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Contributors are fully tax deductible. To help support via, contact us at [email protected]. via publications and events are fully indebted to the support of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, PennDesign Student Council, the Center for Architecture, and AIA-NY.

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Here's a short review of DIRT, courtesy of Architect Magazine.
11/30/2012
Book: 'Dirt' - Books - Architect Magazine

Here's a short review of DIRT, courtesy of Architect Magazine.

A team of landscape architects wants to change your perception of dirt as "icky" through essays, interviews, and illustrations that explore the positive potential of the soiled substance.

Dirt, along with other MIT Press books, are now 31% off on Fab.
08/09/2012
Fab.com | Dirt, at 31% off!

Dirt, along with other MIT Press books, are now 31% off on Fab.

Dirt encompasses a selection of essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that presents its namesake not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, and a narrative. Rooted from the landscape architect's perspective, the book regards dirt not as grimy but as endlessly giving, fertile, adap...

We made friends with other dirt enthusiasts at yesterday's Talking Dirty symposium.
06/10/2012

We made friends with other dirt enthusiasts at yesterday's Talking Dirty symposium.

Timeline Photos
06/10/2012

Timeline Photos

Join us today at the Museum of Arts and Design. Our editors Lily Jencks and Helene Furján will be part of a panel discus...
06/09/2012
Talking Dirty | madmuseum.org

Join us today at the Museum of Arts and Design. Our editors Lily Jencks and Helene Furján will be part of a panel discussion exploring the artistic potential of dust, ashes, and dirt.

In keeping with the Museum's belief that the value of a work of art is never in its materials, but in its creativity, we invite you to join us for two panel talks exploring the artistic potential of dust, ashes, and dirt. Panelists will include a multidisciplinary group of specialists as varied as d...

Dirt | New York Book Launch
05/30/2012

Dirt | New York Book Launch

Here are a few pictures from the New York book launch of DIRT. Thanks again to the Van Alen Institute for hosting the ev...
05/26/2012

Here are a few pictures from the New York book launch of DIRT. Thanks again to the Van Alen Institute for hosting the event!

Last night, May 24 was a full house at Van Alen Books for the New York Launch of Dirt, a new publication from PennDesign's viaBooks.

Join us at Van Alen Books tonight for the New York Launch of Dirt.  The weather is looking fantastic!
05/24/2012

Join us at Van Alen Books tonight for the New York Launch of Dirt. The weather is looking fantastic!

One of world's dirtiest, most polluted city to combat smog with graffiti. What a brilliant and dirty idea?!
04/20/2012
Manila tries 'purifying paint'

One of world's dirtiest, most polluted city to combat smog with graffiti. What a brilliant and dirty idea?!

In the Philippines capital, Manila, which is one of the most polluted cities in the world, a paint which it is claimed can purify the air is being used.

Dirt, front and center, at the Harvard Book Store.
04/11/2012

Dirt, front and center, at the Harvard Book Store.

Take a look at The MIT Press books on display in our front window this sunny but wintery day.

Lily Jencks, an editor of viaBooks's most recent publication DIRT (co-published by PennDesign and The MIT Press), is fea...
04/09/2012
Lily Jencks

Lily Jencks, an editor of viaBooks's most recent publication DIRT (co-published by PennDesign and The MIT Press), is featured in a short interview in the Wall Street Journal!!! DIRT gets a brief mention too!

The rising young star of landscape design on low-fuss plants, Chinese gardens and her mother's extraordinary legacy.

Dirt is listed on Amazon's Featured Coffee Table Books. We are amongst some interesting company. To name a few: Archie a...
04/05/2012
Amazon.com: Featured Coffee Table Books

Dirt is listed on Amazon's Featured Coffee Table Books. We are amongst some interesting company. To name a few: Archie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Coffee table books in Arts & Photography

Dirt Philadelphia Launch Party
03/17/2012

Dirt Philadelphia Launch Party

Timeline Photos
03/16/2012

Timeline Photos

Philadelphia & Chicago Book Launch
03/10/2012
Philadelphia & Chicago Book Launch

Philadelphia & Chicago Book Launch

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Design is pleased to announce the release of Dirt (MIT Press, March 2012), the latest installment from the student-edited and student-managed publication entity viaPublications.

Via Publications's cover photo
03/01/2012

Via Publications's cover photo

Another sighting of Dirt! At the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown under the "New and Noteworthy" section no less!
02/19/2012

Another sighting of Dirt! At the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown under the "New and Noteworthy" section no less!

Another DIRT sighting! This one on the shelves of the Van Alen Institute Bookstore in NYC.
02/06/2012

Another DIRT sighting! This one on the shelves of the Van Alen Institute Bookstore in NYC.

Damian Holmes: "I just got my hands on ‘Dirt’, a new book from PennDesign that is collection on interesting and thought-...
02/06/2012
First Look: ‘Dirt’ - World Landscape Architect

Damian Holmes: "I just got my hands on ‘Dirt’, a new book from PennDesign that is collection on interesting and thought-provocating essays, conversations and images. The books introduction begins with ‘Dirt comes from a position at the intersection of landscape and architecture and presents a selection of work that shares dirty attitudes….’. The book is layered in five chapters Story Lines (Narratives of all kinds), Fertile Minds (brillant projects that do not follow straight lines), Process Work (Elegant and useful things born from the complex), Active Agents (systems & organisation frameworks), Rich Ground (various projects rising from the dirt). The essay material is from various landscape architects, theorists and writers from around the world."

First Look: 'Dirt' edited by Megan Born, Helene Furján, Lily Jencks with Phillip M. Crosby

Hey fans and friends of viaPublications and our current book DIRT... Right now, if you search for DIRT on Amazon it only...
02/05/2012
DIRT (Viabooks)

Hey fans and friends of viaPublications and our current book DIRT... Right now, if you search for DIRT on Amazon it only shows up a #35 in the books section, so we are trying to increase its visibility on their search results through a little crowd-sourcing campaign. Could you please take a minute to go to the Amazon page and click "Like" at the top? You can even buy it while you're there! If you feel so inclined you could also share it on your own page, Twitter feed, blog, or website. If you've already bought the book, you could also think about adding a review on Amazon. Thanks a lot!!!

Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted i...

Here is DIRT on the shelves of the Penn Book Center in Philadelphia!
02/03/2012

Here is DIRT on the shelves of the Penn Book Center in Philadelphia!

Timeline Photos
02/03/2012

Timeline Photos

Looks like DIRT has a fan already!
11/11/2011

Looks like DIRT has a fan already!

DIRT is now available for pre-order on Amazon!!!
11/03/2011
DIRT

DIRT is now available for pre-order on Amazon!!!

Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted i...

They are finally here! Advance copies of Dirt!
09/22/2011

They are finally here! Advance copies of Dirt!

04/07/2011

Dirt
Dirt is not messy.
Dirt is not ‘dirty’.
Dirt is teeming with life,
and rich with possibility

08/17/2010
Via Publications - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Via has an entry on Wikipedia. The mystery remains: who created it?

via Publications is a student-edited and student-managed publishing entity based at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Via Publications includes VIA Journal (1968-2000), and viaBooks (2008-).

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Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th St
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viaPublications is a student-edited and student-managed publishing entity based at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. viaPublications includes VIA Journal (1968-2000), and viaBooks (2008-).

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Dirt (2012)
Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted in the landscape architect’s perspective, Dirt views dirt not as repulsive but endlessly giving, fertile, adaptive, and able to accommodate difference while maintaining cohesion. This dirty perspective sheds light on social connections, working processes, imaginative ideas, physical substrates, and urban networks. Dirt is a matrix; as a book, it organizes contributions from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, fine arts, and art history. The chapters predict and report on city waterfronts revamped by climate change, the reinvention of suburbia, and cityscapes of ruins; dish the dirt with yet-to-be proven facts; make such unexpected linkages as ornament to w**d growth and cell networks to zip-ties; examine the work of innovative thinkers who have imagined or created, among other things, a replica of Robert Smithson’s famous earthwork Spiral Jetty in “table-top scale,” live models of the Arctic ice caps, and an inhabitable “green roof”; and describe an ecological landscape urbanism that incorporates the natural sciences in its processes.

Editors: Megan Born, Lily Jencks, and Helene Furján with Phillip M. Crosby
Book Designer: K.T. Anthony Chan
http://amzn.to/viaDirt


viaOccupation (2008)
Investigates the macro- and micro-scales that inform how we read, claim, and intervene in our evolving territories.

Editors: Morgan Martinson, Tonya Markiewicz, and Helene Furján
http://amzn.to/viaOccupation

viaCamouflage (Forthcoming, Spring 2013)
Camouflage is about multiplicity, not invisibility.

Optically, it involves seeing many elements at once yet registering only one; it works through the processes of disguise, assimilation, and mutation but also invites careful observation, a tracking of forgotten elements and a search for the extraordinary within the seemingly generic.

Editors: Leslie Billhymer, Nicolas Koff, and Helene Furján

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