DESIGNchallenge Panel

Fox DESIGNchallenge 2015
A Panel Discussion on Mass Transit, Car Culture, & The Quality Of Urban Life

Thursday, February 12, 6 – 8pm
Terra Hall, 5th Floor
The University of the Arts
211 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Please join a panel of distinguished professionals as we open a discussion on a range of issues and case studies relevant to the Fox DESIGNchallenge 2015 theme: Mass Transit, Car Culture, & The Quality Of Urban Life in Philadelphia.

Panelists include:

  • Jon Geeting (Moderator)
    Engagement Editor – Plan Philly

  • Darwin R. Beauvais, Esq., LEED AP
    Attorney – Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.

  • Jennifer Barr, AICP
    Senior Long Range Planner – SEPTA

  • Denise Goren, Esq.
    Director of Policy and Planning – City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities

  • Christopher M. Puchalsky, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director, Transportation Planning – Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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About the 2015 Challenge

Philadelphia grew up around its dense, colonial street grid, which laid the perfect foundation for walkable, transit- oriented communities. This is one reason why Philadelphia is one of the top 5 cities in the country with commuters walking, biking, or using transit. And yet even with accessible transit, the 20th century ideal of car ownership persists. Philadelphians believe that we can do better.

The American Public Transportation Association estimates that the average Philadelphia household can save close to $12,000 per year by eliminating one car and riding transit. These savings would help bolster struggling families, businesses, and communities across the city. The environmental dividend would also be significant – riding SEPTA reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.

How can we change our transit system and car culture to achieve the economic, social, and environmental dividends from a less auto-centric future?

Fox DESIGNchallenge

The Fox DESIGNchallenge is an annual civic innovation competition to transform great ideas into actions. It brings together a diverse mix of students to collaborate across disciplines to create solutions to today’s most challenging urban issues.

Each year over 150 students participate from Temple University, the University of the Arts, and collaborating universities and select Philadelphia high schools.

Student teams interview civic, business and community leaders, research areas of interest, identify problems and opportunities and design solutions that are environmentally responsible, economically sustainable, and humanly satisfying.

The Challenge is organized by the Center for Design+Innovation at Temple’s Fox School of Business and the Design for Social Impact Program at the University of the Arts.

This year’s Challenge is funded in part by of The Knight Foundation and US Economic Development Agency through their support of Temple’s Urban Apps and Maps Studios.  Proposals developed by the teams form an open source library of civic innovation ideas through the Urban Apps+Maps Studios.

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