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Apply for Philadelphia Citizen Planning Institute!

CPI photoCitizens Planning Institute (CPI) will be accepting applications for the Fall 2016 course from August 22nd – September 19th. This seven-week course empowers citizens to take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and of Philadelphia through a greater understanding of city planning and the steps involved in development projects.

Special topics this session include community engagement 101, historic preservation, and urban agriculture and food access.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings October 5th – November 16th from 6-9pm at 1515 Arch Street in Center City.

See the 2016 fall CPI Flyer or visit CPI’s new website: www.citizensplanninginstitute.org for applications and more information. Contact 215-683-4648 or cpi@phila.gov with any questions or to request a hard copy of the application.

Join QUE on August 30!

QUE_Logo_Logo ColorQueer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Independence Beer Garden (100 S Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA 19106) on Tuesday, August 30 at 5:30 pm.

We’re going to do brief updates on all of our projects. Please come with ideas of things you’d like to see the group participate in. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our last meeting.

Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QUEPHL and on Google Groups at http://bit.ly/QUEgoogle. You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files. You can also select your availability for September at http://doodle.com/poll/crwg3fqa83ur53u7.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1222223181161628/

Meetup Event – https://www.meetup.com/Queer-Urbanist-Exchange/events/233287888/

Join QUE on May 5!

QUE_Logo_Logo ColorQueer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Le Méridien Philadelphia (1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102) on Thursday, May 5 at 5:00 pm. We’ll be meeting up in conjunction with the Urban Consulate.

We’re going to do brief updates on all of our projects. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our last meeting.

Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QUEPHL and on Google Groups at http://bit.ly/QUEgoogle. You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files.

April 29: Placemaking: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia


Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on placemaking strategies used to revitalize commercial corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  The morning public lecture is free and open to the public.  The afternoon design workshop is limited to 25 Temple University students.

Morning Public Lecture 9:00-Noon

Learn successful placemaking strategies that have turned commercial corridors into lively public places. Philadelphia community leaders will share their stories on how they have incorporated arts, market spaces, cultural resources, and green spaces to activate and revitalize commercial corridors. Coffee and donuts will be served.

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Oct. 21: “The Landscape” with Marilyn Jordan Taylor & Karen Thompson


“The Landscape” with Marilyn Jordan Taylor & Karen Thompson

October 21st at 6:00 PM

Cost: Free—with Eventbrite registration

Fisher Fine Arts Library—4th floor

220 S. 34th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

The building is opposite 34th St. and the entry faces the College Green.

Have you ever listened to a presentation and wondered how this person got their job? What projects are they most proud of? What are their biggest regrets? When they log onto the internet, where do they go first? Did they ever consider giving up and why? Who is their spirit animal? APAPASE’s Landscape series asks these questions.

We’re honored to have Dean Taylor as our 2nd speaker in the Landscape speaker series. Karen Thompson from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking her all of this and more.

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Sept. 9: Play Space Design Competition Launch and Reception


Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street

Join us to launch a national design competition to design innovative outdoor play spaces for a Philly public school, library, and recreation center!

We’ll reveal the three competition sites and tell you more about competition prizes, how you can build a team, and how to get started. Get inspired by our current exhibition of over 40 projects presenting international best practices in play space design. Form your team with architects, landscape architects, educators, artists, and other play space advocates who want to be part of the competition too.

Space is limited. Be sure to reserve your spot now. RSVP.

Reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. $20/$10 Community Champions. Read more

March 9: We Built This City


Join the Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) for “We Built This City” our big kick-off event, an urban themed sing-a-long* on Monday, March 9 at 5:30 pm at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. QUE brings together urban design professionals and enthusiasts to meet, network and discuss topics affecting our lives in Philadelphia. This will essentially be our public unveiling, and also serve as our first mixer. We will share ideas and build our agenda for 2015. Your input will help shape the focus of our group and upcoming events. If you can’t make the event, but still want to be involved, you take our survey or join us on social media.

*Yes, you read that right… an urban themed sing-a-long! You are welcome to sing them yourself or leave it to the professionals. Jeff, the Tavern’s talented pianist, will be taking requests all night. On the Facebook Event, we’ve started a list of our favorites so he has time to prepare (e.g. “We Built this City on Rock and Roll”, The Trolley Song, and maybe even the Simpson’s Monorail Theme). Add your favorites or vote for some of the current selections.

Most drinks will be $2 off for our group until 7pm. There is a flyer for you to share with friends and co-workers about this event here.

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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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Dec. 6: Creating More Effective Signs for Your Community

Has your community or neighborhood struggled with signage that doesn’t match the character the surrounding area? Learn the nuts and bolts of good signage and what it takes to create a good sign ordinance and signage system at DVRPC’s December Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable event!

Create More Effective Signs for Your Community (2.5 CM pending)

Friday, December 6, 2013
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Breakfast will be provided
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
8th Floor | ACP Building
190 N. Independence Mall West | Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 4 to kpcilurso@dvrpc.org.

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Oct. 15: Penn’s Landing Public Meeting


The Master Plan for the Central Delaware River waterfront proposed a new vision for Penn’s Landing: a spacious green park, sloping gently towards the river, connecting Chestnut and Walnut Streets from Front Street, over I-95, and across Columbus Blvd.

DRWC is now moving the conceptual plan to the next phase! The design team, led by Hargreaves Associates, is creating a plan for the site that incorporates landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, programming, development, and cost estimates. Join us for a presentation and discussion about the next phase of this exciting project!

Register here.

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