Design With Nature Now will highlight dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape design and development in the face of climate change and urbanization.


Taking as its point of departure the landmark book Design With Nature (1969) by Ian McHarg, the project comprises three parallel exhibitions supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, an anthology published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, and a major international conference featuring leading design thinkers and practitioners from around the globe.

This two-day conference will open on June 21 with a keynote discussion between Ursula Heise and Erle Ellis, followed by an opening reception in the Design with Nature Now exhibition--which documents 25 built and unbuilt projects exemplifying what it means to design with nature, now. There, visitors can explore projects like Room for the River (H+N+S), Freshkills Park (JCFO), and New Urban Ground (dlandstudio + ARO).

The event will continue on June 22 with panel discussions involving James Corner, Anne Whiston Spirn, Nina-Marie Lister, Rob Holmes, and many others. It promises to be a singular event for anyone involved in design, climate change, and planning.

Getting Here

The University of Pennsilvania
236 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery
210 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Questions & Answers

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