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  • First President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners | PennDesign
    Partners Eugenie Birch Lawrence C Nussdorf Professor of Urban Education Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and co director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners GAP a special initiative of the United Nation s World Urban Campaign Birch was elected at the GAP s inaugural meeting held in Nairobi Kenya in mid April The General Assembly of Partners is a new global initiative that will play an important role in the preparation process for the United Nation s Habitat III conference the world s premier conference addressing urban issues to be held in Quito Ecuador in October 2016 Through a process of engaging groups of diverse of stakeholders including city policymakers organized groups of women academics indigenous peoples foundations farmers and the media GAP will seek to identify and address new and emerging urban challenges in advance of the Habitat III conference In her role as GAP s president Birch with the help of the United Nations Division of Economic and Social Affairs Major Group Programme Manager is launching a wide ranging engagement effort to bring together members from the 14 major

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/blog/post/eugenie-birch-elected-first-president-un%E2%80%99s-general-assembly-partners (2015-10-17)
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  • The Origins of Earth Day | PennDesign
    Earth Day began at PennDesign April 22nd 1970 was the culmination of a week of related events celebrating emergent environmental consciousness conceived and organized by students in what was then the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania The catalyst for the socio political phenomenon of Earth Day was NASA imagery of the whole earth in space made public due to clever lobbying by Stuart Brand and

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/blog/post/origins-earth-day (2015-10-17)
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  • Folly 2015 Winner: Torqueing Spheres | PennDesign
    Posted Mar 19 2015 5 06pm Folly 2015 Winner Torqueing Spheres by PennDesign s Simon Kim IK Studio The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park have announced the selection of Torqueing Spheres a project by PennDesign s Simon Kim together with his partner Mariana Ibañez of IK Studio as the winner of Folly 2015 Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept a straight line with complex spherical pods which become deep self supporting chambers to create experiences for both the collective and the individual To construct the voluminous curves of Torqueing Spheres IK Studio has implemented a material technique that uses a cost effective method of bending plywood while maintaining a system of control and delivery By blending folly formalism with innovative material techniques IK Studio plays off of traditional architectural geometries to create new construction spaces that allow for exploration Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League launched the annual Folly Program in 2012 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture Through an annual juried competition the program creates an opportunity for emerging architects and designers to build a project in an urban public realm Torqueing Spheres will open to the public on May 17 2015 For

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/blog/post/folly-2015-winner-torqueing-spheres (2015-10-17)
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  • Penn Wharton China Center opens in Beijing | PennDesign
    Share via Email PennDesign Blog Posted Mar 10 2015 5 27pm Penn Wharton China Center opens in Beijing Global Reach Beijing China The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing China The establishment of the Center is an important expansion of Penn s engagement with China which began in 1896 when the first Chinese student enrolled at Penn The Center will serve as a valuable resource and vibrant gathering place enhancing learning and research opportunities to the benefit of Penn s faculty students alumni and friends in China Through its consulting programs it will also support Chinese executives and others in acquiring the practical skills and perspective that will help them successfully lead their organizations in a global context Professor of Architecture Ali Rahim and Historic Preservation Chair and Director of PennPraxis Randall Mason joined Dean Taylor for the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center They will be joined by Richard Weller Chair of Landscape Architecture on March 13th to launch the Penn China Landscape Symposium a series of biennial events to be held at the Center For more information read the

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/blog/post/penn-wharton-china-center-opens-beijing (2015-10-17)
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  • PennDesign Blog | PennDesign
    Promoted to Full Professor link Congratulations Professor Braham link We are very pleased to share a bit of warm and very welcome news Bill Braham Associate Professor of Architecture Director of the Master of Environmental Building Design degree and Director of the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies has been promoted to Full Professor Read More Posted Feb 24 2015 9 36am link PlanPhilly finds new home at WHYY NewsWorks link PlanPhilly Graduates link PennDesign is pleased to announce that PlanPhilly Philadelphia s highly regarded digital news organization covering planning design and development will be moving from its original home within PennPraxis to WHYY NewsWorks effective this month Read More Posted Feb 17 2015 4 24pm link The 2015 Power Down Challenge link Energize the future link PennDesign is once again participating in Green Campus Partnership s 2015 Power Down Challenge and we re defending our winning title from last year Read More Posted Feb 8 2015 2 52pm Julian Francis Abele 1881 1950 B S in Architecture 1902 Photo courtesy of University Archives Digital Image Collection link Overcoming obstacles with pioneering work link Remembering Julian Abele Class of 1902 link During his career Julian Abele the first black graduate of the University of Pennsylvania s School of Architecture designed buildings that millions of people visit every year Among the 250 works are the Philadelphia Museum of Art the Free Library of Philadelphia The Land and Title Building and many of the English Gothic and Georgian buildings on the campus of Duke University in North Carolina Read More Posted Feb 8 2015 12 01am In Memorium Terry Adkins Today is the anniversary of the death of our beloved colleague friend mentor and talented artist Terry Adkins who left this world too soon at the age of 60 Read More Posted Feb 5 2015 1 35pm Meet our first robotic painting student Ever wonder about the diversity of students who use the painting studio in Fine Arts each year Well RHex is our first Robotic Student Watch RHex create a masterpiece with a little help from his handlers at Penn Engineering From IEEE My editor once said that RHex the super strong and nimble hexapod is the honey badger of robots But RHex is not just all brawn It turns out the robot has an artistic side as well Read More Posted Jan 29 2015 1 44pm link Creative Speculations for Philadelphia link Monument Lab link After months of intense planning and work Monument Lab Creative Speculations for Philadelphia just launched their website http monumentlab com monument lab is a public art and urban research project taking place at Philadelphia City Hall in Spring 2015 asking a central guiding question What is the appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia Read More Posted Jan 16 2015 9 02am Cirkits is a sewable DIY electronics kit for children designed to inspire a new generation of makers and learners link Inspiring a new generation of makers link Cirkits Kickstarter

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/penndesign-blog?page=2 (2015-10-17)
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  • eCrafting Circles | PennDesign
    an online community and local group that brings together expertise from learning sciences digital media design computer science and informal science education eCrafting Circles integrate engineering and technology into science education using e textiles to catalyze online creative collectives Support Work Like This Explore Cross Disciplinary Connections xLAB Experience Design Technology Lab Research Detail Interdisciplinary Programs This is the first book to address future informal settlements at the global scale

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/fine-arts/graduate/research/ecrafting-circles (2015-10-17)
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  • Airline Fuel Loading: Existing Airline Practices and Future Federal Regulations | PennDesign
    co affiliated with the City and Regional Planning Department School of Design and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering School of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr Mark Hansen from UC Berkeley are investigating changes in FAA policy regarding airline discretionary fuel loads Upon establishing the cost to carry discretionary fuel her research will focus on the structure and the impact of new federal regulations on discretionary fuel Should the FAA set limits on the quantity of discretionary fuel that can be loaded How would airlines adopt such limits Funded by the FAA with support from the Kleinman Center Dr Megan Ryerson co affiliated with the City and Regional Planning Department School of Design and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering School of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr Mark Hansen from UC Berkeley are investigating changes in FAA policy regarding airline discretionary fuel loads Upon establishing the cost to carry discretionary fuel her research will focus on the structure and the impact of new federal regulations on discretionary fuel Should the FAA set limits on the quantity of discretionary fuel that can be loaded How would airlines adopt such limits Support Work Like This Explore Cross Disciplinary

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/kleinman-center-energy-policy/work/airline-fuel-loading-existing-airline-practices-and-future (2015-10-17)
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  • Dead Space II, St. Louis Cemetery No.2, New Orleans | PennDesign
    New Orleans have long fascinated visitors to the city since in the early 19th century Today after 200 years as the city s earliest surviving burial grounds St Louis Cemetery No 1 1789 and the slightly later and larger St Louis Cemetery No 2 1823 remain popular historic sites to increasing numbers of visitors to the French Quarter DeadSpace II surveys over 1 180 tombs and wall vaults in the three squares of St Louis Cemetery No 2 Central to the project is the use of digital technologies such as Geographic Information Systems GIS as a descriptive analytical and communication tool to better map and analyze a broad range of research questions from the evolution of the site and its distinctive tomb types over time to a survey of condition and risk assessment This project examines the development of the blocks around these two cemeteries to better understand the evolving urban context that witnessed the simultaneous development of the Faubourg Tremé and later Storyville and Iberville Housing Project Read the fact sheet here Support Work Like This Explore Cross Disciplinary Connections LARP 701 Studio V van Eyck Al Doha Grand Park Doha Qatar Studio Highlights Work Detail Landscape Architecture Lower

    Original URL path: http://www.design.upenn.edu/historic-preservation/work/dead-space-ii-st-louis-cemetery-no1-new-orleans (2015-10-17)
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