THE PEN RESOLUTION
Urban designers from around the world gathered in Pennsylvania to contemplate how to educate planners of future sustainable settlements, in an era of global warming, declining energy supplies, and ever larger cities. They were attending a symposium, Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil. The synopsium attendees contributed to The Penn Resolution: Educating Urban Designers for Post-Carbon Cities, a much-needed blueprint to guide urban design education for the 21st century.
by The University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
“We are not going to be able to operate space ship earth sucessfully or for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common, it has to be everybody or nobody.”
"Designing a dream city is easy, rebuilding a living one takes imagination"
"Design education needs revamping – especially archietcture and especially the design studio, the backbone of most programs. The introductory studio project is still a small simple building (which is fine), free standing (which is not as fine) typically on an abstracted or open site. I think it would be better to start architectural design education with a small simple building on an urban infill site, this is literally a figure\ground reversal – less figure, more ground, putting the city first and the building second sends the right message. Later studios need to creatively focus on real problems rather than on invented problems and creativity for it’s own sake."
Douglas S Kelbaugh
"The conditions are no longer what they were, and we have to radically rethink our basic premises, our missions and our visions.”
David Leatherbarrow, Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
“We should think of urban design and landscape as an art of survival.“ Kongjian Yu, Dean, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University; Founder and President, Turenscape
“What on earth does (moving to an ecological age) mean in high-income countries like the United States? It means city retrofitting, it means literally changing every street, every building, the way people live, changing the culture, and reconnecting urban and rural resource flows, something we’ve completely forgotten about."
Peter Head, Global Leader of Planning and Project Director of Eco-City Master Planning, Arup; Commissioner, London Sustainable Development Commission
“Some may quibble over the timing, but it is clear that we are headed toward a global disaster. But the conversation about changes in governance, economics, social norms, and daily life that must be made to avoid the worst of what lies ahead is only beginning. In short, the level of public awareness and policy discussion does not yet match the gravity of the situation described by scientists. The prevailing assumption is that we can adopt better tecnhologies like hybrid cars, solar collecters, and compact fluorescent lights and change little else. Indeed, we will need all the technological ingenuity that we can muster, but the science indicates a much more precarious situation and the need for deeper changes that will require substantial alterations in our manner of living.”
David W.Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College.