University of Pennsylvania School of Design

In fall 2003, the historic Graduate School of Fine Arts became the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Our new name—familiarly PennDesign—describes what we are now, a single school, within a great university, dedicated to promoting excellence in design across a…



PennDesign Symposium: Simulating Natures

Symposium: Simulating Natures Thursday, Mar. 19, 2015 — Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery 210 S. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 In order to design for movement, a whole new system of conceptualizing must be undertaken. Our present systems of design and planning are invariably limited by our techniques and our methods of symbolizing ideas. We know only how to delineate static symbols, so that is all that we do. –Lawrence Halprin The relationships between stasis and change, control and flux, and form and process are central to conceptualizing landscapes. Such notions pertain not only to the material growth…

Pierre Bélanger Lecture: “1 : 1 billion On Landscape, Infrastructure, Power”

Penn IUR has partnered with Landscape Architecture to bring you an exciting talk about urbanism with Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the MDes Postgraduate Design Research Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Also cross-appointed with the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advanced Studies Program, Bélanger teaches and coordinates graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, infrastructure, media and urbanism in the interrelated fields of design, communications, planning and engineering. Currently completing two core manuscripts on infrastructure and urbanism, Landscape Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015) and Landscape of Defense (MIT Press, 2015), his work has been recognized by…
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