtown/Kensington-based development firm that specializes in Public/Private Partnerships in Urban Planning...more
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October 8, 2015 | 2015 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
These are our top ten picks for design professionals in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Industries. DesignPhiladelphia is packed with architecture-themed events, see the full event schedule here. Monument Lab: Panel & Party Thursday October 8th: 5:30PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free Architect as Artist Friday October 9th: 6:00PM - 9:00PM Ticket Price: Free O'Donnell & Naccarato Open House Friday October 9th: 5:30PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free SHIFT in Lifestyle Saturday October 10th: 1:00PM - 5:00PM Ticket Price: $5 ModeShift Sunday October 11th: 1:00PM - 3:00PM Ticket Price: Free; registration required. Corridor Realities -Taking it to the Streets Tuesday October 13th: 1:00PM - 4:00PM Ticket Price: $5 - $10 Design Adventures in Architectural Archaeology Tuesday October 13th: 6:30PM - 7:30PM Ticket Price: $10 Design SHIFT: PlaceMapping™ Tuesday October 13th: 5:30PM - 7:30PM Ticket Price: Free Shifting the Public Realm from Streets to Plaza Wednesday October 14th: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Ticket Price: Free SHIFT Interactive Thursday October 15th: 6:30PM - 8:30PM Ticket Price: Freemore