TERRAIN 2 - Symposium at PENNDESIGN: April 9, 2012

On Monday April 9th, 2012, from 3-7  , PennDesign is hosting an afternoon of conversations pursuing the themes and questions raised during the Terrain of Water symposium of 2011. Participants will include Anna Heringer, Dilip da Cunha, Anuradha Mathur, Liat Margolis, Antje Stokman, James Timberlake, and others. 




TERRAIN 1 - Symposium at PENNDESIGN: April 1 – 2, 2011

Conversations and presentations organized around:

design ACTIVISM / ADVOCACY in the Terrain of Water
design STRUCTURE / INFRASTRUCTURE in the Terrain of Water
design IMAGING / IMAGININGin the Terrain of Water
in the Terrain of Water

The symposium was structured around a series of dialogues, exhibits, workshops and talks, enlisting contemporary thinkers who are willing to go beyond addressing water simply as a design opportunity or an environmental challenge. Participants came from across disciplines and the globe – joined in their intentions to re-imagine our relationship with water, challenge current visualizations, and probe projects and design thinking that constitute water, its visible and invisible presences, in fresh ways.

Participants included: Teng Chye Khoo, executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities; film-maker Peter Hutton; UNESCO consultant, Pietro Laureano; Diébédo Francis Kéré, winner of the 2009 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture; Ila Berman, architect and founding director of New Orleans URBANBuild; landscape architects Kongjian Yu, Anne Whiston Spirn, Elizabeth Mossop, and Tilman Latz; biologist and applied ecologist John Todd; and many others.

Student Work Conversation at PENNDESIGN: March 31, 2 - 4:30pm

design RESEARCH / PEDAGOGYin the Terrain of Water

In the week leading up to the symposium, PennDesign mounted an exhibition of current student work and hosted an afternoon session on research and pedagogy.

Exhibition at PENNDESIGN: March 28 – April 4, 2011
design IMAGING / IMAGINING in the Terrain of Water

A gallery exhibit coordinated with the symposium featured drawings and other works by Paul Cret, Jacques Gréber, Louis I. Kahn, Ian L. McHarg, Lawrence Halprin, Anne Spirn, James Corner and Alex S. MacLean, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, Laurie Olin, Karen M'Closkey and Keith VanDerSys, Valerio Morabito and Jenny Sabin.

Gallery Talk + Reception at PENNDESIGN: Friday, April 1, 4 – 6pm

design IMAGING / IMAGINING in the Terrain of Water

This exhibit provided an opportunity to ask questions and draw connections between these works and our current issues, challenges, and aspirations. We explored a number of themes including observation, notation, and appropriation -- as well as the ways in which these practices inform and transform design.

Conversations included David Brownlee, Charles Waldheim, Anne Whiston Spirn, Alison Hirsch, and others.

Terrain of Water Team_
director _ ANURADHA MATHUR  co-director / organizer _ CATHERINE BONIER
exhibition coordinator / designer _ YADIEL RIVERA DIAZ  symposium coordinator _ DIANE PRINGLE
symposium assistant _ MICHELLE LIN  exhibition assistant _ JESSICA BALL
student exhibition assistants _ LAURA LO + NICOLA MCELROY

Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor, David Leatherbarrow, Dilip da Cunha, William Whitaker

graphic + web design _ Karl Peters, DIE Creative  video editor _ Ryan Ritchey, R Cubed Networks
symposium photograph _ Wei Chen  exhibition event photographer _ Barrett Doherty