Architectural Archives

Cake with "Design With Nature Now" logo on it

The Lincoln Land Institute of Land Policy has realeased Design With Nature Now, edited by Frederick Steiner, Richard Weller, Karen M’Closkey, and Billy Fleming from the Weitzman School's Landscape Architecture Department, and an essay on Ian McHarg by William Whitaker, Curator of the Arc

Sign for Louis I. Kahn, the Nordic Lattitudes

The Architectural Archives held a public book launch and presentation for authors Per Olaf Fjeld amd Emil Randall Fjeld on September 25th. Louis I. Kahn: The Nordic Latitudes is a new and personal reading of the architecture, teachings, and legacy of Louis I.

Sign for "Complexity and Contradiction in Architects". Image: Robert Venturi

The Museum of Modern Art has announced the publication of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction at Fifty, celebrating Venturi’s 1966 landmark book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, which grew out of his teaching at Penn.

Denise Scott Brown speaking at Robert Venturi Memorial

Denise Scott Brown, the Architectural Archives, and the Weitzman School hosted a celebration for architect Robert Venturi in the Fisher Fine Arts Reading Room on June 15th, with remeberances from students, colleagues, friends, and family.  Beyond an internationally significant legacy of buil

Louis I. Kahn model on exhibition

This April, a model of Louis I. Kahn's National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh traveled to the United Nations as part of the exhibition, From Island to Island: The Creative Journey of Louis Kahn.

Philadelphia Traffic Study, 1951-53

On WHYY’s podcast “The Why,” William Whitaker, Architectural Archives Curator, discusses Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn’s attempt to curb the city’s traffic in the 1950s.

Viewers at map room event looking at archived maps
In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Libraries Map Room, the Architectural Archives did a map room event at the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of the Archives Month Philly even
Woman holding sign saying "Welcome editor in chief"

The Architectural Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Mildred Schmertz Collection. Schmertz was the long time editor of Architectural Record as well as a respected architectural photographer.

New exhibition "The House We Live In"

The Architectural Archives opened a new exhibit, The House We Live In on Thursday, June 20th.  See the exhibit page for more information. 

John Lawson (far left) and Lorna Katz (second from left)

On May 11th, Bill Whitaker, Curator of the Architectural Archives, co-led a tour of the Swarthmore College campus in conjunction with Docomomo.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Animal crossing overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta.On view in the Meyerson Galleries.

 Photo © Paul Zizka

Design With Nature Now, echoing the title of McHarg’s 1969 book Design With Nature, takes visitors on a global tour of 25 ongoing or completed projects in 21 nations—from China to the United States, and from Columbia to New Zealand—to measure the political, environmental, and economic dimensions of landscape architecture as practiced today.

Henry Wilcots and Bernard/Columbia Class in Architectural Archives

Professor Anooradha Siddiqi brought her Bernard/Columbia achitectural history class, Modern Architecture in the World to the Architectural Archives on April 12th.  The class viewed original drawings and models from the Kahn collection, and heard from Henry Wilcots about the construc

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