Architectural Archives

  • Ian McHarg in Portugal, July 1967

    Ian and Carol McHarg Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Ian McHarg: The House We Live In

Friday, June 21, 2019Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Kroiz Gallery, The Architectural Archives
220 South 34th Street at Smith Walk
Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library building

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Admission is free for all. Visit the
project website to learn more about ecological design and Design With Nature Now events.

Ian McHarg: The House We Live In draws from the extensive holdings of the Architectural Archives at Penn to tell the story of Ian McHarg’s early career. The exhibit provides context—from his teaching, practice, advocacy, and writing—for his groundbreaking 1969 book Design With Nature and illuminates the ecological approach to design he went on to develop over his four decades on the faculty at Penn. The exhibition is curated by William Whitaker, curator and collections manager, Architectural Archives.

Design With Nature Now marks the official launch of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, an interdisciplinary think tank at Penn that brings environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

A forthcoming book from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy documents the three exhibitions and extends the dialogue on ecological design with reflections by leading scholars and practitioners including James Corner, Erle Ellis, Ursula Heise, Laurie Olin, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, David Orr, and Anne Whiston Spirn.

Presented by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology and the Architectural Archives.

Design With Nature Now exhibitions have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.