Here’s another wonderful blog post from Casey Dougan. Thanks Casey!
On Tuesday February 19th, I had an amazing opportunity to work with 120 Philadelphia area students for the third annual Philadelphia Design Challenge. The challenge was a collaborative effort between Temple University, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, and various local high schools to tackle the citywide problem of “Broad Access.”
Through implementing the design process, we set out to identify opportunities and discover creative ways to approach them. We explored the city to observe the areas of North Philly, South Philly, and Germantown and then met with panels of experts such as city planners, community group leaders, and local business people to help us better understand the spaces.
On Tuesday, we split into groups and came together at Temple University to combine our research and observations. I was placed in a group with two Temple University MBA students, an industrial design junior from The University of the Arts, and a junior in high school. Together, we identified underdeveloped space and gentrification as the issue to tackle and spent the day researching, brainstorming, prototyping, and modeling our system to address it. We decided to target specific neighborhoods and create an easily accessible website and storefront to provide small business information about demographics, loans, government subsidies, and partnerships available to entrepreneurs who want to create business in the area.
In the end our idea did not win the challenge, but I learned a lot about collaboration and enjoyed the opportunity to use the skills I have learned in the Design, Engineering and Commerce Program (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/designengineeringandcommerce/index NULL.html) here at PhilaU in the real world.
Class of 2015