Recently named the Andrew Gordon Assistant Professor at the Weitzman School, Sean Burkholder is working to advance the practice of landscape architecture with projects like Healthy Port Futures, an effort to improve water quality, reduce the impact of dredging, and create new wetlands around the Great Lakes
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In July, the Weitzman School of Design welcomed Sonja Dümpelmann to the standing faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture.
This year, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Design With Nature, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design launched a new research and education center named for its legendary author, the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, along with a conference and a series of exhibitions meant to investigate McHarg’s legacy.
Ursula Heise and Erle Ellis shared the stage at Penn’s Annenberg Center to mark the official launch of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology and to kick off Design With Nature Now, a weekend-long conference and summer-long exhibit celebrating the fifty-year anniversary of McHarg’s most famous publication, Design With Nature.
To be a designer, says Laurie Olin, you have to be an optimist. “If you’re not an optimist, you’re a preservationist,” he explains during an interview for Sitting Still, a new documentary in production for release next year. “If I didn’t think I could make the world better through my efforts why would I do this?” Described by some as an “irreverent urban warrior” with a “profoundly social vision,” Olin, a distinguished teacher, author, artist, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today, is the focus of the in-the-works film. “The title, Sitting Still, grew from Olin saying that one of the best methods devised to learn from the world is to actually be in it and sit still,” says Gina Angelone, the filmmaker. “That’s what Laurie does: He wanders out into the world with a sketchbook in hand, sits, draws and observes life.”
Stephanie Carlisle, lecturer in landscape architecture and Nicholas Pevzner, senior lecturer in landscape architecture, contributed articles to the two most recent issues of DOMUS magazine. In the March 2019 issue, their article looks at the role of coal and rare metals mining in environmental degradation and social unrest. Their article article in the April 2019 issue examines the concept of ecosystem services, where the City of New York has assigned a value for the ecological benefits of each street tree in the city.
As a new academic year begins, scholarship coming out of the Weitzman School is engaging a range of topics, including farmland preservation in Pennsylvania and Maryland, development in the megacities of Latin America, architectural resilience in Japan, and the socio-ecological legacy of Desig
We have lost the Dutch master of landscape architecture education this week. He was a member of Ian McHarg's first class of Master of Landscape Architecture graduates at Penn.
At the edges of cities and metro regions across the world—the peri-urban landscapes where developed land and rural land overlap—human settlements are pushing up against sensitive plant and animal habitats and threatening to accelerate the already swift decline of biodiversity on earth. Such conflicts are common. But in some cities, where growth is encroaching on ecosystems rich with unique species, called biodiversity hotspots, the threat is particularly acute. Those are the places that Richard Weller, the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and professor and chair of landscape architecture at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, has identified as "hotspot cities." They were the subject of a two-day symposium that drew planners, conservationists, and policymakers.
Joining the students, guests, and faculty gathered at Irvine Auditorium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony was Stuart Weitzman, the award-winning designer for whom the School of Design was named in late February, and the evening’s featured speaker.
Richard Weller, the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, has spent years researching points of conflict between urban development and the natural environment, and released a report last year looking at Hotspot Cities, where development patterns threaten critical centers of biodiversity. David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has run a series of design studios looking at informal settlements and disaster recovery in Latin American cities. This spring, Weller and Gouverneur joined forces for a design studio focused on managing urban growth and protecting natural habitats in Bogotá.
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.