Friday, October 11, 2019

It's Fast Forward >> Friday!

Don't miss tonight's lineup of #WhatsNextPHL presentations!
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Friday, October 4, 2019

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Mira Treatman

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Performance in Sacred Spaces, An Insider's Perspective 


For nearly the entirety of my career, I have worked in historic buildings creatively repurposed for performing arts companies. I have a deep respect for the movement toward creative reuse and the avoidance demolition, but I've learned over the years some of the challenges that come with the territory. I would like to share what I as an artist, producer, and arts manager have done to bypass some of those roadblocks in order to make the buildings and the art itself accessible to as many folks as possible. I am a huge believer in historic preservation. I hope that in the future we as Philadelphia artists can be civically engaged together as we protect our treasured buildings and reuse them for our creative entrepreneurship. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Joshua T Lessard

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Architecture & Artifacts: The Evolving Role of Designers in Cultural Institutions


Whether it be appropriation, decolonization, restitution, or repatriation—Philadelphia continues to lead-the-field in conversations about cultural heritage. With many new world-class exhibitions opening in the coming years, we should also take a moment to reflect upon our cultural institutions’ internal processes. With this presentation, I will discuss the ways in which the design of two new galleries (which will open in November at the Penn Museum) pushes the boundaries of our collective definition of “museum”. I will explore the Africa Galleries and Mexico & Central America Gallery as prototypes for reframing this architectural typology as an armature for cultural expression.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Marcus Ferreira

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
How to Increase the Philadelphia Tree Canopy - Overcoming Obstacles to a Greener City


Philadelphia has a tree canopy of 20%, the lowest in the northeastern United States. The city 's goal is to expand the canopy to 30%. With overall temperatures predicted to increase by 2° Fahrenheit by 2035 and dramatic disparities in canopy coverage within the city itself, leading to 20° summertime temperature differentials between neighborhoods and even blocks, achieving the city-wide goal is critical for our collective health, functionality and wellness as a city moving forward.

However, despite being more than half way into a million tree planting campaign, little progress been made, due to attrition. Marcus Ferreira, as a citizen volunteer, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Tree Tender leader offers his insights as to the best means to minimize tree canopy loss and to reforest William Penn's greene country towne.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Gemma Tierney

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Where Houses Replace Warehouses: Land Use Change on Philadelphia's West Washington Avenue


This presentation will share a vision of a possible future for Philadelphia’s Washington Avenue, focusing primarily on West Washington Avenue. West Washington Avenue is a legacy industrial corridor currently dominated by a variety of auto-oriented and wholesale construction supply businesses. Several recent residential redevelopment proposals indicate that its mix of land uses is in transition. Its current uses are not necessarily incompatible with residential uses. Philadelphia’s comprehensive plan, “Philadelphia 2035,” recognizes this and recommends rezoning the corridor from “Medium Industrial” to both “Industrial Commercial Mixed Use” and “Industrial Residential Mixed Use.”