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I would like to invite you to an event I will be a part of this Thursday, October 16th, from 6 to 8pm. Design Philadelphia (part of Philadelphia University) has partnered with a variety of organizations to bring you a night of discussion about Design and Community. The event is being hosted by Digitas Health at their location of 229 S. 18th Street.

I will be giving a short presentation on Paine’s Park to open the forum up and will then join a panel to discuss issues relating to Design and Community. Other members of the panel include a local art gallery owner, Architect of Paine’s Park, and the Dean of Media and Communication at Philadelphia University. There will be a few questions prepared ahead of time but they plan on leaving a large portion of the time for interaction with the audience so it should be interesting.

Please see below for more information. I hope to see you there.

Best,
Nick

* Design for Community
* Digitas Health Paine’s Park
* Category: Lecture
* Date: October 16, 2008
* Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
* Location: Digitas Health
* Rittenhouse Square
229 S. 18th Street

Description: Paine’s Park is the marquee project of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund and Philadelphia’s next great landmark. A multi-use skatepark on a prominent 2.5 acre site neighboring the historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Schuylkill River trail, Paine’s Park will be a new hub for the community and a vibrant public space.

This project includes the work and input from urban designers, landscape architects, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, local art scene participants and the community itself. On this panel, Anthony Bracali, of Friday Architects, and other key contributors to the project will discuss designing for communities. What role does urban planning and design play in the development of our communities? In an increasingly technologically driven world, how will new media and design impact our understanding of community.

Moderator: Brendan Gallagher, Digitas Health
Panelists: Anthony Bracali, Friday Architects
Jenny Jaskey, Gallery Owner
Nicholas Orso, Engineer, Skateboarder
Neil Kleinman, Dean of the College of Media and Communication at University of the Arts

Refreshments will be served.
FREE and open to the public – tell your friends!

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