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School of Design, Faculty Earn Major Grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for Explorations of Built Environment

PennDesign and two faculty members have been awarded over $500,000 in competitive grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The School earned a $300,000 Project grant with an additional percentage for general operating costs for Design With Nature Now, a trio of public exhibitions which will highlight dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape design and development in the face of climate change and urbanization, scheduled to go on view in the summer of 2019. Ken Lum, professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at PennDesign, and David Hartt, assistant professor of fine arts, received Pew Fellowships of $75,000.
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PennPraxis Publishes Second Civic Infrastructure White Paper

PennPraxis, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design’s non-profit center for applied research, community engagement, and practice, has published a new white paper entitled Civic Infrastructure: Sustaining and Sharing the Value of Parks, Libraries, and Other Public Assets. The paper calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships and governance.
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Announcing LA+ ICONOCLAST: A Design Ideas Competition

LA+ Journal invites submissions from landscape architects, architects, planners, artists, and designers for the LA+ ICONOCLAST design ideas competition. The competition challenges creative thinkers to reimagine Central Park in the wake of a hypothetical eco-terrorist attack carried out to protest the loss of the world’s forests.
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Faircloth, Orr to Speak at PennDesign’s 2018 Awards and Commencement Ceremonies

Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, today announced that Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, will speak at the 2018 Awards Ceremony, and David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus and senior advisor to the president of Oberlin College, will speak at the School’s Commencement Exercises.
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Mellon Foundation Awards $1.533 Million to University of Pennsylvania to Study the Inclusive City

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.533 million grant to the University of Pennsylvania for a five-year project focused on urban diversity and inclusion entitled “The Inclusive City: Past, Present, and Future.” The project builds upon the Mellon-funded Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D) Initiative, a ground-breaking five-year collaboration by the School of Design (PennDesign), School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), and Penn Institute of Urban Research (Penn IUR) that brings together students and faculty to explore cities — past, present and future — examining them at the intersection of the humanities and design disciplines.
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PennDesign’s Richard Weller to Deliver “Wakeup Call” for World’s Cities in Kuala Lumpur

A sweeping United Nations initiative titled the New Urban Agenda aimed at improving the quality of life in the world’s fast-growing cities faces a critical test this month when government officials, activists, and academics gather in Kuala Lumpur for the World Urban Forum from February 7 - 13. The gathering is the first time that stakeholders will come together to work out how urban growth can be aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030, as ratified in the New Urban Agenda. One roadmap to achieve those goals comes from Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and professor and chair of landscape architecture at PennDesign.
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PennDesign Spring 2018 Lecture Series Opens January 22

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Spring 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 Monday, January 22, with Manuel Pastor (Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California), in conversation with PennDesign Dean and Paley Professor Frederick Steiner, and a lecture by Enrique Norten (Principal, TEN Arquitectos). 
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PennDesign’s Kenneth Lum Named an Officer in the Order of Canada

University of Pennsylvania Professor Kenneth Lum, chair of the Fine Arts Department in the School of Design, has been named an Officer in the Order of Canada, one of the highest Canadian civilian honors.
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Three PennDesign Students Honored with 2017 Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards

Three students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design—Rachel Finfer, Olivia Mobayed, and Carrie Sauer—won Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards at the 2017 Awards Banquet on November 30, 2017. Women’s Transportation Seminar is a prestigious international organization founded in 1977 with the mission of supporting women in the field of transportation, and counts more than 6500 members.
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PennDesign Introduces a New Post-Professional Degree in Historic Preservation

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design will offer a Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation beginning Fall 2018, increasing the roster of degrees offered by the School to 12.
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Josiah McElheny Named Sachs Visiting Professor at PennDesign

Internationally acclaimed artist Josiah McElheny has been appointed Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year.

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With $1.25 Million Alumna Gift, PennDesign Launches $50,000 Student Prize and Professional Medal for Architecture

University of Pennsylvania School of Design alumna Lori Kanter Tritsch (MArch’85) has pledged $1.25 million to establish a $50,000 fellowship for the most promising graduate architecture student at PennDesign and an international medal of excellence for a practicing architect. It is the largest single gift made to the School for fellowships in its 149-year history.
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