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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Drones That Build and Repair Structures While Flying
Small drone 3D printing a column of material
Assistant Professor of Architecture Robert Stuart-Smith is part of a multinational team that has developed a swarm of bee-inspired drones that can collectively 3D print material while in flight, allowing unbounded manufacturing for building and repairing structures. “It is exciting research with potential to impact the way we build in hard-to-access, dangerous, or at challenging height location areas, like tall buildings and bridges,” says Stuart-Smith. Their work is the subject of a new article in Nature.
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At the Intersection of Biodiversity, Climate Risk, and Urban Growth
As world leaders gather this week at the UN General Assembly, climate is high on the agenda. In a new partnership with UN-Habitat, the UN’s agency for human settlements, The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology’s Fellow for Risk and Resilience Matthijs Bouw, who is also a professor of practice in landscape architecture, and Co-Executive Director Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, have identified the points of conflict between climate risks, biodiversity, and urban growth in three of the world’s poorest cities to help local leaders plan safer futures for their human and non-human inhabitants.
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Q&A: Ken Lum on the Paradoxical Interpretations of His Work
Installation view of the exhibition
This month, breakout New York gallery Magenta Plains opened a solo exhibition of new work by Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor, chair of fine arts, and chief curatorial advisor at Monument Lab. In an interview, Lum, who has dual American and Canadian citizenship, talks about the works on view, the ways his work has been received in different countries, and the experience of finding himself at the center of a public-art controversy in Canada. “Public art should stoke conversation, including a range of interpretations,” Lum says.
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“A Conversation with Rashida Ng” (audio)
The first of a two-part interview with Ng, Presidential Associate Professor of Architecture and chair of undergraduate architecture
Open Plan Podcast

“A Neighborhood Revival in the Northeast”
Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP’17), research fellow at Weitzman’s Center for Architectural Conservation, describes the history and changes in Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood
Hidden City

“Opportunities and Challenges in the Inflation Reduction Act”
An op-ed from Nicholaus Rohleder, editorial team for the Energy Policy Now podcast at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
CPCRS Dialogues
Bryan C. Lee, Jr.
Wednesday, September 28, 5:00pm | Online
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Designing for Higher Ground
Mikyoung Kim
Thursday, September 29, 6:00pm | Kleinman Energy Forum, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Michael Schnuerle
Thursday, September 29, 8:00pm | Online
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We Don’t Need the Technofuturistic Utopia: Bypassing Transport Consumerism
Peter Norton
Monday, October 3, 6:00pm | Meyerson Hall, B03, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Hometowns Project 2022
A collaborative installation of text and images from the Weitzman community
Ongoing | Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Protecting Our Food Systems and Urban and Coastal Communities as the Climate Changes
With Eugénie Birch, Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, and Shelley Welton, a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law and Energy Policy affiliated with the Kleinman Center, organized by Penn Alumni
Tuesday, September 27, 12:00pm | Online
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Natural World
A collaborative exhibition of work by Associate Professor of Fine Arts David Hartt and artist John Edmonds
Opening Friday, September 30 | Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Energy Insecurity and the COVID-19 Pandemic
A talk by Sanya Carley, moderated by Shelley Welton, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law and Energy Policy, organized by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
Tuesday, October 4, 12:00pm | Kleinman Energy Forum, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This event will also be livestreamed
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