The Ian McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Arthur Ross Gallery, and the Weitzman School of Design, present exhibits and related events through September 15 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ian McHarg’s landmark work, Design With Nature (1969). See mcharg.upenn.edu/now
Design With Nature Now: Five Themes, 25 Projects at Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery, gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday noon to 5 p.m. This exhibit which takes as its point of departure his book, is a global survey of ecological design in the 21st century. Design With Nature Now surveys 25 dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape architecture around the world, takes visitors to Professor McHarg’s Glasgow in a series of abstract meditations on place and time, and traces the development of his ecological approach to design. Themes: Big Wilds, Urban Futures, Rising Tides, Fresh Waters, Toxic Lands. A Curators Talk with KarenM’Closkey and Richard Weller on Designing Natures will be in Meyerson B-1 at 6:30 p.m. on August 28.
Laurel McSherry: A Book of Days at the Arthur Ross Gallery, in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building, gallery hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Laurel McSherry: A Book of Days is conceived to inspire visitors to think about their everyday landscapes in new and thoughtful ways; it is meditations on place and time in Scotland. This site-specific installation by the landscape architect and visual artist, takes as its subject the Clyde River Valley in Scotland, Professor McHarg’s childhood home. Professor McHarg’s experiences in the landscapes there inform the very personal narrative which is central to Design With Nature. A Book of Days brings that experience to life through a series of installations using the mediums of video, etchings and sculpture. On August 7 and September 4 at noon, there will be a 12@12 gallery talk there. An Artist Talk and Reception will be held on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. at ARG.
Ian McHarg: The House We Live In at Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives, gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Draws from extensive archival holdings in the Weitzman School of Design’s Architectural Archives to locate the foundations of Design With Nature in the 1950s and challenge some critics’ perception that Professor McHarg was uninterested in design and aloof to the subtleties of human experience. It brings a new emphasis to his early teaching, the activism it inspired among his students and followers, and the tools he created to redefine the parameters of design to be more attuned to the natural processes that form our ever-changing landscapes.