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Design for Earth’s “Other” Species
LA+ CREATURE, the latest international design competition from LA+, the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture published at the Weitzman School, challenged designers to open our cities, our landscapes, and our minds to a more symbiotic existence with non-human creatures. From a total of 258 “weird and wonderful” designs, as one juror described them, five winners and 10 honorable mentions were named this week.
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Barton Myers Collection Grows
Barton Myers (MArch’64), the designer of numerous high-profile cultural institutions whose Toro Canyon House (pictured) pioneered the use of industrial off-the-shelf industrial components in residential design, has donated an important collection of records from his early career to Penn. Of the Architectural Archives’ holdings, Myers says, “[They] really give you a chance to see what it was like to be an architect, what forces you’re dealing with, and how one functions in a certain time and context.”
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Reflecting on Brick House
Weitzman faculty and alums reflect on artist Simone Leigh’s monumental sculpture Brick House, which was recently installed on Penn’s campus just outside of Meyerson Hall. Matthew Miller, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of City and Regional Planning, borrows from The Commodores song that shares its name with the sculpture when he calls it “mighty mighty in its physical details and the story it performs for multiple audiences in our civic environment.” Miller is joined by Sharon Hayes, professor of fine arts; Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts; and Tamara Suber, administrator, Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.
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The Exploding Growth of China’s New Cities
Last month, as part of the Penn in China Faculty Speaker Series, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Zhongjie Lin shared highlights from his research on urbanization in China. Lin, along with leading scholars from China, described the rapid creation of hundreds of new towns and urban conglomerations, often with problematic consequences. “The plans of new cities have always been largely pristine and featureless, yet the process and reality are always messier,” Lin said.
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Counting on Georgia
The latest Energy Policy Now podcast from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy features regulatory experts Bethany Davis Noll and Richard Revesz on Georgia’s runoff Senate election and the degree to which President-Elect Joe Biden may be able to count on the Senate’s support in enacting his energy platform.
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Creating a Healthy Carbon Credit Market
A new report from the Kleinman Center, written by Giridhar Sankar, a student at the Wharton School, unpacks the complex logistics related to carbon offsets. “To ensure supply-side improvements, organizations will have to sharpen their carbon credit certification process in order to avoid the mistakes of the past, requiring government cooperation and increased capital provided per ton of carbon,” Sankar writes.
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Renewable Energy and American Farmers
The energy footprint of the American agricultural industry is considerable. But, in a report from Anuj Krishnamurthy, a research assistant at the Kleinman Center, it can be seen that renewable energy systems have demonstrated benefits to farmers in terms of their profitability, sales, income streams, and commercial resilience.
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New Resilience Plan for Boston’s Downtown and North End
ONE, the design and planning firm led by Matthijs Bouw, who is an associate professor of practice in landscape architecture and architecture and the McHarg Center Fellow for Risk and Resilience, has just published a series of resilience strategies for Boston’s waterfront. Developed in partnership with Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Kleinfelder, Arcadis, and Woods Hole Group, ONE is proposing a dynamic, future-forward adaptation of the city’s downtown, with a particular focus on ensuring the long-term viability of the maritime character and operationality of the waterfront.
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Words of Love and Protest (Audio)
On a recent episode of the UCLA Arts podcast Works in Progress, Professor of Fine Arts Sharon Hayes discusses the form love takes in the personal, private, public and political spheres. “I dug back into gay liberation and, in some ways, what I found I knew, but it also surprised me. Love functioned as a political tool for the liberationists.”
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New Landscapes in Process
Landscapes in Process 24 surveys the work of landscape architecture students during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Professor and Chair Richard Weller notes that in response to the complex realities of the past year, “all the creative work produced by students and faculty is ever more accountable in terms of social and environmental justice.”
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Defining the Farm of the Future
For this fall’s the Farm of the Future symposium, PennPraxis and Penn Vet brought together innovative farmers and other experts to advance more humane, sustainable practices in agriculture. An online video library includes more than 30 talks and Q&A sessions, which explored such topics as food systems, biodiversity, carbon, water, waste, and innovative and regenerative practices.
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Exploring Water on its Own Terms
Wetness is Everywhere, Why Do We See Water Somewhere?, a multimedia work by Anuradha Mathur, professor of landscape architecture, and Dilip da Cunha, is being presented in Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth, an exhibition organized by the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany. Combining text, drawing, photography, and video, the work poetically and scientifically charts hydrologic cycles.
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A Homecoming for Kahn’s Barge
A concert barge designed by legendary professor Louis Kahn, which was the subject of a 2017 exhibition at the Architectural Archives, could be installed on the Delaware River waterfront. The barge, which features a hydraulic band shell that projects musical sound toward an onshore audience, would be used for concerts and other cultural events (via The Philadelphia Inquirer).
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Weitzman Architecture (@weitzman_arch) continues to showcase work in progress from each of the 22 studios in the Master of Architecture program. The second-year studios are taking on the theme of Public Common Space. “Public Commons has become a term used for shared, equitable access to resources such as air, oceans and wildlife as well as to social creations such as libraries, public spaces, scientific research etc. Public Common Space will be a catalyst to study the confluence of equity and inclusion through thoughtful inquiry,” explains Andrew Saunders, associate professor of architecture and the new director of the MArch program. Image: Work by Juli Petrillo.
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Final ARCH Studio Reviews (Livestream)
Watch the final reviews for fall studios live on Youtube
Through Friday, December 18
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CM2 Fall 2020 Exhibition
A virtual exhibition organized by Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions that includes a team led by Megan Ryerson, UPS chair of transportation, associate dean for research, and associate professor of city and regional planning and electrical and systems engineering
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