Come celebrate public space and public art at our annual PARK(ing) Day After Party! Join us to meet the creative PARK(ing) Day teams and to snack on food, share drinks, dance to music, and to find out the 2017 winners of the highly coveted Golden Cone Awards.
We'll also feature an exciting, short presentation on local "tactical urbanism" from University City District's Director of Planning and Design, Nate Hommel!
Nate joined University City District (UCD) in 2012, and has served as the Director of Planning and Design since Summer 2015. Nate uses his urban design expertise and dedicated enthusiasm to further enhance urban quality of life issues throughout University City. He greatly expanded the district’s Parklet and public space program, and has been influential in developing UCD’s progressive placemaking and tactical urbanism methodology to enhance West Philadelphia. Nate was instrumental in launching Green City Works, UCD’s new landscaping social venture, and serves as lead designer for all landscaping and public space projects that the venture executes. Nate is passionate in the belief that streets are public spaces; in line with that thinking, he is one of the founding members of Open Streets PHL and is the External Communications Director for the organization. Before UCD, Nate worked as a landscape architect/urban designer for two firms in Philadelphia for 9 years, he served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Philadelphia University, heading the urban design and community design studios for 4 years. Nate holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Check out the UCD's report on The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses.
Tickets are FREE for PARK(ing) Day team members and only $5 for the general public.
Photo: Ben Tran | courtesy of University City District