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Oct. 12: Join Area Design Professionals

Alphabet Soup Night

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 5:30pm  7:30pm
Center for Architecture and Design 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107

IALD, AIA, IIDA, DVASE, APAPASE, IFDA, AIGA, PA-DE ASLA, IDSA, APT, ASCE… whew! What do they all mean? Let’s break design discipline silos. Design Philadelphia is bringing together different design associations in a free event to help make the infrastructure of the design community stronger in Philly by collaborating.

Members of The American Institute of Architects take in the Parklet competition and enjoy the Loewen Happy Hour, Thursday May 19, 2016, at AIA Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design in Center City Philadelphia. (AIA Philadelphia Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Come out and meet designers across Philadelphia over drinks and snacks. Chit chat, share ideas, and hear short lightning speed presentations from local representatives of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE), Pennsylvania-Delaware American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Association for Preservation Technology (APT), Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and yes us, the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APAPASE)!

Event is free, registration required: https://www.designphiladelphia.org/festival-events/alphabet-soup-night

Today! The Future of Transportation in Pennsylvania and Beyond

More so than most states, Pennsylvania is at a turning point as it confronts its transportation future.  Much of the state’s diverse transportation infrastructure needs upgrading or replacement, at the same time that new technologies are coming down the pike which are changing the way we think about transportation.  In Pennsylvania,  as in other states,  voters are looking to Congress to take the lead in identifying priorities and providing funding, but Congress has again kicked the can down the road.

Please join us on Monday, October 6th at 6 pm in Meyerson B-3 for a facilitated discussion between Rina Cutler,  Al Biehler, and Professor Megan Ryerson about “The Future of Transportation in Pennsylvania and Beyond.”  This is an all-star cast. 

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Join the USGBC Board of Directors

Want to have an impact on USGBC’s direction?

Nominate yourself to join their board of directors!

August 6: CCRUN Seminar at Drexel: Green Infrastructure and Heat Island Mitigation

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, August 6 at 4pm at Drexel University.  Come join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at http://www.ccrun.org/seminars

Green Infrastructure and Heat Island Mitigation

Dr. Kimberly DiGiovanni, Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University

Dr. Stuart R. Gaffin, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Columbia University

July 2: Green Infrastructure at Drexel


CCRUN invites you to the next presentation in the Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series, to be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Drexel University.  Join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at http://www.ccrun.org/seminars.

This month’s presentation:

Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Cities by Managing Stormwater

Dr. Robert Traver, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, and Director of both the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership

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March 26: Jenny Odell

 Manufacturing Landscape, Jenny Odell

Manufacturing Landscape, Jenny Odell

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / muraLAB is hosting San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell on March 26th at 6pm at Moore College of Art and Design, Stewart Auditorium, 1916 Race Street.  Jenny will give a lecture about her work collaging digital images — harvested from Google Earth, streetview and other Internet sources — of urban infrastructure systems. She calls it “Looking at Cities” because she is both documenting the extent of the infrastructure that undergirds urban life, and also opening up questions about relationships city dwellers have to the resources that sustain them. Her broader work as an Internet collagist can be seen at www.jennyodell.com.  Please register by emailing muralab@muralarts.org.  Additional details are found on the attachment below.

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Tomorrow!: APAPASE Emerging Professionals’ 2013 Reading Viaduct Tour — Just a Few Spots Left!


May 18, 2013 | 10:30am-12:00pm

On Saturday, May 18, the American Planning Association SE PA Section(APAPASE) Emerging Professionals Group invites you to an exclusive look at one of Philadelphia’s most talked-about pieces of urban infrastructure: the Reading Viaduct. Following a very successful sell-out tour in the spring of 2012, we are excited to offer another opportunity for planners, park enthusiasts, and anyone who is interested in the future of Philadelphia’s public spaces to explore the historic rail trestle. The founders of the Reading Viaduct Project will provide a guided tour and discuss the developing vision for Philadelphia’s own high line.

Registration is limited to 35 people, so sign up early to secure a spot. Participants will be required to wear appropriate shoes/clothing in order to take part in the tour. The tour will begin promptly at 10:30am on Noble Street between 13th Street and Broad Street.

Philadelphia: A National Leader in Green Infrastructure

In recent years the term green infrastructure has become well known to planners. At the municipal and regional scales it refers to a network of natural areas, parks, greenways, and working lands that provides multiple benefits for people and ecosystems. At the local and site scales it refers to a stormwater management approach that mimics natural hydrologic processes. These two definitions come together in the City of Philadelphia’s ground-breaking green infrastructure program, which includes Green City, Clean Waters and two related planning initiatives, GreenPlan Philadelphia and Green 2015.

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