Event: bioPhilly 360 Mapping Charette
Place: The SEED Center at Phila U
(Philadelphia University’s Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design)
4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Dear bioPhilly Friends,

As promised our planning group will hold its first workshop on Thursday September 22nd, 2016.
We so hope you can join us!

As we speak, Geodesign Strategist Veronica Andersen (Rodriguez Consulting LLC) and Keith Russell of Audubon have most generously taken up the cause of creating a habitat map for our shared project.
The ultimate goal is a habitat map for the entire city, which re-imagines Philly as a place of wild nature, habitat for a multitude of species living with and among us humans.

An urban oasis.

An urban garden.

Re-imagining high rise buildings as bird habitats, identifying “holes” in the green urban fabric, neighborhood by neighborhood, such that we can take up the cause of connecting all green dots, connecting our work to other projects such as the PHS Civic Landscapes and the Viaduct Green Project. We could identify green as well as blue corridors and set priorities of engagement.

Philadelphia lies along the Atlantic Flyway and is an essential urban sanctuary for migrating birds every spring and fall. Since there is a direct link between the health of bird populations and the quality of life for humans, we have chosen to begin our project with a focus on our feathery friends.

We would like to map bird movement in the city, as well as understand, which buildings or groups of buildings are the major cause of bird collisions and bird deaths. If patterns arise, we would like to find ways to address those from a bird habitat point of view.

It might also be interesting to assess the extent of the “birdsong coverage” in the city… what percentage of the city’s neighborhoods/land area are covered by healthy birdsong (recognizing what we increasingly know about the positive benefits of this important element of the natural soundscape).

RSVP: biophilicphilly@gmail.com

Warm regards,

The bioPhilly Working Group
Elizabeth Calabrese
Alice Dommert
Cynthia Barber Gale
Fredda Lippes
Vera Neumann-Sachs
Helena van Vliet