Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Don't miss #WhatsNextPHL - Check out the 2015 Presenter Line-up!

Fast Forward is this Friday 10.09.15
Doors open at 5:30pm - the event begins promptly at 6:00 pm.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture | 1218 Arch Street | $5 admission
Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thank you for supporting #WhatsNextPHL!

Thank you for enabling us to provide a platform for the big ideas and emerging voices that will shape our city's future. We are truly grateful your support!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Meet Fast Forward Presenters >> Lindsay Bodin & Cheryl Symth

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Certified Landlords That Care

When we think of Landlords, "caring" is usually not the first word that pops into our head. Our Landlord Cares is a new certification program looking to shift expectations and connect renters with 'Certified Landlords That Care.' Those landlords already doing a fabulous job will now become accessible.

Given the current view of landlords, we often overlook how difficult it is to be a one. They often don't have backgrounds in building maintenance or community engagement. This certification program will provide an educational pathway for landlords to become the kind we all hope to get - Landlords That Care.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Zach Popkin

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Rain Check – How you can manage stormwater at your Philadelphia home

Philadelphia, along with most other older cities, is serviced by an antiquated and undersized sewer system. Philadelphia’s sewers, particularly combined sewer systems, contribute to the degradation of our waterways when they are overburdened during rainstorms, and untreated wastewater is released into our rivers.  Philadelphia Water’s long-term plan for managing stormwater in our city is called Green City, Clean Waters.  PHS has partnered with Philadelphia Water to manage the residential component of GCCW – a program called Rain Check. Through Rain Check, Philadelphia residents can take advantage of several stormwater management tools that can have a positive impact on our waterways.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Paul Thompson

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
The Sounds of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia sounds I want to talk about are not the world famous Philadelphia Philharmonic, or the ground-breaking TSOP created by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in the 1970s. I will discuss the everyday experience of living in the city, and how we can make Philadelphia a healthier, safer, more pleasant place to live in by improving the sonic experience.

I started thinking about the sounds of Philadelphia when I left last year’s Fast Forward and heard the birds in the trees across the street. They were noisy and hidden in the leaves, but were a significant part of that evening’s experience. What are the other sounds of the city, and how do they affect us and define Philadelphia?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Kathryn Manz

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Intergenerational Connections 
Philadelphia is a young city - the average age is around 34 - and at an event like Fast Forward >> Philly, we tend to focus on that middle slice of the Philadelphia population that attends design-centered events. But the low average age of Philadelphians hides that fact that of the 10 largest cities in the US, Philadelphia has the largest proportion of people over 60. According to the mayor's office, that population will double by 2035 as the Baby Boom generation retires. Those older adults are balanced by an unusually high birth rate in the city, meaning we have both a large number of children and a large number of older people who live here. Studies show that more than a third of older adults suffer from social isolation, which can lead to depression and declining mental and physical health. One simple step we can take to improving the health of older Philadelphians is connecting them to children. Intergenerational programs have been shown to benefit older people, while improving younger people’s self-image and making them less likely to use drugs or alcohol. I would like to talk about intergenerational connections that can be made within the city (highlighting, of course, the ways genealogy can be a starting point for those relationships) and talk about some interesting architecture and design ideas that bring generations together.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Ryan Sison

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Streetscape for Art and Architecture
As a resident of the Kensington/Fishtown area, I constantly see the growth of the neighborhoods and cannot help but imagine what the untouched pockets of land and vacant buildings could be. As one who works in the field of design, I appreciate the street art, the galleries, and the maker spaces that Philadelphia has to offer. Coupling my imagination for how my neighborhood can continue to grow and being intrigued by art and architecture, I propose to create a public exhibition space of large scale sculpture art, innovative art, and architectural installations along stretches of North American Street.