Landscape Architecture

Fountain and Light Display at Longwood Gardens

Photo: S. Markey courtesy Longwood Gardens

When Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden reopened this past spring after a two-year, $90 million restoration project, its 1,700 fountain jets and streams had a boost from several PennDesign alumni.
Map of section of pay area with opportunity areas noted.

From BIG-ONE-Sherwood’s proposal in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (Watch video)

If Hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove home the threats to coastal cities in the U.S. from climate change—and the role for designers and planners in disaster prevention and mitigation—there was good news this month about efforts to storm-proof the West Coast.
Winning Ross Pavilion design by wHY

Winning Ross Pavilion design by wHY

The interdisciplinary design firm wHY was recently named the winner of an international design competition for the Ross Pavillion in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rome Prize Winners 2017
Each year the American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. This year’s winners included PennDesign faculty and alumni: Architecture Lecturer Jonathan Scelsa and his partner Jennifer Birkeland were awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for their project The Roman Roof-Scape, The Atrium as Landscape-Urban Infrastructure. Alumna Alison B. Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielan were awarded the Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize for their work on Rome Real-and-Imagined: Cinematic Fictions and Future Landscapes. They were awarded the prize under the Landscape Architecture category.
Map of the world's protected areas as of 2015

What’s left: The world’s protected areas as of 2015.

Richard Weller’s Atlas for the End of the World, a groundbreaking new collection of maps tracking urban development in relation to biodiversity, has been steadily attracting notice from the design and scientific com
Map of the slate belt
In the early twentieth century, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley experienced an economic boom as it capitalized on large deposits of high-quality slate buried within the Blue Mountains. Many of the Valley’s towns were founded in those years, and it became the world’s leader in slate production, earning the nickname “Slate Belt.” Today, several quarries and other natural landmarks remain as evidence of the productive times. They were the inspiration for two studio projects led by Ellen Neises, landscape architect and adjunct associate professor in PennDesign’s Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC). On May 12, students, faculty, LVPC staff and community members gathered at Tolino Vineyards and Winery in Bangor for a public unveiling of the studio work.
Amy Freitag speaking at the 2015 symposium Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future

Amy Freitag speaking at the 2015 symposium Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future, organized by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94) has recently been appointed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mayoral Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.
Open edition of LA+ titled: America's Petrochemical Garden. By Billy Flemming
LA+ is the interdisciplinary journal published by the Department of Landscape Architecture.
'The Oval' in front of Philadelphia Art Museum on Ben Franklin Parkway
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Christopher Marcinkoski and Lecturer Megan Born (MLA, MArch’08), partners at PORT Urbanism, led a team including students and alumni Nick McClintock (MLA, MArch’16), Sean McKay (MLA’17), Nick Jabs (MLA’18), and Ao Zhong (MLA’18), along with Architecture Lecturer Josh Freese, in the design of an outdoor installation at Eakins Oval, the terminus of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Rendering of project in New Jersey's Passaic Forest

A proposal from PORT and Range envisions a strengthened ecology for New Jersey's Passaic Forest.

It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in coastal New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and cities in its path are still coming to grips with how to minimize the risks from extreme weather as sea levels continue to rise.
Wilmer Wilson IV, performance detail from Henry “Box” Brown, photo: Bree Gant

Wilmer Wilson IV, performance detail from Henry “Box” Brown, photo: Bree Gant

Four members of the PennDesign community have been recognized by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in the latest round of fellowships and grants.
Dirk Simmons, Identity is a verb
The latest issue of LA+, the interdisciplinary journal published by the Department of Landscape Architecture, is devoted to critically exploring the nexus between place and identity. Ever si

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