This event is to celebrate PARK(ing) Day and to congratulate the best parklets from the 2017 PARK(ing) Day. This years awards will also feature a presentation by Nate Hommel, the Director for Planning and Design of University City District in Philadelphia, PA.
About The Speaker
Nate joined University City District (UCD) in 2012, and has served as the Director of Planning and Design since Summer 2015. Nate uses his urban design expertise and dedicated enthusiasm to further enhance urban quality of life issues throughout University City. He greatly expanded the district’s parklet and public space program, and has been influential in developing UCD’s progressive placemaking, and tactical urbanism methodology to enhance urban quality of life in West Philadelphia. Nate was instrumental in launching Green City Works, UCD’s new landscaping social venture, and serves as lead designer for all landscaping and public space projects that the venture executes. Nate is passionate in the belief that Streets are Public Spaces, in line with that thinking, he is one of the founding members of Open Streets PHL and is the External Communications Director for the organization. The Group successfully lobbied for and developed an Open Streets event in Philadelphia, in less than 1 year. A Frequent speaker on the national level, Nate has taken the UCD message across the nation most recently, Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, and Syracuse NY where he led a series of Tactical Urbanism workshops with students and members of the community. He has appeared in various media & publications speaking on progressive urbanism including: The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and RadioTimes. Before UCD, Nate worked as a landscape architect/urban designer for two firms in Philadelphia for 9 years, he served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Philadelphia University, heading the urban design and community design studios for 4 years.