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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Travel and the Middle Class
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With the rise in inflation, the cost of interstate travel has skyrocketed. How long will travel continue to be sustainable for the middle class? Megan Ryerson, the UPS Chair of Transportation and associate dean for research at Weitzman, is looking for more options. “We need an intercity transportation strategy focused on equitable access,” she says.
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Q&A: Michael Fichman on Nighttime Economies
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In July, the City of Philadelphia joined a handful of US cities in appointing a “night mayor” with the selection of Raheem Manning to serve as director of the nighttime economy and business development. The appointment grew out of a sustained effort by Michael Fichman, a research associate at PennPraxis who teaches in the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics Program, to champion nighttime cities internationally. “Wherever you go, there are people working, sleeping, moving, eating and whatever else—all day and all night,” Fichman says.
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Excerpt: Barnett and Bouw on Designing and Building for Climate Change
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In a new book, Managing the Climate Crisis, Jonathan Barnett, professor of practice emeritus in city and regional planning, and Matthijs Bouw, professor of practice in landscape architecture, offer a roadmap for addressing the inevitable and growing threats from climate change using constructed and nature-based design and engineering and ordinary government programs. In an excerpt, the authors make 11 broad recommendations for physical measures and policies, including making future climate factors part of all infrastructure decisions.
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Solar Projects and Farmland
Farmland is attractive for utility-scale solar because of the large land parcels needed. A study from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, authored by Crossways Professor Tom Daniels and alum Hannah Wagner (MCP’22) suggests that state and local governments need to adopt zoning ordinances that are clear about what is required to build a utility-scale solar system and where the systems can be built.
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Landscape Architecture Student Appointed Olmsted Scholar
Master of Landscape Architecture student Rohan Lewis is among the 2022 Olmsted Scholars, as recently announced by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Now in its fifteenth year, the Program honors students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.
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Fleming Named Visiting Professor at Yale
Bill Fleming, the Wilks Family Director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, has been appointed the Diana Balmori Visiting Professor at the Yale Architecture.
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Kenyatta Joins Built Environment Fellows from Across the US
Matt Kenyatta, Director of Justice and Belonging (JxB) at Weitzman, has been appointed a fellow of the Deans’ Equity and Inclusion Initiative, a multi-institution professional development program for BIPOC and underrepresented early-career faculty members.
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“Data Informed Analysis in Nighttime Governance” (audio)
Michael Fichman, a research associate at PennPraxis, shares research on trends in Philadelphia’s nighttime safety
Responsible Hospitality Institute (July 2022)

“This Connecticut Home Renovation Mixes the Old and New”
Alum Sarah Jefferys (MArch’96) discusses one of her projects, which combined a traditional cottage with a modern addition
The Wall Street Journal (July 12, 2022)

“Ken Lum: 'I think there is a huge disconnect in the art world'”
Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, talks about his career on the occasion of his exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Ocula Magazine (July 20, 2022)

“Opinion: President Biden — Let’s Get Philadelphia Moving Already”
Jay Arzu, a PhD student in city and regional planning, discusses the potential of extending Philadelphia’s subway system into the northeast section of the city.
Streetsblog USA (August 8, 2022)

“People’s Kitchen is latest community garden threatened by sheriff sale”
Kenny Chiu, a Master of City Planning student and the agricultural manager of People’s Kitchen, discusses the importance of the garden as a community resource
PlanPhilly (August 12, 2022)

“Major preservation work progresses at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and Taliesin West”
A team of historic preservation students are helping to protect Wright’s summer studio
The Architect’s Newspaper (August 16, 2022)

“Revised FDR Park plan includes more nature, no golf”
Alum Charles Neer (MLA’99), a senior associate at WRT, shares the firm’s plans for the redesign of FDR Park in South Philadelphia
PlanPhilly (August 18, 2022)

“Chicago Monuments Project Advisory Committee Releases Chicago Monuments Project Final Report”
Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, comments on the ambitious new Chicago Monuments Project
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (August 19, 2022)

“Ask a Ranger: The hand of the original builder: Wupatki Pueblo”
Frank Matero, Gonick Family Professor and chair of historic preservation, explains efforts to stabilize walls of Wupatki Pueblo against destructive natural forces
Arizona Daily Sun (August 25, 2022)
Designing Landscape Architectural Education: Studio Ecologies for Unpredictable Futures (Routledge, 2022)
A collection of essays with contributions by Sean Burkholder, the Andrew Gordon Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, and Billy Fleming, the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology

“Envisioning Health, Safety, and Welfare for All: Retrospect and Prospect” (Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, 2022)
An article by Fritz Steiner, dean and Paley Professor

“How can the USA and China cooperate and learn from each other to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?” (Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 2022)
An article by Tom Daniels, Crossways Professor

Miracles in Concrete: Structural Engineer August Komendant (Birkhauser, 2022)
With an introduction by William Whitaker, curator and collections manager, Architectural Archives
Contextualizing Concepts
Bernard Tschumi
Wednesday, August 31, 6:30pm | Plaza Gallery, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
This event will also be livestreamed
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Opening Reception for Lawrence Shprintz: A Work in Progress
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Thursday, September 1, 4:00pm | Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Charles Addams Hall, 200 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
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View of the exhibition
Hometowns Project 2022
A collaborative installation of text and images from the Weitzman community
Ongoing | Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
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IAEA Philly 2022
Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, gives the keynote address at the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics annual conference
Wednesday, August 31 | Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia
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