PennDesign Now: 2010
PennDesign/Now puts into print what cannot be captured on paper. The events, words, images, provocations, propositions, actions and experiences of a thriving school, an inventive place of learning, in a great urban research university, in a city of legacy and promise, are recorded here as a prompt to memory and an impetus toward action. While much of the year is documented in photographs, PennDesign/Now also preserves the words that stirred our souls or, in some cases, invaded our calm. Curator Barry Bergdoll spoke of architecture rather than architects, City Council member Peter Brown underlined the role of cities in creating wealth for all, and Professor David Leatherbarrow talked about sense and non-sense in design. Landscape architect Laurie Olin was, as always, our voice for the quality of beauty. At PennDesign we believe in the power and artistry of design and in the importance of design to the policies, investments, and public will of the future. This is PennDesign Now.