Impact
Culture & Heritage

Culture & Heritage

Art and architecture can activate public spaces and influence how we encounter and understand our world. We have an opportunity--as a culture, as a university--to confront past failures: missed opportunities to recognize and represent our shared heritage, on a monumental scale.

We’re generating new approaches to recognizing our shared cultural heritage--not only by preserving the past. PennDesign is leading approaches into how historic sites are interpreted, while also producing innovative research that serves as a gauge of how we can protect built environments from climate change.

We can provide new contexts and commentary on our lives--look for new ways to interpret history--to reckon with how it is “made”--and inform how we can move forward together.