Monday, October 13, 2014

Thank You!

A giant THANK YOU to our great presenters, audience, and sponsors Preservation Design Partnership and LightArt for sharing their big ideas, enthusiasm, and support for emerging design professionals that made Fast Forward >> 2014 a success!

If you missed the event (or just want to relive it) stay tuned for event video in the coming weeks.

If you did not fill out an event survey you can do it here. We value your feedback and are already looking forward to Fast Forward >> 2015...Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Event Schedule >> Friday 10.10.14

6pm DOORS OPEN | Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

Jeffrey Barg >> The Short History and Long Future of Pop Ups in Philly
Christopher Taylor >> Open Source Applications
Ryan Stewart >> Making Our Schools Great
Faye Anderson >> A City of Innovators
David Bender >> How Ensouled Objects Are Changing The Way We Live
Paul Glover >> Prepare for the Best: Thriving in Philadelphia's Green Future

7pm INTERMISSION - Meet the first half presenters!

Ian Smith >> Visual (Re)presentation
Morgan Berman >> Green Nerds 
Terry Laban >> The Magic of Comics
Alex Feldman >> Atlantic City: America's Healthcare Resort
Emma Fried-Cassorla >> Experiential Marketing

8pm END OF PRESENTATIONS - Meet the second half presenters!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meet Fast Forward Supporter >> Preservation Design Partnership

What's Next for Philly? Sensible, sensitive and sustainable solutions with long-term value through the careful treatment of architectural, cultural and historic resources.

Preservation Design Partnership specializes in planning, design and architecture for historic sites and buildings in Philadelphia and throughout the United States. Learn more here and say hi during Fast Forward >> 2014!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Alex Feldman

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Atlantic City: America's Healthcare Resort

Atlantic City has lost 6,000 jobs in the last 6 months with the closure of 4 casinos. This economic meltdown is due to the reliance on one industry – gaming – to prop up the city’s economy. Is Atlantic City slated to become the next Detroit?

Atlantic City needs to diversify its economy to save the city. My suggestion is for Atlantic City to become America’s healthcare resort. By repurposing shuttered casinos into East Coast branches of the country’s premier healthcare centers, the city can remake itself as a different kind of destination - one that has a more robust economic foundation.
Alex Feldman is a designer, planner, and real estate professional that cares deeply about cities. A native of Philadelphia, Alex studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. After working at both the London and New York offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, Alex returned to Philadelphia in 2009 to work for U3 Advisors, a boutique advisory and real estate development firm that works with urban anchor institutions on economic and real estate development strategies. Now a Vice President with the firm, Alex is involved in both the advisory and development capacities of the firm, providing expertise in strategic planning, economic development, campus edge planning, and real estate strategy. He has managed projects in a host of cities including Detroit, MI; Brownsville, TX; and Beirut, Lebanon. When not on the road, Alex resides in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Ryan Stewart

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Making Our Schools Great

The School Redesign Initiative (SRI) is a call to our talented, committed educators to lead the critical work of redesigning our city's neighborhood schools to meet the demands of the 21st century.  Through the School Redesign Initiative, the School District of Philadelphia invites partners with a talent and passion for school improvement to submit a proposal to redesign a school.  Exceptional applicants that are able to leverage advances in research, technology, and practice to put forth innovative ideas for how to engage all students in learning for the 21st century - as well as to demonstrate a commitment to the school community, an ability to lead effectively, and strong instructional expertise - will be selected to assume the leadership of a District school beginning in the fall of 2015.  In the interim, selected applicants will spend the year working with the local school community to tailor the academic program to the needs of the students at the school.  Selected applicants will be provided with funding to support their design year, as well as work space, networking opportunities, and connections to local and national experts to inform the design process.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> David Bender

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Philadelphia’s Phantasmagoria:  
How Ensouled Objects Are Changing The Way We Live

Ensouled Objects are things which humans have made to seem alive or conscious, even if they are not. Robots, puppets, automatons, drawings, sculptures, and even consumer products can be ensouled. Oftentimes these objects are made to seem alive purely for entertainment purposes (think Nightmare Before Christmas), but this is hardly the only use for such creations. Ensouling an object can make it easier to use (think of your Mac’s slowly glowing power button like the breathing of a sleeping puppy, letting you know it’s in sleep mode), safer to interact with (how will you know thattomorrow’s driverless car sees you, a pedestrian, crossing the street? How about if its headlights turned towards you and followed you across the street, like eyes acknowledging your presence?), and even help to train the next generation of doctors (using puppeteered mannequins, doctors can practice managing care for a critically ill infant without risking a real child’s life).

In this talk, David will take a look at the current state of Ensouled Objects being developed, used, and performed by Philadelphia’s creative citizens and how the work they are doing today will change the way live tomorrow.