PennPraxis Civic Infrastructure Summit Panels and Workshops

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This multi-day summit will bring together practitioners, officials, funders, scholars, and field leaders from across the country to discuss their work creating and reinvesting in civic infrastructure, exploring the challenges and questions they encounter as they work on specific sites, city-wide systems and new policy ideas.

This special forum will include:

  • Keynote address and reception (free and open to the public), Penn Museum, Thursday evening

  • Focused panels and workgroups (free and open to the public), Penn Museum, Friday

  • Tours of civic assets in Philadelphia (free, by invitation only), various locations, Saturday

The summit will open with keynotes by Maria Rosario Jackson (Senior Advisor, Kresge Foundation/Institute Professor, Arizona State University) and Damon Rich(Partner, Hector/2017 MacArthur Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation).

Panelists and moderators include:

  • Rebecca Chan (Program Officer - LISC National Creative Placemaking, LISC)
  • Nette Compton (Deputy Director - Parks for People, The Trust for Public Land)
  • Cara Ferrentino (Program Officer - Public Space, William Penn Foundation)
  • Sheila Foster (Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University)
  • Ryan Gravel (Atlanta BeltLine/Founding Principal, Sixpitch)
  • Elizabeth Greenspan (Senior Researcher, PennPraxis)
  • Christopher Hawthorne (Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles)
  • Deborah Jacobs (Director of the Global Libraries Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Scott Kratz (Director, 11th Street Bridge Project)
  • Randall Mason (Senior Fellow, PennPraxis)
  • Shannon Mattern (Professor of Media Studies, The New School)
  • Tyrone Mullins (Co-Founder, Green Streets/Buchanan Street Mall Project)
  • Kira Strong (Deputy Director of Design and Construction, City of Philadelphia's Rebuilding Community Infrastructure)
  • Beth White (President and CEO, Houston Parks Board)
  • Barbara Brown Wilson (Assistant Professor, University of Virginia)

The event, and the research on which it is based, is an extension of PennPraxis' search for new models and best practices for "civic infrastructure," a concept that we proposed in an earlier white paper and gathering. This project is supported by theWilliam Penn Foundation. 

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