PACDC’s activities have culminated in $180 million to date in new resources for affordable housing and neighborhood economic development.
Design in Action 2011 Convenes in Philadelphia
The Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) in conjunction with the Association for Community Design (ACD) will host its 2011 Design in Action Conference in Philadelphia on October 9-11, bringing together more than 200 architects, designers, cultural leaders, community organizers, and K-12 design educators in a 2.5-day exploration of the latest ideas in community design, outreach, and design education.
Design shapes communities on many levels, whether we are conscious of it or not. Everything we see, everything we touch in the built environment is a product of the design process. The participants at Design in Action work in the public arena to help demonstrate the power of these daily connections, and how design can strengthen communities, solve complex problems, and create uplifting spaces – whether their efforts be as practitioners shaping public spaces, revitalizing decayed urban areas, and other critical community developments, or as arts and culture professionals creating wide-reaching architecture tours, exhibitions, and educational programs for children and adults.
Among those slated to address the assembly or contribute to learning sessions are Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, City of Philadelphia; 2011 Latrobe Prize winner David Perkes; education consultant David Ghoogasian; architecture critic and reporter Julie Iovine; and NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach.
On Monday evening, October 10, Guatemalan-born architect Teddy Cruz, known for his inventive design work along the San Diego-Tijuana border, will present the conference keynote lecture, “Creative Acts of Citizenship,” in a special public event at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia. To register for this lecture visit: http://cruzkeynote.eventbrite.com/
For up to the minute announcements on conference sessions and special events, visit www.aaonetwork.org/DIA2011.
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