Thursday, August 28, 2014

Call for Presenters Deadline EXTENDED to 5pm September 2nd

Happy (almost) Labor Day weekend...Don't forget to submit your Fast Forward presentation topic! It's easy: send your name, title, organization, industry, and your take on “What’s next for Philly?” in 200 words or less and five (5) sample slides to

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Are YOU #WhatsNextPHL?

Fast Forward >> 2014 is Friday October 10th
Check out the Call for Entries, send in your pitch by September 1, and Fast Forward your big idea for What's Next for Philly on the DesignPhiladelphia festival stage!

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.