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University of Pennsylvania Names School of Design in Recognition of Stuart Weitzman’s Lifetime Commitment and Support of Penn

The University of Pennsylvania will name its School of Design in honor of award-winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman, Wharton Class of 1963, in recognition of both his ongoing philanthropic support of the University and his active engagement in its academic activities. The new name, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, reflects Weitzman’s enduring influence in the world of design and his extraordinary support of the School.
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Penn Awards Indian Minister Top Prize in Energy Policy

Today the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania presented its fourth annual Carnot Prize for achievements in energy policy to the Honorable Piyush Goyal, India’s former minister of power and of renewables and current minister of railways and coal. 
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University of Pennsylvania School of Design Partners with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) has entered into a 5-year collaborative research agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to assist in activities leading to the study and preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West. The partnership will allow students and faculty to engage in graduate studios, internships, seminars, and theses on topics related to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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PennDesign Spring 2019 Lecture Series Features Pioneers in Design and the Arts

The PennDesign Spring 2019 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Tuesday, January 22, with a symposium on “Building Resilience by Design.” The schedule includes explorations of the history of Brutalism, the impact of climate change on historic preservation, and the cultural economy of nightlife in Philadelphia.
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LA+ Journal Announces Winners of Competition to Redesign New York’s Central Park

From a total of 193 submissions competing for a share of $20,000 in prize money and feature publication in LA+, the jury awarded five equal winners in the design ideas competition to rebuild Central Park after disaster.
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PennDesign Receives $1.25 Million Gift to Establish Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize and Award in City and Regional Planning

Philadelphia—The University of Pennsylvania School of Design has received a $1.25 million gift from William Witte (C’73, MCP’75) and his wife, Keiko Sakamoto, Esq.
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Ralph Lemon Named Sachs Visiting Professor at PennDesign

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design has appointed Ralph Lemon, a choreographer, writer, visual artist, and curator, the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year.
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PennDesign’s Architectural Archives and Berkeley’s Environmental Design Archives Bring Halprin Project Online

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign), has completed a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) documenting the design development of The Sea Ranch.
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PennDesign Establishes Wilks Family McHarg Center Directorship

Through the leadership of alumna barbara Wilks and her sister Nanci Lanni, PennDesign has received $1.25 million from the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation to establish the Wilks Family McHarg Center Directorship.
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Department of Fine Arts at PennDesign Launches PostScript: Immersive Studio Project

This fall, the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design is launching PostScript: Immersive Studio Project. The initiative is housed in a new multi-use exhibition space located in the Crane Arts building in the Kensington section of Philadelphia that will host a series of public programs in 2018 and 2019.
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PennDesign Fall 2018 Lecture Series Opens August 30

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Fall 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Thursday, August 30, with a panel discussion organized by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology on “Designing the Political Landscape.”
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Energy Minister to Receive Penn’s Carnot Prize for Electrifying India’s Most Remote Villages

On October 19, 2018, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design will award its fourth annual Carnot Prize to the Honorable Shri Piyush Goyal, India’s former minister of power and renewables and current minister of railways and coal. 
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