This week promises several interesting explorations about urbanization, city infrastructure, and neighborhood change. Plus TEDxPhiladelphia returns.
INQUIRE: Jenny Odell: Looking at Cities
Monday, March 24, 6-8pm. Moore College, Stewart Auditorium, 1916 Race Street. MuraLAB presents Jenny Odell, a digital artist teaching at Stanford, to share how she uses the Internet to help us understand urban infrastructure systems. Odell collages these landscapes and helps us study the systems we otherwise tune out – from wastewater to landfills, electrical wires to solar fields. Free, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 26, 6pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Join Harvard professor Robert Sampson, Jeremy Nowak and Penn professor Domenic Vitiello for a conversation about the transformation of communities and ways planners can engage effectively to shape new futures. Free.
EXPLORE: Cultural Communities in Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 26, 6-7:30pm. John C. Anderson Apartments, 249 South 13th Street. As part of this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia adventures, join the Design Advocacy Group with the William Way LGBT Community Center’s director Chris Bartlett for a conversation about preserving the Gayborhood’s cultural community even as it has evolved. Register online, free.
Thursday, March 27, 5:30-7pm. Inn at Penn, Living Room. Join Penn IUR and urban experts, including Saskia Sassen (invited, Columbia University), Anthony Yeh (University of Hong Kong), Abha Joshi-Ghani (World Bank Institute), to explore the challenges and opportunities of life in Asian cities and lessons they offer. Free, register online.
Friday, March 28, 9am-6pm. Doors at 8:30am. The main TEDxPhiladelphia event is sold out, but you can still watch via webcast or at a viewing party. Reserve your spot at viewing parties being hosted at Interstate General Media, Impact HUB, Culture Works, Mighty Engine, and Center for Architecture. More info.