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Wiley to Lead Civil Rights Initiative
Amber Wiley
Amber Wiley, an award-winning architectural and urban historian whose teaching and research center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities, will join Weitzman as Presidential Associate Professor and the inaugural Matt and Erika Nord Director of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS). “As we re-examine the multitude of ways people have fought against oppression in this country, and understand how these stories and battles are embedded within the built environment, CPCRS can be instrumental,” Wiley says.
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Made in Philly: Balancing Recreation and Ecology at FDR Park
Charles Neer posing in front of a lake
FDR is one of the biggest parks in Philadelphia, and a 2019 master plan for the park by the firm WRT called for a sweeping reconsideration of its various recreational uses and ecological functions. Today, a team that includes several Weitzman alums is working closely on the evolving park plan. “We are trying to maximize the ecological, social, and economic benefits for everything that we do here,” says Charles Neer (MLA’99), a senior associate at WRT and board member at Weitzman’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.
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Pandemic Bike-Share Boom
A person riding a bike on a city street
Reliable transportation is crucial for reaching basic necessities like employment, education, and health care, but racial and economic factors often create barriers to transportation access. A new study from Josh Davidson, a PhD candidate in city and regional planning, under the guidance of Weitzman faculty member Megan Ryerson (pictured), reports an increase in trip duration for all bike-share users across Philadelphia, challenging the assumption that low-income populations are less likely to use such services. Expanding bike-share service “has an enormous amount of potential to make a lot of people’s lives a lot better,” Davidson says.
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Saudi Arabia Confronts Its Oil Dependence (audio)
On the latest episode of Energy Policy Now, the podcast from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, David Rundell, former chief of mission at the American Embassy in Saudi Arabia, explores the kingdom’s effort to end its dependence on oil revenue.
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Research Grants for Weitzman Faculty
Two Weitzman faculty members were awarded grants from Penn’s University Research Foundation. Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning Allison Lassiter received support for her project Can Smart Water Technologies Contribute to Equitable Adaptation of Drinking Water Systems to Seawater Intrusion? And Assistant Professor of Architecture Laia Mogas-Soldevila received support for Large-Scale Biomaterial Architectures.
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Weitzman Students Appointed Penn PhD Fellows
The recipients in the 2022 cohort of Presidential PhD Fellows at Penn include two Weitzman students: Yining Lei and Tiffany Tran. They both will receive a three-year fellowship, including funds to support their research.
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Detail of an architectural model made of ceramics and artificial plants
Detail of an architectural model made by Dongjun Wang and Xinhui Zhang for Nate Hume's Advanced Architectural Design (MSD-AAD) Summer 2022 Fabrication Studio (via Instagram)
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Bernard Tschumi lecturing from a podium
Contextualizing Concepts
Bernard Tschumi
Recorded August 31, 2022
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“As red states send migrants to blue states, sanctuary cities are crucial”
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Domenic Vitiello argues that a very old concept remains a key part of navigating American’s dysfunctional immigration system.
The Washington Post

“Then and Again”
The subject of three major exhibitions in 2022 alone, the Marilyn Jordan Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts talks about his aims and tactics as an artist.
Whitehot Magazine

“How Anni Liu is Brilliantly Disguising Her Art as Science”
With her work about to go on view at four museums in the US and abroad, the Weitzman professor of practice talks about her path to art making.
Just Urban Design: The Struggle for a Public City (MIT Press, 2022)
A collection of essays including a contribution by Matt Kenyatta, director of justice and belonging

The Routledge Companion to Ecological Design Thinking: Healthful Ecotopian Visions for Architecture and Urbanism (Routledge, 2022)
A collection of essays including a contribution by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner

“Fostering Diverse Perspectives on Planning and Zoning Boards”
An article by Christine Quattro, PhD student in city and regional planning, in the latest issue of Zoning Practice

The Philadelphia School and the Future of Architecture (Routledge, 2022)
A history of the School from 1951–1965 by alum John Lobell (BA’63, MArch’65, MArch’66)
Sara Bronin
The Equity Payoff of the National Zoning Atlas
Sara Bronin
Monday, September 19, 6:00pm | Meyerson Hall, B03, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Black and white photo of a busy street in Japan
Lawrence Shprintz: A Work in Progress
On view through Monday, September 19 | Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Charles Addams Hall, 200 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Anna Dyson
The Abend Family Lecture
Anna Dyson
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30pm | Meyerson Hall, Plaza Gallery, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
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Fallon Samuels Aidoo
When Patrons of Center City Preservation Branch Out: Allies & Adversaries in Adaptive Reuse
Fallon Samuels Aidoo
Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm | Online
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Rania Ghosn
The Geographic Imagination
Rania Ghosn
Thursday, September 22, 6:00pm | Kleinman Center Energy Forum, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
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Installation 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, Pennsylvania
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Cocktails & Conversation: Winka Dubbeldam with Michael Kimmelman
A public conversation with Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and chair of architecture
Friday, September 23, 6:30pm | Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, New York
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Ken Lum
A solo exhibition of work by Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts
Through Saturday, October 22 | Magenta Plains, 149 Canal Street, New York, New York
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Correction: A caption in the September 12 issue incorrectly identified Bernard Tschumi as French. He is Swiss.
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