“As PennDesign alumni, you assume new responsibility, and unsurpassed opportunity, to shape our future," Dean Fritz Steiner told the graduating class. The commencement speech was delivered by Oberlin College Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David W. Orr. Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, spoke at the awards ceremony.
The pop-exhibition in the Meyerson Lower Gallery curated selected works from a workshop this spring titled terrains of wetness: printmaking and making landscape co-caught by Anu Mathur and Matt Neff to cultivate what they refer to as ‘a watery imagination’.
Civilians are legally barred from crossing the border. So the students “traversed” it, traveling the length of the border on either side, cataloging the terrain, collecting oral histories, and carrying out simultaneous actions. They capped off the research with a performance and exhibition at PennDesign in April.
Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, spoke to a capacity crowd last month in Meyerson Hall. The book, which took Goodell from Miami to Lagos to the Arctic Circle over the course of two-and-a-half years of reporting, provided the foundation for his talk, which was presented as the inaugural lecture for The Ian L. McHarg Center, a new think tank on urbanism and ecology at PennDesign.
Wedged between the edge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains lies the formidable ruins of Fort Union National Monument. A seemingly endless highway whose sole purpose is to connect the fort to the greater world brings visitors to the site, and long before arrival at the park, the adobe ruins appear on the horizon. At this moment it was easy to picture ourselves as setters arriving at the fort along the Santa Fe Trail. Northern New Mexico is a landscape unlike any other and it is certainly a world apart from the urban hustle and bustle of Philadelphia. This year, graduate students from PennDesign’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs, enrolled in HSPV 747-401 Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites & Landscapes with faculty Frank Matero (HSPV) and Clark Erickson (ANTH), once again took on the complex and layered site of Fort Union National Monument, the third and last year of a multi-year project.
The Department of Landscape Architecture recently hosted alumnus Alan Berger (MLA’90), the Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism at MIT, for a talk based on his latest book, Infinite Suburbia. At over 800 pages, with 52 essays by 74 authors, the book represents a shot at correcting what Berger sees as an imbalance in the design and planning professions: Leading thinkers and practitioners spend most of their efforts on the cores of cities, while globally, populations are moving en masse to their outskirts.
In a country known for biodiversity and tourism, students brought a critical eye to patterns of settlement and urbanization.
The National Design Awards, which have been given since 2000, are intended to “celebrate design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world,” and are bestowed are “in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.”
Gruber’s work looks at how the built environment could be designed to anticipate a world where much more work is automated. The question that drives his thesis, entitled 21st Century Boomtown: How can design intelligence be integrated into an increasingly automated and migratory 21st-century labor force?
Landscape Architecture Studio Mid Reviews are well under way here in Meyerson! Here's a glimpse at two of our studios.
From Hallie Morrison and Prakul Pottapu, 3rd Year Landscape Architecture Students:
To tourists, the Central American nation of Costa Rica is a patchwork of forests and plantations, but nearly half of the country’s inhabitants live in the capital city of San José. It’s the focus of an ambitious interdisciplinary studio this spring, and PennDesign students just returned from an intensive 10-day stay there with instructors David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, and Lecturer Maria María Altagracia Villalobos.