The Secret Lives of Streets: Active Street-Healthy City


We will examine how city streets and city street life can be more walk-friendly and alive for all users, regardless of income and opportunities. City streets serve many purposes—as corridors for cars and buses, as walking routes, as a platform for commercial activities, and, often, a vibrant street life. However, some street areas have also become uninviting to the public due to many factors such as congestion and safety. Hence, we will explore the challenges that cities face and how communities are restoring streets, adding to their commercial vibrancy and leading to healthier lifestyles.

For youths and adults, 16-years-old and above ONLY.
Refreshments will be provided.

This session is hosted by PETROSAINS and presented to you by Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton.

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Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is a gateway to inspire the learning of STEM and ignite the passion for life long knowledge attainment in society. Established by PETRONAS, Petrosains has reached millions across the nation, giving back to the community in the informal learning of science and helping to produce scientifically literate citizens and critical thinkers in the nation.

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Wayne Feiden is director of planning and sustainability for the city of Northampton, in the U.S. His focus includes resiliency, sustainability, downtown revitalization, and multi-modal transportation. Wayne led Northampton to earn the nation’s first 5-STAR Communities award for sustainability. Under his tenure, Northampton has become one of the most livable and sustainable small cities in New England. Wayne is also a University of Massachusetts lecturer, teaching planning and sustainability practice. He has authored 13 research publications, including Local Agency Planning Management, Assessing Sustainability, Planning Issues of Onsite and Decentralized Wastewater, and Performance Guarantees. Wayne’s German Marshall Fund fellowship (United Kingdom and Denmark), Fulbright Specialist fellowships (South Africa and New Zealand), Eisenhower Fellowship (Hungary) all focused on urban revitalization and sustainability. His upcoming Rockefeller Bellagio Residency will focus on developing a Cadre of Sustainability Professionals. As a consultant, Wayne has overseen 32 planning and sustainability contracts, ranging from strategic planning in North Eastern Haiti to planning and regulatory reforms for local governments and has led or served on 27 pro-bono design assessment teams, including the Design and Resiliency Team program that he created. Wayne is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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