Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fast Forward 2020 >> Thanks!

Thanks to all who attended last night's Fast Forward >> 2020! We enjoyed some great #WhatsNextPHL presentations, and will post videos soon. 
Please fill out an event survey so we can make next year's event event better (and hopefully in-person)!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Bryan Sistino

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?

North Philly Peace Park Pavilion 

Founded in 2012 by a grassroots group of neighborhood residents, the North Philly Peace Park has grown into a popular eco-campus and passive park that provides free programs for organic and sustainable urban farming, STEAM-based programs, community partnerships, and a local entrepreneur incubator. The Peace Park Pavilion will host classes, after school tutoring, events, and workshops while also serving as a community center. Designed to be net-zero energy and off-the-grid, the Pavilion will be a demonstration tool for sustainability practices to the community members.
The Pavilion integrates the local rowhouse typology with a flexible and open-plan classroom, display kitchen, and wraparound porch that engages the street and park. Community workshops were held to develop a design which collectively represents the park’s vision for a sustainable pavilion and educational facility on its campus.
The construction of the pavilion is envisioned as a community project using both volunteer labor and collaboration with YouthBuild Philly, a non-profit organization that provides education and job skills training to unemployed young adults. The design utilizes common dimensional lumber and modest, readily available materials to form a modular kit of parts that is rewarding and instructional for the community members participating in the building process.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Alyssa Blank

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?

Rethinking a Museum for Design

Philadelphia would greatly benefit from a centralized hub, bridging the profession of Design and Design thinking to the greater community of Philadelphia. Philly has countless museums that pay tribute to the fine and modern arts, various arts and crafts, not to mention our roots in the provenance of America herself. We also have prominent educational institutions but no one consolidated place for all of our design efforts to call HOME. While anchoring a space for Design in Philadelphia is important, geography can often play an important role in accessibility, so bringing Design to various communities would be an integral part of the plan. 
I’d love to see the design our city puts out advocate for itself a little more on a regular basis, as well as invite contemporary design happenings from around the country into our city as not just a resource but a building block between our city and the design outside our county.  
The Design Box ( Building of Exchange ) would break through the boundaries of typical museum format to become a portal, a community connection point  between active design and anyone (from kids to clients) who’d like to learn more, or engage more with Design in Philadelphia.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Richard Hwang

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?

Air in the time of Corona

An overview of what we understand so far about air transmission, and what we can do today and in the future to keep each other safe.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Erike De Veyra

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?

A Studio for the Non-Designer 

Design surrounds us, every day. On a rainy day, the umbrella we grab on our way out. The door we walk out of every day. The space that protects us from the elements. Even The paperclip or the stapler we use to hold papers. Most people don’t know that there are stories behind it, the design team that solved a problem to make life a bit easier, and maybe a bit more pleasant.

Design can make a change, it just needs to reach the masses in a personable, scalable manner. What if you were told the economic development of our city depended on scraps of paper, a glue stick, a crayon, some play dough, or even some toothpicks? Would you believe it? Is there even a connection?

Designers spend most of their time in the “studio,” in school and when they became professionals. It’s where they learned and honed their skills, where their love and passion for design was nurtured. How can you appreciate something you know nothing about?. Give the non-designer a place to ask questions without judgment, to be introduced to a world unknown to them, give them the gift of studio + fun.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Caroline Kneafsey

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?

Work from Home? Or Work from Fun? 

Kinly is a global AV collaboration provider that has been working in the Conference Room space for over 20 years. We see the changes that will be happening because of COVID. The knowledge that employees can work from home means that the office space will reduce in size and people will work from anywhere. Spaces will need to be innovative and mixed so that home workers can be an easy participant. There will be an evolution in the hotel and multi- use space as people will choose to work from “fun” - either choosing new locations or going into the office for a better experience. New types of venues like esports and video classroom space will be the new focus and growth areas as industries re-invent the way they work and educate. Successful companies will align with new partners to develop new verticals and growth plans. Kinly can be a part of your team of experts.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Call for Presenters >> 2020 - Zoom Edition!

Been pondering #WhatsNextPHL? Share it with the DesignPhiladelphia audience! Respond to the Fast Forward >> Call for Presenters by Monday 8.24.2020. More info: