Signature Urban Objects - Designing for Urban Identity is a conference for practitioners and students of urban planning, industrial design, art historians, and tourism development. It will take place Oct. 15th and 16th at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The conference will explore the impact of functional objects such as benches, kiosks, and lamp posts which have the potential to create place identity. Existing examples of these kinds of objects include the red telephone booths in London, San Francisco cable cars, and Paris' metro stops. The conference will also speculate about the new types of objects made possible by new technologies and what their impact might be on the urban environment. The subject will be viewed both from a theoretical-historical perspective and the practical considerations of the legal, maintenance and political issues presented by placing new objects in the public right of way. Scholars, cities and design firms involved in innovative streetscaping projects will present.
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