A Weitzman graduate studio, offered in 2017 and 2018 by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Karen M’Closkey with the title Fantasy Island, sought to address challenges related to population growth in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristóbal Island. As part of the studio, which is the subject of a publication and will be part of a future exhibition, students designed “areas of permeability” between the protected and human-inhabited parts of the islands.
The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) has announced the CELA 2020 award winners. Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, was inducted into CELA’s Academy of Fellows. Karen Lutsky (MLA’11) received an Excellence in Teaching, Junior, Faculty Award.
For their Penn studio, Karen M'Closkey and Keith VanDerSys used drone and open-source GPS survey units to visualize ocean levels around the island of San Cristobal, providing valuable new data for Ecuador's oceanographic agency.
Two teams of Penn students received honorable mentions in the highly competitive 2020 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Hines Student Competition.
Last spring, PennPraxis was hired by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission to collaborate on the creation of a 25-year plan for the Lehigh Valley. A team of student and alum Design Fellows led by Ellen Neises, adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture and executive director of PennPraxis, produced a series of designs that would enhance the region’s ecological health and quality of life.
In a two-week studio at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Richard Weller is asking students to repurpose Sydney’s Centennial Park for a specific set of endangered species.
Now scheduled to open in August, the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia will include boundary-pushing work by Weitzman faculty and students from the departments of architecture and landscape architecture.
As faculty and students at the Weitzman School gear up to resume classes online, the Department of Landscape Architecture has published a reading list to introduce students to the profession, its history and prime movers, and the issues that animate it today.
Jennifer Zell is a senior associate at AHBE Landscape Architects in Los Angeles. She has worked on a wide range of project types and scales including ecological restoration, urban design, and recreation planning.
PORT, the Chicago- and Philadelphia-based firm co-founded by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Christopher Marcinkoski, has received a 2020 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York. The firm's work includes The Oval+ in Philadelphia, the Lakeview Low-Line in Chicago, and the Knoxville, Tennessee, Battlefield Loop.
In this excerpt from LA+VITALITY, the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture from the Weitzman School, Julian Bolleter explores issues that are encountered when placemaking’s narrative of equality of access is translated wholesale from the western, democratic contexts from which the placemaking movement emerged, to “foreign” contexts such as Dubai. Bolleter teaches urban design at the University of Western Australia.
Over the course of the fall 2019 semester, Weitzman students added their voices to the public discussion on climate change adaptation and infrastructure, as part of an interdisciplinary Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning studio called Designing a Green New Deal: The Spatial Politics of Our Response to Climate Change.