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Design Weekly
05.02.22
News from the Weitzman School of Design
FEATURED NEWS
The Future of Forests
A map of the world showing Weller's World Park proposal
With a warming climate, trees face an onslaught of changes—heat, drought, fire, flood, pests, and disease. How will they respond? With World Park, Richard Weller, who is professor and chair of landscape architecture, Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, and co-executive director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, proposes three trails spanning the globe that would provide space for plants and animals to migrate as climate change alters their habitats. “You need really big planetary scale initiatives, but you also need sensitivity to the very local, very specific, almost forensic attention to the detail of biodiversity and a diverse world of species and people and culture,” Weller says.
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Distinguished Faculty Honored
Composite of three headshots
Three faculty members at Weitzman received 2022 G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards, which recognize distinguished teaching and innovation in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting. The honorees include Richard Farley (MArch’73), adjunct professor of architecture; Elizabeth Lovett, lecturer in undergraduate architecture; and Akira Drake Rodriguez, assistant professor of city and regional planning. The awards, based on student nominations, are given annually in honor of G. Holmes Perkins, an architect and longtime faculty member who was dean from 1951–1971.
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NEWS
Simone Leigh's Brick House sculpture outside of Meyerson Hall
Representation in Art at Penn
Recent efforts across Penn’s campus have aimed to diversify those honored in portraits hanging in Penn buildings and rethink how to approach representation through art. Penn’s Campus Iconography Group (CIG), which first convened in 2020, was charged with considering these issues, particularly when it came to works of art that were considered to conflict with Penn’s values. That group, co-chaired by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner, developed frameworks that lay out criteria for removing such artworks from campus grounds, as well as a set of guidelines for new acquisitions.
 
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Composite of headshots of Verna and Wills
2022 Graduate Leadership Awards
Two Weitzman students are among the graduating students honored by the University for their service to graduate student life at Penn this year. Mrinalini Verma (left), who earned a Master of Science in Design: Environmental Building Design and Master of Landscape Architecture in December, and Corey Wills, a candidate for the Master of City Planning degree, earned the President & Provost's Honor for Developing New Initiatives in Graduate & Professional Student Life for their work as founders of Penn RainWorks.
 
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Martin Rein-Cano
LA+ Jurors
LA+, the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture based at Weitzman, has announced the jurors for its fourth international design competition, LA+ Interruption, which asks aspiring and established designers and creatives to select an established place and then design a beneficial “interruption” for it. The jurors include Martin Rein-Cano (pictured), founder and creative director of the award-winning Berlin-based design firm TOPOTEK 1, and Mark Raggatt, a director of the Australian design firm ARM Architecture, which is currently working on the Sydney Opera House Renewal project.
 
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A map of the world with locations connected by lines
A Global Green New Deal
A new initiative, Field Notes Toward an Internationalist Green New Deal, spearheaded by a number of Weitzman and Penn alums, will focus on “scholarship, organizing, contestation, and struggle in the fight for a globally-just Green New Deal.” Organized by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, PennPraxis, and the Climate+Community Project, the initiative asks “what it might mean for the rest of the world if the US realizes an ecomodernist vision for the energy transition—and what other kinds of worlds might be possible through different visions?"
 
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A tall modern urban house with a complex trellis facade
512 GW, a residence designed by Archi-Tectonics, the architecture firm founded in 1994 by Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and chair of architecture, received a Design Award from American Institute of Architects, New York. The building was commended for its trellis-like climate skin, parts of which fold up to regulate internal temperatures. The new Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, the firm co-founded by Marion Weiss, Graham Professor of Practice in Architecture, also received an award.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Three topographical maps
“Like Steve Jobs, who did not invent smartphones or desktop computers but got the whole world to use them, McHarg got the world to use overlay mapping as a way of thinking about data and applying it to design and planning.”
Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner on McHarg’s innovative approach to visualization (from Representing Landscapes: One Hundred Years of Visual Communication)

“As an architect, he always had a pencil or charcoal in his hand. If he wasn’t asleep on a boat, train, or plane, he drew.”
Sue Ann Kahn on how her father, renowned architect and former faculty member Louis Kahn, was never not drawing (from The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn)

“Sharing the excitement and the palpable exhilaration that come from uncovering new information about the past is one of the joys of practicing archaeology.”
PennPraxis Researcher Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP’17) on recent archaeological endeavors in Philadelphia (via Hidden City)

"The carbon footprint of a party isn't just about how the headliner got there, it's about how all the people got there and how much energy they consume and how many materials get wasted at the event.”
Michael Fichman, researcher at PennPraxis and interim director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program at Weitzman, weighs in on the challenges of touring sustainably in an industry resistant to radical change (via Resident Advisor)
RECENT WEITZMAN EVENTS (VIDEO)
“It’s really hard for the local community to actually think about the future.”
Hitoshi Abe, professor of architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, on the devastating impact of the 2011 earthquake in Japan
March 11th, 2011 ... Community and Architecture (April 18, 2022)

“Those of us who love the city of Havana are both pained by the deterioration of the city, but also hoping for a better future, with a better preservation ethic.”
Belmont Freeman, founding principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, on the prospects of preserving the architectural splendor of Havana
Cuban Modernism and Challenges for Preservation (April 7, 2022)
 
OPPORTUNITIES
ACADIA 2022 Submissions Now Open
The annual Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference, hosted by Weitzman’s Department of Architecture in October, is accepting submissions for technical and work-in-progress papers through Wednesday, May 25.
 
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WEITZMAN EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING LECTURE
Typological Drift: Emerging Cities in China
An online lecture organized in partnership with the Penn Wharton China Center and moderate by Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Zhongjie Lin
Saturday, May 7, 8:00am | Online
 
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Year End Show
Friday, May 13–Sunday, June 5 | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(A virtual gallery will also go live on May 13)
 
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FEATURED EVENTS
An Entrepreneurial Journey on the Road Less Traveled
With Stuart Weitzman, member of the Weitzman Board of Advisors. Organized by Cornell University
Thursday, May 5, 5:15pm | In person; Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, 116 Reservoir Avenue, Ithaca, New York
 
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Et in Arcadia Ego
A solo exhibition of work by Associate Professor of Fine Arts David Nolan
Through Friday, June 3 | In person; David Nolan Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, New York
 
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Terra 2022 World Congress on Earthen Architecture
Organized by Weitzman, Getty Conservation Institute, National Park Service. With Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of historic preservation
Tuesday, June 7–Friday, June 10 | In person; Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
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