Here's what's on tap this week:
Monday, February 4, 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Architecture in Film, hosted by John DeFazio, architect and Associate Professor at Drexel University, continues this month with Aelita, Queen Of Mars, Yakov Protazanov’s 1924 film showing a futuristic vision from the past. $10 donation requested at the door.
Wednesday, February 6, 6-7:30pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th Street. Richard Saul Wurman (a Penn Architecture grad) has designed and published 83 books on wildly diverse topics - from city guides to health care - and in 1984 he founded the TED conference. Free, register online.
Thursday, February 7, 6pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery, 201 South 34th Street. Join Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and John King, urban design writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, for a conversation about the future of urban design. Free.
Friday, February 8, 8am-5pm. Penn Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street. What does public space mean in the 21st century, particularly when considered in contexts where free speech is not a protected right. Protests, politics, public space, global media, aesthetics, and claiming space all come to the fore at this one-day symposium focused on the Arab world, presented by the Annenberg School for Communication and the Iran Media Program. Free, full program here.