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The Weitzman School: A Celebration of Design

October 3, 2019

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The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design will host a public celebration on Thursday, October 3, 2019 to highlight the School’s new name, honor Penn philanthropist and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman (Wharton Class of 1963) and explore the role of design in addressing urgent social issues.

Learn more here and register here

1:00 – 2:00 pm  
Panel I
Balancing Acts: The Interplay of Design, Technology and the Natural World

 
A dramatically cantilevered building for nanoscience. A green ribbon of park on an abandoned rail line. Iconic product design. When beauty meets efficiency, everyone wins.  Learn from experts how the intentionality of our built environment influences – and sometimes determines – the way we live.
 
Moderator: 
Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Panelists: 
James Corner, Founder and Director, James Corner Field Operations, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, Weitzman School
Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean, School of Design and Creative Technologies, University of Texas
Marion Weiss, Cofounder, WEISS/MANFREDI and Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, Weitzman School
 
Location:
Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
 
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Panel II
Whom Do We Honor…and How? Exploring the Meaning of Memorials

 
From statues of generals…to portraits of presidents…to vivid murals on the walls of urban row houses.  Who decides who “rates” a permanent public likeness—and who remains overlooked and underappreciated?  Join the conversation on this nuanced and emotional topic with a panel of experts.
 
Moderator: 
Lisa Servon, Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and Chair of the City and Regional Planning Department, Weitzman School
 
Panelists:
Christian Benimana, Senior Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design
Sharon Hayes, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Weitzman School
Randall Mason, Associate Professor, Historic Preservation, Weitzman School
 
Location:
Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
 

3:30 – 4:45 pm
Keynote Program hosted by President Amy Gutmann and featuring author and Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger
The Critic Weighs In: A Conversation About Design, Architecture, Landscape and Planning.

 
Location:
Irvine Auditorium
University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
 
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Naming Ceremony with President Amy Gutmann, Dean Frederick Steiner, and Stuart Weitzman

 
Location:
Weitzman Plaza outside of Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
 
And Curated Exhibition of Student Work
 
Location:
Lower and Upper Galleries, Meyerson Hall
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
 
For more information and registration, please visit www.design.upenn.edu/celebration.

Organizer

University of Pennsylvania
Phone:
1 (215) 898-5000

Venue

Weitzman School of Design
102 Meyerson Hall 210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Phone:
215.898.2539
Website:
https://www.design.upenn.edu/