The Penn Institute for Urban Research develops knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places. It builds essential collaborations among scholars, policy-makers and designers, both on and off the University of Pennsylvania's campus. Since 2006, the Institute has published 28 titles in its "City in the Twenty-First Century" series, including Revitalizing America's Cities and Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities.
This project will pose the question: What does a 21st-century urban monument look like? The centerpiece of this exploration, overseen by curators A. Will Brown, Paul Farber, and Ken Lum, will be a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins, to be installed in City Hall's central courtyard in the spring of 2015. Adkins' monument addresses the traumatic wave of Philadelphia school closings that occurred in 2013. A Center City storefront "lab" also located at City Hall, which also opens in the spring of 2015, will serve as project headquarters, where participating artists, curators and Philadelphia citizens will brainstorm and instigate ideas for the appropriate monument for contemporary Philadelphia. This project will precede a planned Philadelphia monuments festival, to take place in 2017.
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