Philip Idle attends AIA 2016 Convention ÍMAGINE'

I had the privilege of travelling to Philadelphia in May this year. I attended the International Board Meeting for the Association for Learning Environments (the reason for me being in the US) as representative for the Australasia Region. My role with A4LE over the last 3 years has given me a great opportunity to have seen some interesting places in the US and meet some wonderful people – architects, planners and educators.

On this occasion, it corresponded with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Convention being held in the birthplace of the United States of America. The history of the city, the City of Brotherly Love, is impressive, if a little daunting. In reflecting on this, you come to realise that people settled in the country, and specifically in Pennsylvania, as a multiplicity of people from a diverse background, mostly religious based. William Penn, the Quaker father of the city, is celebrated on the peak of City Hall, the centerpiece of the Parisian based city plan.

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