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 Lecture: Giancarlo Mazzanti: "Architecture as a Mechanism of Social Integration"

Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery Giancarlo Mazzanti is a Colombian architect based in Bogota. Mazzanti was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1963. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the Pontifical University in Javeriana, Bogotá (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) in 1987. He received a graduate degree in history and theory of architecture and industrial design from the University of Florence, Italy in 1991. Mazzanti's work includes Biblioteca Parque España, León de Greiff Library (Bibliotheca La Ladera) in Medellín, Gerardo Molina College, Restaurant Nazca, Habitar 72, Habitar 74 and the Medellin Coliseum (for IX South American Games) . The won the Sustainable Architecture…

PennDesign Lecture - The Future of Urban America: The View from the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute

The Future of Urban America: The View from the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 06:00pm Meyerson Hall, B3 Please join us for a conversation on the future of American cities and suburbs with Rolf Pendall of the Urban Institute and Robert Puentes of the Brookings Institution.  Pendall and Puentes are two of the leading urban policy researchers and commentators in the country today, and are both actively involved shaping future federal infrastructure, poverty, and housing policies.  Among the topics the questions they will address:  When and where will household incomes start rising again?  Is gentrification…

PennDesign Lecture - Kutan Ayata and Michael Young: "Drawings, Objects, Buildings"

Kutan Ayata and Michael Young: "Drawings, Objects, Buildings" Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 06:30pm Meyerson Hall, B1 Young & Ayata formed a partnership in New York in 2008 to explore novel formal and organizational possibilities in architecture and urbanism. The practice is dedicated to both built commissions and experimental research. We view the reality of contemporary building as a provocation to the progression of experiments in form, material and technology. In following these contemporary trajectories it is necessary to understand architecture in its historical processes, beyond the specifics of built construction, towards an engagement with cultural issues that influence and are influenced…

PennDesign Lecture - Reinier de Graaf: "Recent Work, AMO"

Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including the new G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), the 'Stadskantoor' (City Hall) under construction in Rotterdam, the Tors Torn residential tower in Stockholm, and the Commonwealth Institute (under construction) in London. In 2002, he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO's increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea,…

SOSNA Economic Development Meeting

The Economic Development group meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street.  Come join neighbors to discuss our economic development planning efforts. The Economic Development team works to stimulate appropriate economic growth in our neighborhood, including marketing of the neighborhood, activating vacant commercial spaces, and more.
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