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April 12, 2017

Renowned artist Judy Pfaff in Residence at Tyler School of Art

Author: Ryan Hewlett

Pioneer inaugurated newly-endowed Jack Wolgin Annual Visiting Artists Program, worked with students Judy Pfaff, the influential multimedia artist who pioneered what is now known as “installation art,” was the first Jack Wolgin Annual Visiting Artist, a newly endowed program that was created by a gift from the late Philadelphia real estate developer, philanthropist and renowned patron of the arts. Each year, through the program a leading artist will come to campus to work directly with Tyler students for three to five days to take part in a wide variety of activities that will enrich the Tyler community, including visiting students in their studios and classes and presenting a public lecture. Read More

April 11, 2017

William Schwaller awarded Terra Grant

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

William Schwaller was awarded the 2017-8 International Research Travel Grant for U.S.-based Scholars from the Terra Foundation for American Art. His project is “Arte de Sistemas in Argentina and Beyond: Theories of Systems Esthetics and the Centro de Arte y Comunicación’s International Network.” The Terra Grant provides $6000 to support research travel; Will will be traveling to Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil. Read More

April 10, 2017

Evan Wise (CDEV '18) Recieves $4,000 Research Grant

Author: Tracy Purdy

Evan Wise (CDEV 18’) has been awarded a $4,000 research grant through the Diamond Research Scholars Program for the summer of 2017 to research accessibility and affordability of Uber and Lyft in low-income areas in Philadelphia. Evan is a former Diamond Peer Teacher for Urban Dynamics (Fall ’16), and knew he wanted to apply for the research award for this year, so began looking for a topic. Read More

April 10, 2017

Urban Acupuncture Collaborative Rejuvenates Surrounding Temple Neighborhoods

Author: Andrea Smith

Associate Professor of Architecture Sally Harrison and Associate Professor and chair of the Planning and Community Development Department Lynn Mandarano discuss their design collaborative, Urban Acupuncture, in the most recent edition of the Temple Magazine. Tyler’s Urban Acupuncture Workshop, which has been running since 2002, works with the community to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods. Harrison explains the purpose of Urban Acupuncture is to take small design steps that positively impact the community, which will help overtime rekindle the community’s improvement. The article focuses on two projects: The Village of Arts and Humanities near Germantown Avenue and Huntington Street, known as Digging Deeper, and a proposed pop-up marketplace bordered by Germantown and Susquehanna Avenues. Digging Deeper, completed in 2013, rejuvenated the site with colors, light, and continues to bring the community together through urban farming and education. Read More

March 31, 2017

Tactical Urbanism, Urban Acupuncture and Community Engagement

Author: Lynn Mandarano

The Winter 2017 issue of Temple Magazine includes an artlcle highlighting recent community-service learning courses and funded projects led by Architecture and Environmental Design faculty and students.  Since 2013, Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor and Chair, has been working with the community development corporation just to the east of Temple's Main campus.  In partnership with Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) students in the undergraduate Community Development workshop (Spring 2015) developed a Green Neighbohood Toolkit and coordinated a one-day tactical urbanism project during which 40 residents volunteered to paint shipping pallets. The pallets were then planted with sedum to create a living green fence around a vacant lot at 6th and Diamond.  These activites were made possible by a $60,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant. Read More

March 29, 2017

Tyler alumnus builds podium for ‘Saturday Night Live’

Author: Ryan Hewlett

Michael Latini, TYL ’01, co-founded the Montgomery County production company that built the podium Melissa McCarthy used in her portrayal of Sean Spicer. Michael Latini, TYL ’01, sees the world a little differently than everyone else. An old door in the trash becomes a vintage-inspired table in Latini’s studio. Scrap cardboard boxes transform into mini sets for short films. And a podium gets wheels to becomes a battering ram on Saturday Night Live. SNL commissioned Monkey Boys Productions, a Wyncote-based production and entertainment company co-founded by Latini and Marc Petrosino, to build the podium Melissa McCarthy, playing White House press secretary Sean Spicer, has used in sketches on a few recent episodes. Read More

March 20, 2017

Temple Alum Prepares to Speak at This Year's Midwest University Conference

Author: Andrea Smith

CAD Technology Center’s conference, Midwest University, is being held in Prior Lake, Minnesota this March. During the conference, there are over 90 sessions and demonstrations introducing new technologies, new Autodesk features, and techniques that will benefit building and infrastructure firms. This year’s conference focuses on where the industry is heading, with an emphasis on architecture, engineering, and civil infrastructure. Alec Higinbotham, M. Arch ’12, is one of the participating speakers at this year’s Midwest University Conference, discussing his experience with developing firm-wide Revit content, resources, documentation, and training materials with Array Architects. Read More

March 10, 2017

Town Hall meeting at the ICA: Art HIstory Activism

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

The Town Hall meeting, "Art HIstory Activism" was held at the ICA on March 6, 2017.  The meeting was organized by Maeve Coudrelle (ABD, Art HIstory), who serves as the Asst. Director of ASR Project.  Brittany Webb (pictured), (Anthropology) is pictured speaking during the meeting. Read More


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