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Athens ConferencePresenting a paper at the opening session and chairing another session at the 5th Annual International Conference on Urban Studies & Planning in Athens, Greece, have been a rewarding experience. Scholars and practitioners, including architects and urban planners, represented about 25 countries from six continents. My paper was titled “Placemaking via Community Design: Planning for Green Stormwater Infrastructure”, and was based on a research project funded by the US EPA. I presented a framework for developing a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) plan through a participatory Geodesign process, and then applying the framework in two urban Philadelphia watersheds. Specifically, I discussed the process of using community design methods to develop conceptual site plans, combining GSI and recreational and community-building assets.

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