Saturday, October 12, 2013

Thank You!

FF >> Presenters, Attendees, and Supporters:
Thank you for making Fast Forward >> 2013 a great success!
Nearly two hundred people filled the Center for Architecture for an evening of Philly-focused ideas and conversation. We'd love to hear what you thought. Please take a moment to send us a comment, sign-up to receive FF >> news, or let us know if you would like to present at a future Fast Forward!

Event photos and video are coming soon....Hope to see you again next year!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Jai Agrawal

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Design by the People 
Consensus-Based Form & the Architecture of Social Impact

An entirely new force of digital democracy is surging tides of human behavior from San Francisco to Pakistan to the halls of Beijing. It is radically disfiguring entire industries and cultures, overturning governments and economies, and releasing collective imagination at a pace that is nearly beyond comprehension. This global web pulses brighter every moment, adapting with each beat to release more creativity, resourcefulness, and good will.

This inquiry will explore the formulation of a new kind of architecture born of social impact and public consensus. These themes will form the basis for a completely new architectural development process that will generate elegant and sophisticated proposals that carry maximum social impact, as well as shared design authorship with the public that it serves.

Jai is a social entrepreneur and architecture graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His research into social justice focuses on the connections between design, policy, economic theory, and managerial philosophy. He plans to launch his company, Public Service Architecture, upon graduation in the Spring on 2014, given adequate investment.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Mike Burlando

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Graphic Design for Civic Pride: A New Flag for A New Philadelphia 

Flying a flag is one of the most accessible ways to demonstrate belonging to a group. Philly has a city flag, but it's not seen much outside of its official capacity. Is the failure of the flag to be widely embraced the fault of marketing or design? Could a better-designed flag that tells a story about where Philadelphia has been and where it's going become a new symbol for the city's rebirth? Cities and urban centers have long been major consumers of the world’s natural resources and energy as well as one of the largest producers of municipal waste. These factors are not only destroying large amounts of land in the creation of landfills, but are also a substantial contributing factor to global climate change. With populations in urban centers expected to increase drastically in the next 15-20 years it is unlikely that the impact cities have on the world will subside.

E-mail: michael.g.burlando(at)
Michael Burlando is a designer, builder, photographer, amateur historian, and lover of all things Philadelphia. While earning his Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael restored an 1870's Victorian rowhouse. He's worked at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and at MGA Partners in Philadelphia, and now acts as a Project Manager for Columbus Construction. He lives with his wife and dog in Graduate Hospital, writes for Hidden City Daily, runs the revived Philly Skinny, and blogs at

Friday, September 27, 2013

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Uri Pierre-Noel

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
ArtsTechPhilly: Where Arts, Tech, & Culture Meet Up

My presentation will (briefly!) outline Philly's art and tech resources, enumerate ways in which they collaborate currently, and explore why this is important for our community. I will also describe what ArtsTechPhilly does locally and nationally, present a sneak peak of our plans for next year's Philly Tech week and the two Hackathons we will be hosting, and pitch the who, why, what, and how to get involved!

Twitter: @ArtsTechPhilly
A Brooklyn native turned Philadelphia resident, Uri Pierre-Noel is a Philly-based Creative Entrepreneur, Director of the James Oliver Gallery and Founder of ARTnude Philly, a Cancer Awareness Exhibition in partnership with the Abramson Center at the University of Pennsylvania. After a chance encounter in New York with ArtsTech Founders Jaki Levy and Julia Kaganisky, Uri launched ArtsTechPhilly with their support in 2012. ArtsTech's mission is to explore the ways in which social media and technology can help bring arts and culture to everyone.