Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fast Forward >> Info Session - 6.22.15

Monday 6.22.15 | 6:15pm - Center for Architecture | 1218 Arch Street

We've heard some big ideas about Philly hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, redesigning our schools, Silicon Philly, the makerspace revolution, even a new Philly flag...What else awaits our great city?

Find out how to become a presenter and other ways to get involved with the upcoming Fast Forward >> 10.9.15! We will share previous presentations, plans for this year's event, and answer any questions you might have.

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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.