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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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This entry was posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 11:14 am by Jeremy Beaudry.
MiD Alumni Q&A

2010 Alumni Q&A

A few nights ago now some of the first alumni of the reframed MiD program returned to tell us of what it’s like on the outside. Frasier, Rachel, Garreth and Justin as well as a recruiter from MissionStaff named Megan Metz told us of their trials and conquests from the job hunt to their present projects. After which they fielded questions mostly from the trepidatious second-years who are finalizing their theses and beginning the interviewing process.

It was interesting to discover that though we are learning a human centered design process here, most of these graduates worked in a field labeled User Experience. While there did seem to be differences between these two labels, it was not clear exactly what these were. Axure, a software for wireframing and development, seemed to be the tool of choice for many aspects of their new jobs. The fact that there are many aspects to their new positions should also be noted. The graduates seemed to transcend this label pure user experience designer to step into multiple roles including research, information architecture, strategy and more.

Overall the night was a success. Many of the current MiD students were in attendance joined with a few undergrads and fellow professors. It provided an interesting look at the developing creative environment we here are all preparing to enter. Discovering consistencies between their separate positions most of us now have a better idea of what to expect come graduation and how to craft our stories to market ourselves more directly to applicable positions.

The night ended positively with a lot of eager conversations and new connections; everyone seemed excited.

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This entry was posted on Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 4:35 pm by azahn123.