PennDesign earned a $300,000 project grant for Design With Nature Now, a trio of public exhibitions scheduled to go on view in the summer of 2019. Ken Lum, professor and chair of the department of fine arts, and David Hartt, assistant professor of fine arts, received Pew fellowships of $75,000.
Organized by The Ian L. McHarg Center and the Architectural Archives at PennDesign in collaboration with the Ross Gallery, Design With Nature Now comprises three parallel exhibitions and related programs focused on expanding the public’s understanding of ecological approaches to design first championed by legendary environmental planner Ian L. McHarg, emeritus professor of landscape architecture and regional planning at Penn, and author of Design With Nature (1969). The Design With Nature Now exhibitions will complement an international conference at PennDesign and forthcoming publication from The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Working across mediums, Mr. Lum explores the formation of individual and societal identities as they are expressed within the context of public space. Mr. Lum is planning a project on memory and history using decorative mirrors traditionally found in Chinese restaurants.
Mr. Hartt’s multidisciplinary work considers the history of social and cultural ideals in relation to the built environment. Mr. Hartt was also commissioned by the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation, which received a $300,000 project grant from the Pew Center, to create a site-responsive, multimedia installation at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, offering new ways to experience and interpret the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed National Historic Landmark.