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Future City Updates

APAPASE participated in the successful Future City Engineering Fair at SAP America in Newtown Square, PA on Saturday, October 13. Our booth had some terrific information about climate change and sea-level rise, as this year’s competition theme is Powering our Future, how to build a resilient power grid. A hands-on land use activity was used to encourage students to incorporate city planning into their projects for the 2019 Future City Regional Competition. Using sea-level rise information displayed on the NOAA web map, students were asked to organize land uses (represented by Lego blocks) on a map of the Philadelphia Pennsport neighborhood. The children loved the learning activity, and some wowed our volunteers with their creative and thoughtful land use planning. Students also picked up articles from the APA Planning magazine August/September special issue on climate to aid them in their research. A special thank you to our volunteers!

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Oct. 23, 24 – APA Delaware 2018 Regional Conference – CM Credits Available

APA Delaware – 2018 Regional Conference

Dates: Tuesday October 23, and Wednesday October 24

Location: Atlantic Sands Hotel, Rehobeth Beach DE

Please visit the conference website for the full schedule of sessions and more information. CM credits are being requested for all sessions and keynote talks.

Oct. 17 – Why cities? From fear-based interventions to sustainable-solutions

Why cities? From fear-based interventions to sustainable-solutions

Wed, October 17, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Pipeline Philly: The Graham Building at Dilworth Park
30 South 15th Street
15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102Event registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philadelphia-1017-why-cities-from-fear-based-interventions-to-sustainable-solutions-tickets-50027338115

In the current polarized political climate, it is common to hear people from different sides of the political spectrum propose quick-fix solutions to deep and complex issues, that unfortunately won’t produce long-lasting change. International migration has become one such hot-button issue, where fear-based versus evidence-based interventions have become the rallying cry for millions. Yet, there’s a much deeper story behind many of the current challenges that most of the proposed solutions won’t solve. For example, the growing urbanization of conflict and violence that has led to impressive migration streams in the past few years won’t be solved by some of the superficial and simplistic solutions that are being touted. In fact, a number of them will create more problems in 10 or 20 years, since they don’t address root causes and therefore won’t result in sustainable change. But what then, shall we do?

Jean-Luc Krieg, founder and executive director of Urban Mosaic, an organization working for transformational change in urban poor communities in Mexico and Colombia, focuses on the importance to work for sustainable change in cities, in order to address the challenge of rapid urbanization and increasing violence that affect us all. His stories and principles for engagement show that while it would be easy to lose hope or settle for simplistic but counterproductive solutions in the long-term, real, measurable and sustainable change that impacts the lives of tens of thousands of people is possible, even in the most uncertain and complex of circumstances.

Nov. 7 – Inside the Planner’s Studio with Eleanor Sharpe

Inside the Planner’s Studio with Eleanor Sharpe

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 5:45 to 7:45 PM

The Innovation Lab

Municipal Services Building,
16th floor (1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Cost: Free



Have you ever wondered how someone became such a successful and effective planner? What advice they could provide about civic engagement? What projects are they are most proud of and why? APAPASE’s “Inside the Planner’s Studio” series asks these questions and more.

We’re honored to have Eleanor Sharpe, Deputy Director for Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Zoning and the Executive Director for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission as our 5th speaker in the series. Karen Thompson of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking Ms. Sharpe about her career, civic engagement, and her advice for planners.

Karen will skip the small talk and ask Ms. Sharpe the big questions: What pivotal moments have shaped her career? If she could go back, would she do anything differently? You’ll have to come to find out!

  • 5:45-6:15: The event will begin with networking. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
  • 6:15-7:00: The Inside the Planner’s Studio program will take place.
  • 7:00-7:15: Ms. Sharpe will take questions from the audience.
  • 7:15-7:45: There will be additional time to network after the event.

Oct. 12 – Lecture: Dan Parolek on THE MISSING MIDDLE

Lecture and panel discussion on “The Missing Middle”
Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30-11am
LeBow Hall
Drexel University
Gerri C. Lebow Hall

How did middle density housing go MISSING?

Architect Dan Parolek with expert panelists:

Kevin Gillen, Sarah Peck and Kara Kneidl

Housing production in the Philadelphia region is a density bar-bell: at one end high-density apartment complexes and at the other singles and towns. We create little in between.
The expert on those “missing middle housing” types is architect Dan Parolek of Berkeley, CA who will share strategies for sensitively providing new housing in existing centers. How can we provide affordably priced new housing in walkable settings? How can we satisfy demand for walkable communities without undermining the very character of these special places?
Dan will speak and then participate in a panel with:

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Take a Short Survey to Help APA Prepare for the Planning Accreditation Board Visit of the U. Penn Planning Program !

The graduate planning program at the University of Pennsylvania is preparing to be reviewed for accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

Programs accredited by the PAB are expected to maintain a relationship with the profession, the local planning community and the local APA Chapter. As part of the accreditation process for planning programs, PAB is interested in learning about the interaction between the U. Penn Planning Program and APA members and the local planning community.

Please take this short survey by September 24, 2018 to assist with providing feedback in advance of the PAB review: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/52BJ9SV

Sep. 27 – APA-PA Southeast Section Council meeting

APA-PA Southeast Section Council meeting is being postponed to not conflict with our annual event and moved to Sep. 27.

5:30 pm @ STV Incorporated 1818 Market, Suite 1410 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling in? Please use the following: Toll free: 1-866-499-7054 Conference code: 735 289 0020

Please direct any agenda topics and/or questions to secretary@apapase.org.

*if you are a voting member unable to attend, please email secretary@apapase.org.

Oct. 4 – Events Committee Meeting

APAPA-SE’s Events Committee will be meeting October 4th Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:45 – 7:00 PM at Michael Baker, 1818 Market Street, 31st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apapase-events-committee-meeting-october-2018-tickets-41612122980.

Oct. 24: Chester County Planners’ Forum

Professional planners from Chester County are invited to attend the fall 2018 Chester County Planners’ Forum from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Oct. 24 at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

The forum provides a great opportunity to hear about current planning issues, share ideas with your fellow planners, and catch up with old friends. There will be presentations about planning at Longwood Gardens, understanding the Certified Local Government Program for historic preservation, and wayfinding signage for Chester County.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-fall-planners-forum-tickets-48417085807.

Email any questions you may have to ccplanning@chesco.org.