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Marking the 50th Anniversary of Robert Venturi's 'Complexity and Contradiction'

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, and David Brownlee, the Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, are organizing a three-day symposium on November 10, 11, and 12, 2016, bringing together international scholars and architects to discuss the significance and enduring impact of this remarkable book.
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Students Unveil Interactive Sculpture in University City for Hunger Action Month

According to the Coalition Against Hunger, 1 in 4 Philadelphians are at risk for hunger. A team of University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) graduate students have built an interactive sculpture that responds to social media posts to raise awareness about hunger issues in the city. There will be a kick-off event on Friday, September 16 at 6:00pm.
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University of Pennsylvania School of Design Welcomes New Faculty Members in Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Fine Arts

PennDesign welcomes five new members of the standing faculty, subject to University approval. They are: Masoud Akbarzadeh, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture; Michelle Lopez, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts; Vincent Reina, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning; and Lisa Servon, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning. Joining the faculty on January 1, 2017 is Allison Lassiter, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning.
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Four PennDesign Faculty Members and Alumni Earn Prestigious Pew Center Grants

University of Pennsylvania School of Design faculty members Sharon Hayes, Ken Lum and Brian Phillips (MArch’96), along with alumna Kelsey Halliday Johnson (MFA’12), have received funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for new research and public programs dealing with subjects ranging from sexuality in America and pioneering female artists of the 20th century to Philadelphia’s historic row houses and monumentality in the civic sphere.
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Announcing the Publication of LA+TYRANNY

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design announces the publication of the latest issue of the critically acclaimed interdisciplinary landscape architecture journal: LA+TRYANNY. Tyranny takes many forms, from the rigid barriers of military zones to the subtle ways in which landscape is used to 'naturalize' power. What are these forms and how do they function at different scales, in different cultures, and at different times in history? How are designers and other disciplines complicit in the manifestation of these varying forms of tyranny and how have they been able to subvert such political and ideological structures? The new issue is available for purchase online at and at select retailers.
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Clementine Gilbert, Adriana Vazquez, Sujay Suresh and Allie Looney Awarded $50,000 2016 iDesign Prize

On Monday night the 2016 iDesign Prize was awarded to University of Pennsylvania Integrated Product Design students Clementine Gilbert, Adriana Vazquez, and Allie Looney, and Engineering and Applied Science student Sujay Suresh.
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Architect Thom Mayne to Speak at PennDesign’s 2016 Commencement Exercises

PHILADELPHIA—Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, today announced that Thom Mayne
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Penn MFA Thesis Exhibition Set for May 12–20, 2016 in Los Angeles

May 12–20, 2016
MAMA Gallery, 1242 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles
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Announcing the 2016 iDesign Prize Championship

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Compete for $50,000 and Mentoring from the Integrated Product Design Program
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"It must never have occurred to Zaha Hadid to be anything other than an original — an original in her bold sense of self, in her inclination to defeat convention, in her determination to overwrite the norm, in her playful designs, in her exceptional architecture, and in her remark
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PennDesign Dean Marilyn Taylor on Zaha Hadid

We’re shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Zaha Hadid. She was an amazing woman and an extraordinary architect whose elegant and awesome works bring inspiration and delight to the sites and places they command.
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Praxis Dialogues: Arts and Culture

Philadelphia—On April 11, 2016, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present the next installment of 
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