Landscape Architecture

Cover of the September 2022 issue of Landscape Architecture magazine
Two projects from students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Department of City & Regional Planning have been recognized by The American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) with 2022 student honor awards. Their designs propose an immersive experience for visitors to the wetlands along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., and a sustainable housing solution for a landscape-prone site in Puerto Rico. The awards represent the highest recognition of future landscape architects.
Charles Neer

Photo Lou Caltabiano

Three years after the WRT team led by Charles Neer (MLA’99) produced a new master plan for FDR Park, some of the landscape and architectural design is taking shape, offering new features for people and other species.
Cover of the book
Outdoor sport and physical exercise have had considerable impact on how we design, live in, and understand landscapes. A new book, Landscapes for Sport: Histories of Physical Exercise, Sport, and Health (Harvard University Press, 2022), edited by Professor of Landscape Architecture Sonja Dümpelmann, focuses on outdoor spaces that have been designed, built, and used for physical exercise and various competitive and non-competitive sports since the early modern period. In an excerpt, she suggests the relevance and meanings of sport landscapes, which are frequently overlooked and taken for granted, despite constituting significant areas of open space in and outside our cities.
Cover of Managing the Climate Crisis
In a new book from Island Press, Managing the Climate Crisis, Jonathan Barnett, professor of practice emeritus of city and regional planning, and Matthijs Bouw, professor of practice in landscape architecture and McHarg Center Fellow for Risk and Resilience, share their approach to addressing the inevitable and growing threats from the climate crisis using constructed and nature-based design and engineering and ordinary government programs.
Rocky shoreline with scrub and icy valley seen from the water

Photo: Frederick Steiner

Visiting the Alaskan coast by boat after a hiatus of more than 40 years, Dean Steiner reflects on changes in the landscape and the lessons to be learned in terms of biodiversity and cultural heritage.
A man walking through grassy marshland
The Environmental Modeling Lab (EMLab), a newly launched research unit within The Ian L.
Among the various transformations taking place on Planet Earth are the distinct but overlapping crises of anthropogenic climate change, mass extinction of plants and animals, and the steady expansion of urbanized space.
birds in flight between two tall buildings seen from below
In the latest effort from Bird-Friendly Penn, a campus-wide initiative to make Penn more hospitable, Weitzman students are invited to create signage for Penn buildings to help birds steer clear and minimize the fatal collisions that are now commonplace.
Richard Weller
Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture, co-executive director of The Ian L.
Douglas Robb
Douglas Robb, a researcher in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, has been named the inaugural McHarg Fellow. Awarded by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at Penn, the McHarg Fellowship provides $75,000 to support an emerging voice in landscape architecture and its related fields who would benefit most from support to conduct research, to teach, and to be mentored by faculty over the term of the fellowship.
Ghostly white and grey images of animals hover over blue shapes on top of the globe lit by nighttime light.
Field Notes Toward an Internationalist Green New Deal, from The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, is “intended to open new terrains for scholarship, organizing, contestation, and struggle in the fight for a globally just Green New Deal.” The site hosts data and visualizations on topics including deforestation, mass extinction, oil and gas reserves, international development, and global carceral infrastructure.
A man gestures to a drawing with two young people outside a brick building

Photo Huiyi An

A new initiative at Weitzman called Studio+ brings together faculty members and students in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, fine arts, and city planning to elevate and reimagine the role of public-school buildings in collaboration with several West Philadelphia schools. “What we’re trying to do is propose new interventions to the problem of school facilities in Philadelphia,” Assistant Professor of City Planning Akira Drake Rodriguez says.