Become a H+U+D Student Research Award Recipient! Deadline April 17, 2017—

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The Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D), invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit research proposals for Academic Year 2016-17. Small grants will be awarded to support projects that align with the mission of the H+U+D project. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. The maximum award is $2,000. Allowable research expenses include travel, archival charges, and photography. A list of previous student award recipients is available here.

Application Instructions

The application should include

  • Research project proposal (maximum: 500 words)
  • Short itemized budget
  • Unofficial Penn transcript
  • Letter or recommendation from sponsoring faculty member
All application should be submitted through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).
 
Deadline:  April 17, 2017
Questions? Contact Eugenie Birch (elbirch@design.upenn.edu) or David Brownlee (dbrownle@sas.upenn.edu)

 

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Deadline Extended for City Seminar Proposals—

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The Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design (H+U+D) Initiative requests proposals for undergraduate city seminar courses and course development funds. Attached please find the full RFP that details the application process. 

Next year (2017-18) the initiative will sponsor two city seminars: one international and one domestic. Please see our website for descriptions of previous seminars here. The seminar should examine one city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way that incorporates both the humanities and design. Please consult HUD Course Development RFP for full application information. 

The deadline for proposals is April 21 , 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Mary Rocco at mrocc@design.upenn.edu. 

For questions, please contact Genie Birch at elbirch@design.upenn.edu or David Brownlee at dbrownle@sas.upenn.edu.

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H+U+D Colloquium Visits Jewish Museum in New York City—

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On Friday, February 3, members of the H+U+D Colloquium ventured to New York City’s Jewish Museum to view the first US exhibition to focus on French designer and architect, Pierre Chareau. The exhibition brought together many rarely-viewed works from both private and public collections. Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design  also addresses the designer’s life and work in the New York area, after he left Paris during the German occupation of the city, including the house he designed for Robert Motherwell in 1947 in East Hampton, Long Island. Together with his wife Dollie, Chareau was an active patron of the arts, and the exhibition reunites several pieces from their collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by significant artists such as Piet Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques Lipchitz, and Max Ernst. The exhibition utilizes virtual reality and video technologies to the present the design evolution of Chareau’s extraordinary Maison de Terre, the glass house completed in Paris 1932. The Colloquium met with Professor Esther da Costa Meyer, History of Modern Architecture, Princeton University, one of the show’s organizers to discuss the curatorial and design process of the exhibition.

The exhibition continues through March 26, 2017.

From left to right: Shiben Banerji, Esther da Costa Meyer, Nancy Davenport and Orkan Telhan

From left to right: Shiben Banerji, Esther da Costa Meyer, Nancy Davenport and Orkan Telhan

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H+U+D Annual Public Lecture Featuring Alan Greenberger—

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H+U+D Co-Directors David Brownlee  (left) and Eugenie Birch (right) with Alan (center)

H+U+D Co-Directors David Brownlee (left) and Eugenie Birch (right) with Alan (center)

This year’s H+U+D Annual Public Lecture featured Alan Greenberger discussing the work and legacy of his mentor, the renowned Italian-American architect and professor, Romaldo “Aldo” Giurgola.

Giurgola moved to Philadelphia in the late 1950s to teach at the University of Pennsylvania where he joined an influential group of architects called “The Philadelphia School” who pushed back against Modernist orthodoxies and as a result made Philadelphia a hotbed of design thinking and innovation in the 1960s.  Giurgola partnered with Ehrman B. Mitchell to form the firm Mitchell/Giurgola. They were responsible for many important projects built in Philadelphia in the run-up to the Bicentennial, including the Penn Mutual tower at 508 Walnut St., the United Way headquarters at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the original Liberty Bell Pavilion on Independence Mall. For 34 years, Greenberger was a practicing architect with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and its successor, MGA Partners, where he was the design lead on many award winning projects. Greenberger described his time at MGA and his relationship with Giurgola, his mentor and friend. The presentation featured a number of Giurgola’s designs and Greenberger discussed the commonalities among them as well as the need for design that works in context with its surroundings to enhance rather than detract.

 

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H+U+D Request for Proposals for City Seminars and Course Development Grants—

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The Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design (H+U+D) Initiative requests proposals for undergraduate city seminar courses and course development funds. 

Proposals should include

  • a one-page letter from the proposed instructor(s), laying out the general objectives of the course
  • a letter of support from the chair of an SAS undergraduate academic program or department
  • a short biographical sketch of each instructor
  • a sketch syllabus that includes the major topics to be considered, principal readings, the nature of the assigned work, and travel schedule
  • a one-page budget

Next year (2017-18) the initiative will sponsor two city seminars: one international and one domestic. Descriptions of f previous seminars can be found here. The seminar should examine one city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way that incorporates both the humanities and design. Click here for HUD Course Development RFP.

The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Mary Rocco at mrocc@design.upenn.edu. 

For questions, please contact Genie Birch at elbirch@design.upenn.edu or David Brownlee at dbrownle@sas.upenn.edu.

 

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Calling all Students Engaged in Urban Research!—

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The Mellon Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D) Initiative, invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit research proposals for Academic Year 2016-17. Small grants will be awarded to support projects that align with the mission of the H+U+D project.

Undergraduate Research

Small research grants will be awarded to support interdisciplinary design/humanities projects undertaken by undergraduates in conjunction with a course or faculty-supervised independent study. Eligible research must draw from both humanities and design disciplines. Examples of eligible projects include senior theses in Visual Studies and Urban Studies, ABCS projects, work in the Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium, and other kinds of interdisciplinary research. The maximum award is $2000 per proposal. Allowable research expenses include travel, archival charges, and photography.

Graduate Research

Small research grants will be awarded to support interdisciplinary design/humanities projects undertaken by graduate students in humanities and design disciplines that focus on the built environment. Eligible research must draw from both humanities and design disciplines. Examples of eligible work include master’s thesis projects, independent study projects, and doctoral dissertation research. The maximum award is $2000 per proposal. Allowable research expenses include travel, archival charges, and photography.

For examples of student projects from past cycles click here.

Applications should be submitted on or before April 17, 2017 through the CURF website.

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H+U+D Colloquium Member Celebrates the Preservation of America’s Oldest Surviving Quarantine Center—

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Lazaretto, photo credit: Conor Lucey, H+U+D Colloquium 2014-15

“This place is a treasure. I can’t believe that this place is still here,” said David Barnes, H+U+D Colloquium member, while walking around the perimeter a massive old brick mansion in a recent Newsworks interview. “There’s nothing like it anywhere in the country or in the world. People should be flocking here from all over just to see the site and learn about its history. And nobody knows it’s here!”

Barnes, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, documented the history- “stories of commerce and politics, suffering and death, medicine and caregiving, immigration and hope” of Philadelphia’s Lazaretto. His extensive research and writing contributed to preservation efforts on behalf of the site. H+U+D colloquium members (pictured here), led by Barnes, toured the Lazaretto in spring 2014.

Tinicum Township, where the Lazaretto is located, is set to begin preservation efforts after arriving an agreement with the Philadelphia airport that will bring dedicated revenue to the project.  If all goes as planned, the Lazaretto will be open to visitors in January of 2018.

 

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The H+U+D Colloquium in Year 4—

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H+U+D kicked off  its fourth year of programming on Friday, September 9 with the Fall semester’s first colloquium meeting. Over the past three years, the colloquium served as the centerpiece of the initiative’s efforts to integrate research and practice from the humanities and design disciplines around the study of cities. Colloquium members come from disciplines across the Penn campus. This year, four new and several returning faculty were accepted into the 2016-17 membership group. New members include: Andrew Saunders, Architecture; Nancy Steinhardt, East Asian Languages; Orkan Telhan, Fine Arts and Liliane Weissberg, Germanic Languages and Literatures. For the second year, the initiative is hosting two Mellon Junior Fellows in Humanities, Urbanism and Design. Shiben Banerji joins the initiative from the Art Institute of Chicago. He is appointed to the Department of History in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Anna Vallye is a historian of modern art and architecture. She is appointed to the Department of Architecture in the School of Design. More information on the H+U+D Colloquium membership.

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Now Accepting Applications for the H+U+D Colloquium- Deadline May 27, 2016—

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The Mellon H+U+D initiative at Penn is accepting proposal for new members to the H+U+D Colloquium. Attached please find the Request for Proposals. Please circulate to all humanities faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. The  Colloquium explores a range of topics at the intersection of design and the humanities. Colloquium members are appointed for two year terms and meet regularly over the course of each academic semester. Meetings highlight resources for the envisioned research, promote shared disciplinary contributions to the field, explore methodological differences and commonalities among disciplines. Resulting communities of interest, understanding and friendships will endure beyond the life of the program. Click here RFP.
The application should include:
• a one-page letter of interest
• CV
• research plan
Submit applications by May 27, 2016, to Mary Rocco, Project Manager at mrocc@design.upenn.edu. Questions? Contact Eugenie Birch (elbirch@design.upenn.edu) or David Brownlee (dbrownle@sas.upenn.edu)

 

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Designing the Future with Bruce Mau—

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On Monday, February 22, H+U+D Colloquium members participated in a special event hosted by Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR) and PennPraxis in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its exhibition, Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design (on view through April 3, 2016). At this event, Mau led Penn faculty and students in a workshop setting to apply new ways of thinking to long-standing urban challenges. He works in a field called geodesign, applying design principles to social, political, and urban problems. As part of the exhibition, Mau — who is based in Chicago — is leading three workshops with Philadelphia organizations, guiding them through his problem-solving method.

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