Design With Nature Now: Exhibitions

21 Jun - 15 Sep 2019
Various Locations


Design With Nature Now, H+N+S, Landscape Architects, Room for the River at Nijmegen, 2016, bird’s-eye view. Photo courtesy of H+N+S, Landscape Architects.

Taking as its point of departure Ian McHarg's landmark book Design With Nature (1969), University of Pennsylvania School of Design’s Design With Nature Now comprises three exhibitions and related programs focused on expanding the public’s understanding of the dynamic and visionary approaches to ecological design underway around the world. A noted landscape architect and University of Pennsylvania professor, McHarg argued in his book that cities and their entire infrastructures should be planned in accordance with how the landscape functions as an ecosystem: design with, not against, the way nature works.

  • Design With Nature Now: Five Themes, 25 Projects
    Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery, 210 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    This exhibition documents 25 projects in which cities and regions are being designed with nature and landscape-related issues in mind.
  • Laurel McSherry: A Book of Days
    Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    A multimedia installation by landscape architect and visual artist Laurel McSherry, A Book of Days is designed to inspire visitors to think about their everyday landscapes in new and thoughtful ways.
  • The Landscape Architecture of Ian McHarg
    Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives, 220 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Drawing from extensive archival holdings in PennDesign’s Architectural Archives, this exhibition tells the story of McHarg’s life and work.