Research

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Bruce Mau is internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics. His most recent work applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems. Mau’s current design consultancy, Massive Change Network, founded in 2010 together with partner Bisi Williams, is based on twenty-four principles that individuals or a global brand can use to set goals and achieve solutions.

North Brother Island
North Brother Island, Credit: Christopher Payne

North Brother Island is a valuable historic landscape and a fragile reserve of significant ecological value. Following a long history as a quarantine hospital, the island was abandoned nearly 50 years ago and is now managed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as a wildlife reserve. As public land in the Bronx, North Brother Island (NBI) presents wonderful opportunities for preservation, education and community benefit.

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The Undergraduate Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania presents the 2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition: O. The exhibition is the culmination of the Undergraduate Fine Arts major curriculum, and represents the senior thesis projects of sixteen students working in a variety of disciplines. 

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Studio Berlin is an exhibition of works produced by fifteen undergraduate and graduate Fine Arts students who traveled to the namesake city as part of the 2015 Howard Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad Program.  While in Berlin students engaged with a range of German artists, visited galleries and museums, and toured the city’s architectural and cultural landmarks.  The studio incorporated day trips to the nearby cities of Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dessau and included an overnight stay at the Bauhaus dormitories.

Map of New York/New Jersey area with different rail lines highlighted. Title "CrossRail"

Focused on the 25 miles at the very center of the nation’s most heavily-travelled passenger railroad, the CrossRail Studio proposed a dynamic mobility vision intended to drive economic success for America’s largest urban area and the economic hub of the Northeast megaregion. NY-NJ CrossRail proposes to transform the New York metropolitan area by integrating its fragmented rail system and uncoordinated capital programs into a unified region-wide — and region-shaping — system.

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Edson da Cunha Mahfuz. 
Viçosa: Universidade Federal de Viçosa. Belo Horizonte: AP Cultural, 1995. 
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/43648223

PhD Dissertation title: An Investigation into the Nature of the Relationship between the Parts and the Whole in Architectural Composition.
Completed: 1983
Supervisor: Marco Frascari  

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These books clarify developments in a number of periods and investigate a range of subjects related to architecture, landscape architecture, building technology, and urbanism.

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Down to Earth / Terre à Terre / Van Nature

The Master of Fine Arts program of the University of Pennsylvania presents the 2015 thesis exhibition in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month exchange between the graduate students and curator Agata Jastrząbek. During their residency in Brussels, the students will install selected works, and through various activities organized by the curator, immerse themselves in the local contemporary art scene and visit major Belgian historical venues.

Through a research grant from ARPA- E, the Kleinman Center will support Professor Robert Carpick and Professor of Practice Andrew Jackson, from the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department (School of Engineering and Applied Science). Carpick and Jackson will identify, investigate, and quantify engineering advances with commercial potential in the field of tribology.

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