CTBUH Chapter Event

CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter Presents: Public Common Space

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 | Online Event

The Public Commons has become a term used for shared and unencumbered access to air, oceans, and wildlife as well as to social creations such as libraries, scientific research and public spaces. The first half of 2020 witnessed unimaginable change to our collective existence brought about by the perils of a global health crisis followed by a repositioning of our focus on to centuries of systemic racial injustice. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the horrific and brutal death of George Floyd have become catalysts for a re-examination of our public space and the institutions that govern it.

While the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, gender, religion or nationality, bias is still embedded in public spaces, urban life and the built environment. Cities must respond to these failings and promote new modes of design, implementation and social maintenance in order to truly reflect the people of our nation.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat together with the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania has assembled a panel of thought leaders for a symposium to address the history, future and current events surrounding PUBLIC COMMON SPACE.

The discussion is moderated by CTBUH Philadelphia Board Member Scott Erdy, Principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture, and includes presentations and discussion by Ian Smith, Architect, Ian Smith Design Group; Carolee Fink, Principal, MSquared and former Chief of Staff, NYC Deputy Mayor's Housing Office; Tommy Joshua Caison, Founder & Directing Manager, North Philly Peace Park; and Devin Liddell, Chief Futurist, Teague Consulting. Opening remarks will be provided by CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter Chair Kirk Harman, Founder & Principal, The Harman Group, and Hina Jamelle, Director, Urban Housing Studio, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.

Number of attendees: 96

Sponsored By:


Shelley Finnigan, Global Technical Sales Engineer, Head of Technical Sales & Marketing, ArcelorMittal
lester ng, Architects Hawaii Ltd., Architects Hawaii Limited - AHL
Blair Robinson, architectsAlliance
Jake Christensen, Atlas Ventures
Thomas Reusche, BALA Engineers
Jerome Cloud, Design Principal, Cloud Gehshan
Sean Augustino, DCI Engineers
Donna Zalecky, DMZ Planners LLC
Serge Nalbantian, Vice President, Development & Construction - East, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments
Luke Dale, Erdy McHenry Architecture
Scott Erdy, Principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture
Patrick Till, Erdy McHenry Architecture
Gail Borthwick, Gensler
Sean Canady, Principal, GGLO
Erik Harris, Associate Principal, Goettsch Partners
Frank [email protected], Greene Justice Architecture DPC
Frank Greene, Greene Justice Architecture DPC
Erik Heironimus, Associate | Project Designer; Associate | Project Designer, HOK, Inc.
Edward Dunson, Howard University
Zahida Khan, Student, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kevin Aires, Individuals
Hongbang Chen, Individuals
Lauren Hunter, Individuals
Shiyue Liu, Individuals
Shifei Xu, Individuals
Brian Phillips, ISA
Janine La Marca, Director of Client Relations, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Walter Mehl, Managing Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Juan Carlos Esquivel, President & CEO, JCE Structural Engineering Group
Rebecca Udell, KSS Architects
Spencer Finch, Langan Engineering
Christine Hough, Senior Business Development Manager, Langan Engineering
Eric Huefner, Langan Engineering
Kate Kubiak, Langan Engineering
John McElroy, Senior Associate, Langan Engineering
Veronica Sarza, Langan Engineering
Ryan Kuck, Liberty Property Trust
Rushyan Yen, LMN Architects
Jeremy Hasselbauer, Associate, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Robert Lau, architect, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Ovi Olariu, Senior Project Architect, Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Dave Munson, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Tracy Larrison, Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate
Zhiying Deng, SCAD
Craig Anz, Faculty, Southern Illinois University
Kate LoSecco, Syracuse University
Salam Alkhabaz, Temple University
Victoria OConnor, Temple University
Christopher Pelc, Temple University
Malachy Roberts, Temple University
David Mercuris, The Goldenberg Group
Susanne Hanson, The Harman Group
Albert Meyer Jr, Project Engineer, The Harman Group
Jason Squitiere, Project Engineer, The Harman Group
Jan Vacca, Vice President, The Harman Group
Aimee Moore, The Ohio State University
Brianna Pinckney, Turner Construction Company
Jie Bao, University of Pennsylvania
Ana Celdran, Student, University of Pennsylvania
Dongqi Chen, University of Pennsylvania
Tuo Chen, University of Pennsylvania
Maria Garcia, University of Pennsylvania
Eleanor Garside, University of Pennsylvania
Riwan Heim, University of pennsylvania
Benjamin Hergert, University of Pennsylvania
Mengdi Jia, University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Knust, University of Pennsylvania
Anna Lim, University of Pennsylvania
yulun liu, university of pennsylvania
Elisabeth Machielse, University of Pennsylvania
Umar Mahmood, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmine McBride, University of Pennsylvania
John Nedeau, University of Pennsylvania
Jamaica Reese-Julien, University of Pennsylvania
Madison Tousaw, University of Pennsylvania
Changzhe Xu, University of Pennsylvania
Weiting Zhang, University of Pennsylvania
WEIYA ZHOU, University of Pennsylvania
Bolai Ren, UPenn
bevy si, upenn
Yuxuan Xiong, UPenn
Albert Marskamp, Chief Engineer and Engineering Manger, Walters Group Inc.
John Stout, Senior Project Designer, Weber Thompson