Drexel is a comprehensive global research university committed to use-inspired research with real-world applications. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.
Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company, is a real estate investment and development company that meets the growing and specialized facilities needs of for-profit and not-for-profit institutions, including universities, university-related research parks and healthcare systems. Wexford Science & Technology’s objective is to become a long-term partner, support strategic organizational growth in significant, value-added ways while strengthening the communities in which they work.
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority pioneered the Percent for Art Program in March 1959, becoming the first city in the United States to create a program requiring developers to commission art as part of the development process. The Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art Program obligates developers who are building on land acquired and assembled by the Authority to dedicate at least one percent of the total building construction costs toward the commissioning of original, site-specific works of art. Since the inception of the Program, nearly 400 works of public art have been installed in all areas of Philadelphia. Works of public art can be found in such diverse developments as high-rise commercial and residential towers, housing for families and the elderly, shopping plazas, parks, hotels, universities, schools and libraries.
The Science Center is a dynamic hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Greater Philadelphia region. It has provided lab space, office space, business incubation and support services for entrepreneurs, startups, and growing and established companies for 50+ years. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States.
What happens when the virtual and real worlds meet? What effects do virtual representations of mobility have on reality? Our first feedback meeting dove into some challenging concepts, but attendee and mobility research scholar Mimi Sheller was able to answer many of these hard questions. Below she makes some unexpected connections, ultimately showing how “250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia” enhances our understanding of the world around us.
Today, at Mander Playground, we gave our last group of participants a new challenge. This time, they used pole photography…and themselves…to make letters!
Community engagement is a huge goal for our project, and one of the ways we plan to achieve that while here is with a series of “Pole Photography” workshops. Pole photography is a fun way to take aerial photos. The best part? No helicopters or satellites needed.
Last night was PolakVanBekkum’s very first feedback meeting in the DM+D space, and the theme was “Mobility in Virtual Worlds.” The atmosphere was friendly and the conversations that arose throughout the night only added to the success of the event. By showing film clips, YouTube videos, and discussing examples from past works, Esther and Ivar paved the way for some interesting discussions.
As the Drexel co-op at the STEAM Initiatives department at the Science Center, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Esther and Ivar since their arrival here in Philadelphia. I’ve heard them explain their project to person after person, and I’m still working on the best way to describe this new concept that they’ve invented: the “NavDoc.”
This past Friday, we teamed up with the STEAM Initiatives crew from the Science Center and got to work exploring more of Philadelphia. We drove through neighborhood after neighborhood in Northeast Philly, and we came across the most amazing places! It’s incredible what you learn when you take the time to talk to people and ask questions. Below are some pictures of our adventures!