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Earlier this summer the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced their plan to transform Philadelphia’s Municipal Pier 9 into the Cherry Street Pier. The project’s goal is to create a working, social, and commercial space for collaboration between entrepreneurs, makers, and artists in the city.

The affiliation of architect Louis Kahn with PennDesign is well-known, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the exhibit “Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture” come to his home town of Philadelphia. It will be showing at The Fabric Workshop until November 5. Don’t miss it!

Architecture’s Summer Preparatory Studio’s final projects are finished! Some truly excellent work. If you’re in the area, stop by the Lower Gallery in Meyerson Hall. It won’t be up for long!

Penn has an amazing Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology right down the street from Meyerson Hall. If you haven’t been, definitely go! On Sunday, they are holding a tour of their Egyptian galleries. This is your chance to get a guided tour of one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world. You can get in free with your Penn ID card.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is holding Pop-Up in the Plaza today from 11 to 2. Delicious food, lively music, and merchandise from the PAFA Museum Store featuring student art work, handmade jewelry, home goods, and more. Think I'll run over there on my lunch hour!

Our Architecture Summer Preparatory Studio is working on their final project. Here’s day 1. Looks like a mess, doesn’t it? Stay tuned, we’ll post a photo or two once they’re finished!

Did you know we have an orchard on our campus? I didn’t! I just found out that right past the tennis courts is a whole orchard/garden. Right now there are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, goji berries, peaches, apricots, and currants. Stop by…and read more here.

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While perusing the news on one of our favorite local organizations' website, Hidden City Philadelphia, we found some familiar names and faces in a great article about the Grave Gardeners at The Woodlands, a rural cemetery in West Philadelphia which was named a National Historic Landmark District in 2006.

With so many of our new students arriving on campus today and over the next few weeks, we thought it would be a great time to remind the PennDesign community (and prospective members of our community!) about all of the bicycle resources that Penn and Philadelphia have to offer since many of our students, staff, and faculty bike to and from campus daily.

Happy Friday! We're getting ready for the weekend and are thinking about heading over to the Camden Waterfront (just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia's waterfront) for the XPoNential Music Festival, featuring artists heard on Philly's WXPN 88.5FM public radio station. You can get all of the details and updates at Have a great weekend everyone!

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Historic Preservation and Environmental Building Design alumnus, current PennDesign Research Associate, and entering Ph.D. in Architecture student, Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, is a member of the team which recently won the inaugural Comcast-Pennovation Challenge.

Our students produce so much work between their studios and electives that it’s hard to keep up!  Check out this great video we stumbled upon highlighting student work from Lecturer J.D. Albert’s spring 2016 elective course, ARCH 638 Mechanisms for Design.