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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Historian and Migration Scholar Sarah Lopez to Join Faculty
Sarah Lopez
Weitzman welcomes built environment historian and migration scholar Sarah Lopez to the standing faculty in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and she will also teach in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Lopez studies the intersections of migration, ordinary landscapes, urbanism, and spatial justice, and she will teach courses for Weitzman’s new Initiative on the History of the Built Environment.
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Introductions: Rashida Ng, Presidential Associate Professor of Architecture
Rashida Ng meeting with two students outdoors
This semester Rashida Ng (MArch’01) returned to her alma mater as Presidential Associate Professor of Architecture. In July, she will become chair of the undergraduate architecture program. In an interview, Ng talks about her exploration of urban housing and new materials—and why this is a watershed moment for both the profession of architecture and architecture education. “We’re never going to solve climate change if we need the Tesla version of a building, or a house, to do it.” Ng says.
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Excerpt: Noam Chomsky in ‘LA+’
A spread of two pages from LA+ journal
In the just-released issue of LA+, the interdisciplinary landscape architectural journal of the Weitzman School, Noam Chomsky, the doyen of international green socialism, talks with Nicholas Pevzner, assistant professor of landscape architecture, about his new book and the role that design plays in the public sphere. “A holistic approach is necessary—one that introduces effective social justice measures alongside the reconstruction of life, so that it’s oriented toward a meaningful, decent life,” Chomsky says.
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Graduate Architecture Students Chosen for Metropolis Future 100
Rendering of a complex, multi-level building
Six of the 19 top students from across the US and Canada recognized by Metropolis magazine in the Graduate Architecture category are candidates for the 2022 Master of Architecture degree at Weitzman: Dongqi Chen, Umar Mahmood, Danny Ortega, Dario Sabidussi, Peik Shelton, and Yuxuan Xiong. Chen, for example, is interested in architecture’s capacity to build resilience, community, and a sustainable future. (Image: Dongqi Chen)
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The new Pressing Matters book
'Pressing Matters X'
The latest issue of the annual publication documenting the work of students and faculty in the graduate programs in the Department of Architecture is now available. In the introduction, Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and chair of architecture, comments on “a year of reflection and change, after several waves of the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and newly developed hybrid teaching methods.”
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A group of students stand around a long table looking at a very long drawing
Students look on as Bill Whitaker, the curator and collections manager at the Architectural Archives, unfurls an artifact from the Louis Kahn Collection. The group is taking the course Inside the Archive, offered by the School of Arts & Sciences. It is one of the many groups from across campus and the community that utilize the Archives. (via Penn Today)
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The Hometowns Project: Call for Contributions (Deadline Extended)
To celebrate the cultural diversity of our community, Weitzman students, faculty, and staff are invited to share one or two images from their hometown. The pictures will be printed and displayed on the walls throughout the Weitzman buildings by end of this Spring term, to coincide with the Year End Show and throughout the summer. For any questions, email: Ariel Genadt at arge@upenn.eduUpload your images and captions by April 14 (extended deadline).
“Future of the American City: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi”
On the Harvard University Graduate School of Design podcast, Marion Weiss, Graham Professor of Practice in Architecture and cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI, joins her partner Michael Manfredi, to discuss their practice and their work on the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles.
Future of the American City (March 25, 2022)

“Adapting and transforming our coastal environments”
A review of A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy, co-edited by Billy Fleming, the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology
Landscape Australia (March 29, 2022)

“Forget the 50 states. These scholars argue that America should be broken up into 13 regions”
A review of Megaregions and America’s Future, the new book from Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner with Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning Robert Yaro, and Ming Zhang, of the University of Texas at Austin
Fast Company (April 5, 2022)
“One of my investments as an artist and a person is to pursue an ongoing question about the pleasures and risks of allowing oneself to feel like an object.”
Artist Gordon Hall on the interactions between his sculptural work and the performances that activate them
Fine Arts Lecture: Gordon Hall (March 24, 2022)

“I think we need to reexamine what authenticity without originality could be.”
Ferda Kolatan, associate professor of architecture, at an event where the faculty of the Department of Architecture presented their ideas and research in 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary for each
Architecture Faculty PechaKucha (March 30, 2022)

“One of his talents, as a historian, is to discern, applaud, and recognize inventive work and its antecedents.”
John Dixon Hunt, professor emeritus of landscape architecture, on the writings of David Leatherbarrow, professor emeritus of architecture
A Celebration of David Leatherbarrow (March 31, 2022)

“An out-of-the-blue invention, such as what Aalto made, seemingly all about the lakes in Finland and the unbounded space, is really an answer back to Borromini and the effort to make freedom within restriction.”
John Tuomey, founding director of O'Donnell+Tuomey, on the links between Alvar Aalto’s Savoy Vase and Francesco Borromini’s San Carlino church in Rome
The Cunningham Lecture: John Tuomey (March 31, 2022)
Every Ocean Hughes
Sachs Visiting Professor Lecture
Every Ocean Hughes
Monday, April 11, 6:00pm | In person; Arts Lounge at the Annenberg, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Lucia Allais
The Protective Image
Lucia Allais
Wednesday, April 13, 12:00pm | In person; Kleinman Energy Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Jamal Batts
Deterritorializing the Flesh: HIV/AIDS and Black Queer Aesthetics
Jamal Batts
Thursday, April 14, 6:00pm | In person; Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Hitoshi Abe
March 11th, 2011 . . . Community and Architecture
Hitoshi Abe
Co-sponsored by Penn’s Center for East Asian Studies
Monday, April 18, 6:30pm | In person; Meyerson Hall, B01, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Angel David Nieces
A Dialogue with Ángel David Nieves
Monday, April 18, 12:00pm | Online
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A brightly lit building spans a river
Building in China: A Century of Dialogues on Modern Architecture
A two-part exhibition tracing the country’s shifting design practices over a century
Through Friday, April 22 | In person; Fisher Fine Arts Library and Architectural Archives, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Alumni Reception at the American Planning Association Conference
Sunday, May 1, 6:00pm | In person; Half Door Brewing Company, 903 Island Avenue, San Diego, California
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Drawing of the stairs of Weitzman Plaza
A Celebration of Stuart Weitzman Plaza
During Alumni Weekend 2022
Friday, May 13, 5:00pm | In person; 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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