Landscape Architecture

Cover of PLACE by Lee Copeland. (Cover includes watercolor of fishing boats floating in harbor)
New books from Professor Emeritus and former PennDesign Dean Lee Copeland; Witold Rybczynski, Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism; and PennDesign Dean Frederick Steiner.
Panel At The Landscape Architecture Foundation Summit at Penn, June 2016
This June, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), whose mission is to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment, brought more than 700 landscape architects together at Penn. Its goal: to hash out “The New Landscape Declaration,” an update on its celebrated manifesto from 1966. A few weeks ago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in New Orleans, the resolution was adopted.
Highly decorated park space. Tree trunks are covered with knitted craft.

#BackyardExperiment, a two-week installation at Garema Place for the International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Canberra, Australia; Photo Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

Installation made of rubble spread out in a circle

EQUATOR @ ECUADOR, a temporary installation in Pedernales, Ecuador, by PennDesign student Moya Sun. Photo Moya Sun.

For the Fall 2016 elective studios in the Department of Landscape Architecture, students are taking on design challenges in sites all over the world, from climate change and the future of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront to explorations of beauty and form in the design for a park in M
Nature and Cities. The ecological imperative in urban design and planning
This November sees the publication of Nature and Cities (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy), a collection of essays in which leading landscape architects, architects, city pla
Human Ecology: How Nature and Culture Shape Our Word. Frederick Steiner
Humans have always been influenced by natural landscapes, and always will be—even as we create ever-larger cities and our developments fundamentally change the nature of the earth around us.
EMF - drawn by François Poupeau

EMF - drawn by François Poupeau

After completing the first two years of the three-year MLA I program, François Poupeau elected to take a year off from his studies to gain some real-world experience.
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With support from PennPraxis, the consulting arm of PennDesign, alumnus Nick McClintock (M.Arch/MLA’16) and partners Gilad Meron and Mia Scharphie have just launched the Proactive Practices Research Collaborative, a platform for research, publications and workshops that empowers designers to pursue socially impactful work and develop business models that are financially sustainable, filling a critical gap in the design professions.
Still from student film
Responding to the violent events of November 13, 2015, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture students who took part in PennDesign’s 2016 Paris Summer Program produced a series of vide
Eugenie Birch (right) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (center) at a meeting of the General Assembly of Partners at UN Habitat III

Eugenie Birch (right) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (center) at a meeting of the General Assembly of Partners at UN Habitat III

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers, and the challenges to both the public and private sectors are manifold. In working toward a coordinated global response, Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, led a 24-person delegation from Penn at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development held in Quito, Ecuador.
A historic map of Philadlephia indicates the site of the Bethel Burial Ground
In exploring pastoral sites such as Laurel Hill and Woodlands cemeteries for his 2009 dissertation, Parceling the Picturesque: “Rural” Cemeteries and Urban Context in Nineteenth- Century Philadelphia,
Dynamic Patterns exhibition opening at the Melbourne School of Design

Dynamic Patterns exhibition opening at the Melbourne School of Design

Founding partners at PEG office of landscape + architecture with Jeff Sharpe, Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys (Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, respectively) have earned an international reputation for their pioneering use of digital tools and dynamic patterns. PEG’s work was the subject of a recent exhibition, Dynamic Patterns, at the University of Melbourne.