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The PennDesign Fall 2017 Lecture Series Opens September 6

Philadelphia—The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Fall 2017 Lecture Series brings nearly 30 renowned architects, landscape architects, planners, preservationists, historians, data scientists, and artists to Philadelphia this fall. The series opens on Wednesday, September 6, with the KPF Lecture featuring UN Studio Founder and Principal Architect Ben van Berkel on the firm’s masterplan for Amsterdam’s Arnhem Central railway station and concludes on Thursday, November 30, with a talk by artist Laurel Nakadate.

Among the highlights:

  • Michael Brenson on artist David Smith, whose white sculptures are on view at the Storm King Art Center, New York
  • Mindy Fullilove, MD, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, The New School, on the ties between environment and mental health
  • Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center, on preservation-based community revitalization in the new economy
  • Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, founding principal, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, on the firm’s recent work
  • Penn Architectural Archives Curator William Whitaker on the retrospective exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, now on view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Wendy Lesser on her acclaimed new biography of Kahn, You Say to Brick

Unless noted otherwise, admission to PennDesign lectures is free and open to the public. Information is subject to change; please visit www.design.upenn.edu or sign up for PennDesign’s newsletter to confirm details. For Penn events featuring School of Design faculty, but organized by other programs at the University, contact the presenter directly for confirmation.

Select lectures are eligible for continuing education credit. Contact the presenting department for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect, UN Studio
Arnhem Station: A Station with a Twist
KPF Sponsored Lecture
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Tuesday, September 12, 5:00pm
Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Urban Book Talk with Domenic Vitiello, assistant professor of city and regional planning, PennDesign
Vitiello talks about Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States, which he co-edited with Thomas Sugrue. Featuring contributions by leading scholars across the social sciences, Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States is the first book to document immigrant-led revitalization; published by Penn Press.
Presented by Penn IUR (not a unit of PennDesign)

Wednesday, September 13, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
A Worker’s Lunch Box: A series of interviews with factory workers by Nina Rappaport from the Vertical Urban Factory
Film screening and discussion with the director and guests
Co-presented by the Department of Architecture and Slought

Thursday, September 14, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Public Interest Design Panel + Exchange
“Manifestos: What does Community Engaged Design Mean to You?”
Praxis Dialogues are presented by PennPraxis, the center for applied research, outreach, and practice at PennDesign

Monday, September 18, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Timothy Morton, professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University
“There are More Parts than Wholes”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Tuesday, September 19, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Patrice Frey, President and CEO, National Main Street Center
“Main Streets Now: Preservation-Based Community Revitalization in New Economy”
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Thursday, September 21, 6:00pm
Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, founding principal, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
“Structuring Confluence”
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, September 27, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Keith Krumwiede, director, Krum|Co, California and New York
“Once Upon a Time in Another America”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, September 28, 6:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Paul Ramirez Jonas
MFA Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Wednesday, October 4, 5:30pm
Frederick Steiner, dean and Paley Professor, PennDesign
Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
“Watching the Light in Rome”
Presented by the Arthur Ross Gallery (not a unit of PennDesign) in conjunction with the exhibition A View of One’s Own: Three Women Photographers in Rome

Wednesday, October 11, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Presented by the Department of City and Regional Planning

Thursday, October 12, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Fredric Quivik, professor of history (retired), Michigan Tech; editor, IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Thursday, October 12, 6:30pm
Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Michael Brenson on David Smith

Friday, October 13, 10:00am
Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Panel Discussion on David Smith
With Michael Leja, James and Nan Farquhar Professor of the History of Art, Penn; Sarah Hamill, assistant professor of art history, Oberlin College; Taylor Davis, co-chair, Sculpture, Bard College; and moderator Matthew Affron, Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Mike Cloud
MFA Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
William Whitaker, curator and collections manager, Architectural Archives, PennDesign
“Uncrating Kahn”
Co-presented by the Office of the Dean at PennDesign with The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Wednesday, November 1, 6:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Robert Stuart-Smith, assistant professor of architecture, PennDesign, and director of Robert Stuart-Smith Design/Kokkugia and the Autonomous Manufacturing Lab: PennDesign and UCL-Computer Science, London
“Behavioral Production”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, November 2, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Sharon E. Sutton, professor emerita of architecture and urban design, adjunct professor emerita of social work, University of Washington
“When Ivory Towers Were Black:  Lessons in Re-Imagining Universities and Communities”
Presented by City and Regional Planning

Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Anicka Yi
MFA Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Friday, November 3, 5:30pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Wendy Lesser
“You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn”
Presented by PennDesign Development and Alumni Relations

Monday, November 6, 6:30pm
Scott Erdy, FAIA, LEED AP, co-founder and principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture, Philadelphia
Practical Matters
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, November 9, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Stanislaus Fung, associate professor, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Recent Work
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, November 15, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Penn GIS Day
In conjunction with GIS Day, a national day addressing the importance of geospatial analysis, speakers investigate the role of computer vision and remote sensing in shaping data acquisition, geospatial analysis, and technology developments in cartography. With Rob Emanuele, vice president of research and technical lead on the GeoTrellis Team, Azavea; Abhishek Guar, deep learning engineer, Neurala, Inc; and Chris Holmes, SVP, Product Architecture, Planet.
Presented by the MUSA program in the Department of City and Regional Planning with Penn IUR.

Friday – Saturday, November 17 – 18
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
“The Culture of Cultivation: Designing with Agriculture”
Conference organized by Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, assistant professor of landscape architecture, PennDesign
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Monday, November 20, 6:00pm
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Vladimir Sitta, Terragram, Landscape Architecture + Urban Design, Prague and Sydney
Recent Work
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Thursday, November 30
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Laurel Nakadate
MFA Lecture Series
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts