Landscape Architecture

San José de Costa Rica
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.
Sign for "The Architectural League NY Emerging Voices 18"
David Seiter (MLA‘05), principal and design director at Future Green Studio in Brooklyn, is one of the Emerging Voices of 2018 according to The Architectural League of New York.
PennDesign's exhibition at the Shenzhen Biennale (installation in progress)
PennDesign landscape architecture students are right now putting the finishing touches on their installation at the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture UABB) in Shenzhen, China. Directed by Professor and Chair Richard Weller and Adjunct Professor Valerio Morabito, the students are exhibiting a set of drawings related to the migrant worker’s village of Nantou in which this year’s biennale is being staged.
Cover of AZURE magazine
PennDesign has been named the Top School for Landscape Architecture by AZURE magazine, Canada’s leading design publication.
Large recreation set up on Eakins Oval
Eakins Oval, a former parking lot hemmed in on all sides by at least four lanes of traffic, may seem like an unlikely place for a family-friendly public park.
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.
Columbus Monument, Columbus Circle, New York City
After a tumultuous year of public debate about monuments and memorials, New York City recently released the findings of its Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. Among the voices on the Commission was PennDesign alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94), who is the executive director of the JM Kaplan Fund. Freitag and the other members of the commission were charged with developing recommendations for how the City of New York should address city-owned monuments and markers on city property, “particularly those that are subject to sustained negative public reaction or may be viewed as inconsistent with the values of New York City”—namely, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture, at Perry World House
In December of 2016, the UN General Assembly voted to endorse a set of aspirational goals meant to guide the sustainable and equitable development of the world’s cities for the next 15 years. The vision of “cities for all,” enshrined in the New Urban Agenda, had been finalized at Habitat III, an international conference convened by the UN in Quito, that October. The agenda is founded on the principles of ending poverty, inclusive urban planning, and environmentally sustainable land use. Next month, the focus shifts to implementation, when a cohort of Penn faculty will present their research at the ninth biennial World Urban Forum, in Kuala Lumpur.
Article by Bernard Spiegel, Title "No risk no play"
In LA+ RISK, Bernard Spiegal–an author and director of PLAYLINK, a multi-disciplinary practice focused on securing children and teenagers’ freedom to play in variety of settings–writes about the inevitability of risk in play.  
Imagined future Tokyo
Arianna Armelli’s model for Tokyo Landscape Futures, LARP 701 Option Studio with Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Christopher Marcinkoski, imagines a post-WWIII future, after North Korea has destroyed central Tokyo and an underground city has been developed as retreat from future threats. 
Richard Weller
Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and professor and chair of landscape architecture, has been named one of the most admired educators in the U.S. in the latest report from DesignIntelligence.
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.