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Monument Lab, the citywide public art and history project co-curated by Fine Arts Chair Ken Lum, opens in 10 different locations on September 16, with a kickoff event at City Hall from 1:00 – 4:00 pm spotlighting projects from artists Mel Chin, Tania Bruguera, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Hank Willis Thomas.
As the center for applied research, outreach, and practice at PennDesign, PennPraxis has quietly but steadily become a go-to source for expert analysis and perspective on how to make Philadelphia—and cities around the United States—more livable and equitable. It has also become central to the School’s mission of advancing the public good in training the next generation of artists, designers, and planners. This summer PennDesign Dean Frederick Steiner appointed Ellen Neises to be its next executive director.
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Christopher Marcinkoski and Lecturer Megan Born (MLA, MArch’08), partners at PORT Urbanism, led a team including students and alumni Nick McClintock (MLA, MArch’16), Sean McKay (MLA’17), Nick Jabs (MLA’18), and Ao Zhong (MLA’18), along with Architecture Lecturer Josh Freese, in the design of an outdoor installation at Eakins Oval, the terminus of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Each year the American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. This year’s winners included PennDesign faculty and alumni: Architecture Lecturer Jonathan Scelsa and his partner Jennifer Birkeland were awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for their project The Roman Roof-Scape, The Atrium as Landscape-Urban Infrastructure. Alumna Alison B. Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielan were awarded the Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize for their work on Rome Real-and-Imagined: Cinematic Fictions and Future Landscapes. They were awarded the prize under the Landscape Architecture category.
It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in coastal New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and cities in its path are still coming to grips with how to minimize the risks from extreme weather as sea levels continue to rise. As part of this effort, four faculty members in the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture recently unveiled their firms’ designs to tackle the future of infrastructure and resilience in the affected areas.