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TEDx Features Craig DeMarco, Jeff Fischer, and Marianne Belardi on Wednesday, December 7

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We perked up when we spotted a TEDx event Urban Placemaking: Design of Third Places is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, featuring some of the local heavies in the Phoenix restaurant scene.

Snag details about this independently organized get-together, time and location after the jump.

So, you know and love TED probably from some of the stellar speeches (like Jamie Oliver's and Mark Bittman's) from the famous TED conferences that started in 1984.

TED stands for Technology, Education and Design and their mission is to spread ideas.

We love the idea of exploring more about "third places," which includes your favorite coffee spot, restaurants and bars where it's commonplace to hold job interviews, birthday parties, and study for school. They're those places that aren't home, aren't work but that are a part of our lives. Better design of these third places is meant to benefit our cities and experiences in them.

TEDx is the program for groups or individuals to create a TED-like talk at the local level. This particular TEDx talk will delve into the measurable features like scale, scope and visual details and the not so identifiable like "the warmth and gregariousness of the staff."

Craig DeMarco (Postino, LGO, Chelsea's Kitchen, Windsor/Churn), Jeff Fischer of Lux Coffeebar and Marianne Belardi (formerly of Cowboy Ciao, et al) are some of the confirmed speakers and speaking from experience, they've got this whole third place experience down pat.

Tickets are $11 and available online for this talk December 7th, 2011 6 -10 pm at 605 E Grant St, Phoenix. For more information go here.

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