On the evening of October 8th, DesignPhiladelphia hosted a panel discussion, Reimagining the Civic Commons: Reinventing and Connecting Five Public Places as a Network of Civic Assets, at the Asian antiques gallery, the Liao Collection. The panelists included Shawn D. McCaney Program Director, Creative Communities and National Initiatives, William Penn Foundation; Carol Coletta, Vice President, Community and National Initiatives, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation; Kathryn Ott Lovell Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy; and Bryan Hanes Founding Principal, Studio Bryan Hanes. A large crowd attended to hear these experts discuss the conception and potential impact of simultaneous renovations of The Rail Park, Lovett Library and Park, The Discovery Center, Centennial Commons and Bartram’s Mile. A lively Q&A followed.

This event was a perfect example of the opportunity that DesignPhiladelphia creates to learn from, and be inspired by, institutional and business leaders who spearhead design-driven community-based projects in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.