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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Delmelle and Fabricius Join Weitzman Faculty
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Weitzman welcomes geographer and geographic information scientist Elizabeth Delmelle and architectural historian and theorist Daniela Fabricius to the standing faculty. Delmelle is an associate professor of city and regional planning who will direct the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program; her research centers on processes of neighborhood change, urban inequality, and urban transportation. Fabricius is an assistant professor of architecture whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the political, intellectual, and aesthetic histories of 20th-century architecture and urbanism.
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Matero Appointed Gonick Family Professor
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Thanks to a gift from Dawn Gonick (MSHP’94) and Brian Gonick (W’86), the chair of Weitzman’s historic preservation program, Frank Matero, has been named the Gonick Family Professor, the first endowed professorship in the program. “A gift of this magnitude is immense for its recognition of historic preservation as a field of study that has joined its rightful place among older, more established departments within the Weitzman School of Design,” says Matero.
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Supporting Emerging Leaders in Kennett Square
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This spring, PennPraxis, the center for applied research, outreach, and practice at Weitzman, helped launch a new program for emerging leaders in Kennett Square. Created in partnership with the Square Roots Collective, an organization that supports nonprofit and small-business entrepreneurs in the area, this is just the latest in a series of programs and partnerships PennPraxis has taken on in that area. “The goal of the program was to invite new voices and leadership into the spaces and conversations that affect the public realm, policies, and amenities in the communities in which they live,” says Julie Donofrio, PennPraxis’s managing director.
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Docomomo Brings Students of Modernism to Philly
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Weitzman recently hosted the 2022 Docomomo US National Symposium “Yo! Modernism! The View from Philadelphia,” which attracted scholars, students, professionals and community members involved in documenting and conserving the heritage of the Modern Movement. The programming included a tour of Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Research Laboratories, which were carefully renovated earlier this century to support state-of-the-art medical research. “We thought it was exciting to be led through those buildings by the teams who saw a bright future for those buildings and made the necessary changes to adapt to current needs with sensitivity,” says Bill Whitaker, curator of the Architectural Archives.
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Bringing Nature’s Healing Effects Indoors
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A team from Penn’s Center for Neuroaesthetics led by Professor of Neurology Anjan Chaterjee created a biophilic room that shows promise for nature-inspired designs to improve cognition and mood. The team included recent alum Ellie Garside (MArch’22), who had been looking for a way to combine her interests in neuroscience and architecture.
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Net-Zero Nevada: From Pledge to Action
In the path to net zero, states face challenges unique to their local geography and resources. A case study from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy explores four custom pathways for Nevada.
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Defining Symbiosis (video)
Richard Weller, professor and chair of landscape architecture, and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, gave the keynote address at the recent European Association for Landscape Ecology 2022 European Landscape Ecology Conference.
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National Trust Awards to Help Preserve Black History
In July 19, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded $3 million in grants to 33 sites and organizations through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The Fund is directed by Brent Leggs, who is an adjunct associate professor in historic preservation and senior advisor at the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites.
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In June, Fritz Steiner, dean and Paley Professor, visited Alaska for the second time. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest from 1977 to 1987, he took the Alaska State Ferry up the Inside Passage in 1979 and always wanted to return. In a Q&A, Steiner shares some real-time impressions of touring the Alaskan coast by boat with family members.
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“Design Dialogues No. 56 with Winka Dubbeldam and Dror Benshetrit”
Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and chair of architecture, discusses the future of environmentally conscious design.
Surface (July 15, 2022)

“Is Climate Map Showing U.S. Submerged Underwater by 2052 Real?”
A series of maps produced by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology showing the projected effects of climate change in the United States was used by Newsweek to combat misinformation on social media.
Newsweek (July 12, 2022)

“Embodied Knowledge”
In an interview, Ani Liu, professor of practice of fine arts, describes the connections between art and science in her work. 
Bomb (July 15, 2022)

“All Rise”
Weitzman’s Director of Justice and Belonging Matt Kenyatta weighs in on the new statue of civil rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune officially replacing a statue of a Confederate general in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall.
“A More Perfect Union" (July 17, 2022)

“26 Stunning University Libraries Around the World You Need to See”
Penn’s Fisher Fine Arts Library tops the list of the most beautiful college libraries
Architectural Digest (July 18, 2022)

“Could Wyoming supply the US with rare earth elements?”
Oscar Serpell, associate director of academic programming and student engagement at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, discusses the national security risks of US reliance on rare earths from China.
Independent Record (July 18, 2022)

“Out on the town: Is it time to enliven Lehigh Valley nightlife?”
PennPraxis researcher Michael Fichman describes his work to help create Philadelphia’s Office of Night Time Economy.
WLVR Lehigh Valley (July 22, 2022)

“The promise and compromise of Senate Democrats’ climate change legislation”
Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, questions some of the compromises that were made in the $433 billion dollar package to address climate change.
Marketplace (July 29, 2022)

“In Conversation”
In an interview, Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, talks about the roles of place, occupation, work, and migration in his work.
The Brooklyn Rail (July 2022)

“Penn partners with West Philly High to give it a new ‘front porch’ and teach students about careers”
This summer, West Philadelphia High students, under the guidance of Weitzman students, conceived of, designed, and built an outdoor recreational area on the school’s campus.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (August 4, 2022)

“Baroque Topologies”
New methods of analysis and representation applied to Baroque architecture by Andrew Saunders, associate professor of architecture and director of the Master of Architecture program, reveal its formal and spatial complexity.
Antagonismos (Summer 2022)
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MFA Class of 2022 Satellite Exhibition
Through August 20 | EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York
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Hometowns Project 2022
A collaborative installation of text and images from the Weitzman community
Ongoing | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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, Pennsylvania
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Managing the Climate Crisis: Designing and Building for Floods, Heat, Drought, and Wildfire
An online talk with Jonathan Barnett, emeritus professor of practice in city and regional planning, and Matthijs Bouw, professor of practice in landscape architecture, organized by Smart Growth
Tuesday, August 23, 1:00pm ET | Online
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