No longer the industrial hub it once was, Philadelphia is confronted with a dual reality: while defined areas act as beacons of community vitality, many others are characterized by clear signs of disinvestment. Considered symptoms of urban decline, Philadelphia's tens of thousands of vacant or underutilized properties are also the key to creating the economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future we want for our city and ourselves. Before we can achieve these goals, however, we need to explore the many issues surrounding the reuse of these idle, potentially-contaminated parcels, and must recognize and understand the roles of innovative engineering and design solutions in creating livable, eco-friendly, vital urban places.
This conference will bring together stakeholders representing city, state and federal government; academia; non-profit organizations; and the private sector for the purpose of sharing information related to the city's current stock of idle lands, the steps necessary to acquire and redevelop them, as well as the many innovative and sustainable reuse options. Intended as a catalyst for action and for the formation of new partnerships among participating organizations, the event will include discussions of real world applications and current research, and will better prepare attendees to engage in sustainable redevelopment activities throughout Philadelphia.
Josephine Faass, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Coordinator, Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 570-3540
Fax: (215) 895-1363 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.drexel.edu/cities/
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