Seeding Ecological Regenerative Design Futures

How can we build an Eco-District in Philadelphia?

Next Monthly Meeting: Sunday 20 September 2020 from 1-3 PM
The Philadelphia Eco-District Incubator has a monthly open meeting on the third Sunday of every month. We will meet at CityCoHo, 2401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Enter at the back of the building accessed from 24th Street, we will be in a conference room). To RSVP to attend our events (it's optional), you can join our Meetup events.

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Presenters at our meetings include:
Pliny Fisk
Pachamama Alliance
Dr Rick Lippin
Dr Simon Richter at UPenn
Irina Marinov at UPenn
and many local game-changers…

The complicated project of converting cities from mechanical to ecological systems is surely the primary design challenge of the 21st century. - Richard Weller
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About Us

The Philadelphia Eco-District is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design.

In the spirit of the Second Enlightenment, this highly collaborative approach aims to start small, grow dynamically through the multiplier effect connected with the zeitgeist.

This initiative began with a conversation between Christopher Zelov and Tony Guido, Zelov mentioned Spring Garden would be a splendid place for an Eco-District to emerge. This led to The Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis, a six month design studio at the University of the Arts, which included contributions from Pliny Fisk, Jay Baldwin, and Tony Brown of the Ecosa Institute for Ecological Design. This led to an undertaking to seed Philadelphia's first Eco-District in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. Now given our global reach, Spring Garden is a metaphor in the spirit of Joseph Campbell.

An initiative of The Knossus Project.

In partnership with ALFA8.

Key Team:
CJ Fearnley
Cathy Zukowski
Rebecca Rose
Christopher Zelov
Laurence Chassagne
Joy Waldinger
David Steinberg
Board of Advisors:
Pliny Fisk, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Dr. William Cohen, Temple University
Dr. Rick Lippin
Jay Baldwin, Author and Whole Earth Catalog Technology Editor
Wayne Jacoby, Global Education Motivators (GEM)

Please contact us to inquire as to how you can join us in this learning journey.

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Philadelphia Eco-District Incubator
tel: 484-554-4710
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