PennPraxis is the applied research arm of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, providing opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate on real-world projects.  PennPraxis projects have had positive impacts globally and nationally, as well as in our…



PennDesign Hosts Ongoing Exhibit Honors Architect's Work

The exhibit "Back Matter: The Making of Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction" honors the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture." It features manuscript drafts and working documents related to this piece. Venturi was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961 to 1965. 
    • A door leading to debris | August 8, 2013

Praxis Dialogues: Preservation and the Public Good

Even in the most settled times, the status of historic preservation as a public good is unsettled and contentious. The third installment of Praxis Dialogues explores the underpinnings of historic preservation as a public good, focused on Philadelphia. Panelists will discuss preservation's role in civic life, how it contributes to neighborhood identity,collective memory, and economic development; and the politics of our right and responsibility to preserve. Panelists include: Wendell Pritchett, Presidential Professor of Law and Education, PennLaw Prema Gupta (MSHP’05), Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Planning and & Real Estate Development, PIDC Aaron Wunsch, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of…

Design & Heritage Symposium at University of Pennsylvania

Attendees can expect to hear discussion about heritage and innovative strategies for thoughtful at this symposium, creative design in historic contexts, according to PennDesign's website.  The event will kick off with a keynote address from Marlon Blackwell, a practicing architect in his professional office and a professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas, where he previously served as the department head.  The following day, there will be three sessions of speakers: "Communicating Context," "Design + History" and "Regulating Change." The full itinerary and more information about the event can be found here. 
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