Design Philadelphia: Recommendations for the Urban Planner

Beginning today, Design Philadelphia is a 5-day event showcasing all aspects of design. Hundreds of exhibits, tours, performances, workshops and more have been planned across the City for now through Sunday. Unless you can be at least twenty places at once, there is no way you can see it all. But here are my hand-picked choices (click on each link more details including location and cost (although most events are FREE!)):

above | below | beyond
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1696/above-below-beyond
Can the green transformation of an abandoned railroad structure help connect Center City to Fairmount Park?

Transformation/Underground Stations
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1697/transformation-underground-stations
Can public art installations improve the feel and safety of inner-city subway stations?

Storefront Challenge
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1703/storefront-challenge
Is good design – good business? Just ask these guys!

Public Spaces: Public Connections
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1723/public-space-public-connections
Have an idea for public spaces around City Hall? Here’s where to voice it!

Philadelphia’s Green Affordable Housing Tour
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1729/philadelphia-s-green-affordable-housing-tour
See what the City is doing to make affordable housing, more green.

Art and Urban Change: A Conversation with Candy Chang
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1850/art-and-urban-change-a-conversation-with-candy-chang
Can “tactical urbanism” make a lasting impact?

A Sense of Place: Weaving Neighborhood Fabric Back Together
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1730/a-sense-of-place-weaving-neighborhood-fabric-back-together-citywide-conference
Want to learn how to integrate historic preservation into your community? This conference is only $20!

Community Garden Design
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1798/community-garden-design
Check out Harry O’s Passyunk Garden and get tips on how to start your own.

Behind the Counter at Reading Terminal Market
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1799/behind-the-counter-at-the-reading-terminal-market
Get the scoop on the recent renovations at a Philly icon.

Up and Dirty
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1847/up-and-dirty
Always innovative SHIFT_design unveils a new DIY green roof kit

Pop Up Playground
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1800/popup-playground-with-pennsylvania-horticultural-society-and-public-workshop
Public Workshop and area teens have created a once-of-a-kind playground in PHS’s Pop Up Garden – gracing a vacant lot at 19th and Walnut for a limited time only!

Big Ideas, Small Spaces: 2600 Groceries in 260 Square Feet
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1805/big-ideas-small-space-2600-groceries-in-260-square-feet
Bringing more fresh food options to the Passyunk neighborhood may require thinking outside the box…

Urban Design Walking Tour: South Philadelphia
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1806/urban-design-walking-tour-south-philadelphia
Can you really experience the cultural, economic and natural history of a place by observing its architecture and public spaces?

Sustainable Streets Scavenger Hunt
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1807/sustainable-streets-scavenger-hunt
Join MOTU and PWD for an interactive event and learn how our streets could be designed to manage stormwater and make neighborhoods cooler, safer and greener.

Jewelry Workshop @ Anthropologie
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1808/jewelry-workshop
Transform your broken or outdated jewelry into a new masterpiece – recycling isn’t just for plastic bottles anymore!

Design VIADUCTgreene
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1815/design-viaductgreene-designphiladelphia
Check out conceptual designs for a Philly elevated park

Green Wall Design
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1816/green-wall-design
Ever wanted to make your own green wall? Learn from the experts at Urban Jungle in South Philly.

Soak It Up! Philadelphia
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1772/infill-philadelphia-soak-it-up
Visit this exhibit of innovative stormwater management designs and learn about how your company could enter the design competition.

Design Advocacy Group 10th Anniversary Party
http://events.designphiladelphia.org/event/1728/design-advocacy-group-tenth-anniversary-party
At the end of it all – let’s just all get together and celebrate 10 years of great design!

For the full schedule check out: http://www.designphiladelphia.org/

Watch for updates, reviews, and photos over the next few days.

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