2020 Jefferson Smart and Healthy Cities Forum | DesignPhiladelphia

2020 Jefferson Smart and Healthy Cities Forum

2020 Jefferson Smart and Healthy Cities Forum

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2020
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Jefferson Smart and Healthy Cities Forum 2020: Livable Homes for All

Virtual Event hosted on Zoom


Presented By

Multi-disciplinary Design

Daniel Silberman' 2014

Panel 1:

Date Oct. 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm


Topic: Policy + Housing

Affordable housing in booming inner-city areas has become a major issue of inequality in many metropolitan areas in the United States. As one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Philadelphia is facing gentrification and growing rent and home prizes in many of its traditional neighborhoods.  This session focuses on the interaction and collaboration of city government, developers, architects, urban designers and community organizations in creating policies and programs to provide quality affordable housing while fostering economic growth and ensuring sustainable neighborhoods. How can we ensure equal access to housing for all while developing and expending urban economic growth areas? How can we build resilient neighborhoods? How can technology assist in making cities more livable?


Anne Fadullon, Philadelphia Director of Planning & Development

Jamie Gauthier, Councilmember District 3 Philadelphia

Eli Spevak, Founder & CEO, Orange Splot LLC

Jeremy Avellino: Bright Common, Principal and Design Director

Moderator: Troy Hannigan, Community Ventures and Thomas Jefferson University



Panel 2:

Date: Oct. 15, 12:30-1:30pm


Topic: How to Evolve Cities as Smart and Healthy Cities?

Smart technologies, self-driving e-cars, 5G and AI are all changing the way we will live in the future. Smart cities are the new paradigm and many cities have rolled out road maps to enhance services using data science and smart technologies. This session will focus on the interrelationship of city planning, transportation, housing, technology inventions, and public health in developing healthier living and housing conditions accessible for all. The topic will be of interest to academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, urban planners, engineers and city government.  


Anton Germishuizen, Architect, Senior Vice President, Buidings at Stantec

Dr. Peng Du, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University College of Architecture

Dr. David Nash, Former Dean College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University

Charles L. Marohn, Strong Towns, President

Moderator: Danielle Arigoni, National Director of Livable Communities, AARP

Barbara Klinkhammer, Dean, Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Edgar Stach, Professor, Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment
Yocasta Lora, Associate State Director of Advocacy & Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania