Landscape Architecture

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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.

In 2015, after a summit in Beijing focused on challenges in Chinese cities, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and former Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor, along with Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture Richard Weller and Professor of Architecture Ali Rahim, launched a two-year joint research initiative with Chinese scholars. She also helped secure a grant from AECOM to run a series of design studios focused on urbanization in China. And just last month, Taylor, Rahim, and Weller hosted a two-day event called the Penn-China Design Dialogues in Beijing, with three panels focused on urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture.

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Laurie Olin, practice professor emeritus of landscape architecture at PennDesign, will receive an honorary doctor of arts degree at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony for his many contributions to the design profession. 

Richard Weller, Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, professor and chair of landscape architecture; Christopher Marcinkoski, associated professor of landscape architecture; and Javier Arpa, lecturer in landscape architecture, contributed articles to the latest issue of DOMUS magazine.

The Spring 2019 travel studios will take students to at least seven countries and 18 cities on three continents. But the design challenges and cultural traditions they present are even more varied than the list of destinations suggests.

In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his design process, the interchange between his practice and teaching, and the experience of space.

This is the time of year when DesignIntelligence surveys students and professionals about the best architecture and design schools in the U.S. Today, we’re calling on alumni, students, and friends to ensure that the enduring value of a Penn education is acknowledged.

A Fall Landscape Architecture 2019 studio, A Greater Bay Area? (Or, Urban Futures with Chinese Characteristics) was designed as an opportunity for students to engage with a region that is far larger than what they may have worked with in the past, and think through how it might work in the future.

To celebrate the launch of its Urban Resilience Certificate, PennDesign brought together urban designers, architects, engineers, city planners, and sociologists to share strategies for adapting to rising sea levels, fiercer storms, and sinking shorelines.

Aaron Wunsch has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and in the Department of Landscape Architecture. 

Ahead of a daylong symposium with leading designers and educators he is co-hosting, PennDesign’s Matthijs Bouw talks about his work on the BIG U in Lower Manhattan, lessons from the Dutch for resilience planning, and other touchstones for the School’s newest certificate program.

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In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his lifelong drawing practice. “A lot of design is about planning and thinking and then working through a problem,” he says.“Drawings are problems that you set for yourself when you’re trying to figure out how to express something.”

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