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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…

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Events

PennDesign 2015 Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer IPD Lecture: Richard Saul Wurman

2015 Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer IPD Lecture: Richard Saul Wurman Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 06:30pm Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery 210 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA Richard Saul Wurman 2015 Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer Integrated Product Design Lecture Monday, February 2 | 6:30PM Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery Registration is encouraged. To register, please click here.

PennDesign Lecture: Antoine Picon

Antoine Picon Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 06:30pm Lower Gallery 102 Meyerson Hall 210 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the GSD. He teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture and technology. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. His French Architects and Engineers in the Age of Enlightenment (1988; English translation, 1992) is a synthetic study of the disciplinary "deep structures" of…

PennDesign Lecture - Laurie Olin

Laurie Olin Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 06:00pm Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery The Annual Ian L. McHarg Lecture Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today.  From vision to realization, he has guided many of the Olin Studio's signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington DC to Bryant Park in New York City.  His recent projects include the new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland. Laurie studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at…

PennDesign Lecture: Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 06:30pm Lower Gallery 102 Meyerson Hall 210 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have practiced in New York City as Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. since 1986.  Jesse Reiser is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University, and currently serves as the Director of Graduate.  Nanako Umemoto is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and leads a yearly design workshop at Hong Kong University.  Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C., an internationally recognized architectural firm, has built projects at a…

PennDesign Lecture: Kelly Shannon - New Urban Natures: Blue and Green for Belgium and Vietnam

Kelly Shannon Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 06:00pm Meyerson Hall, B3 Kelly Shannon, Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Southern California presents, “New Urban Natures: Blue and Green for Belgium and Vietnam.”

PennDesign Lecture - Susan Macdonald - Conserving Modern Heritage

Susan Macdonald - Conserving Modern Heritage Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 06:00pm Room B-3, Meyerson Hall 'Somewhere Between History and Current Events: Conserving Modern Heritage'  Susan Macdonald Head of Field Projects Getty Conservation Institute 

PennDesign: Simulating Natures

This symposium explores how recent forms of media influence our understanding and formation of landscapes. We will examine the substantial changes that have occurred within the digital realm over the last decade, focusing in particular on the development of computationally enabled imaging and modeling. How can we better engage the “invisibles”—biotic and abiotic interactions and flows—that exist outside of our creation but nevertheless can only be understood through our systems of representation? This symposium considers emerging methods and vocabularies that engage this question, and looks to our allied fields—engineering, ecology, art and architecture—for points of convergence, and also to challenge our…

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…
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