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Students Of David Kratzer Continue Work On JFK Exhibit

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia University is hosting an exhibit celebrating the life of Arlen Specter entitled "Single Bullet: Arlen Specter and the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination." Architecture and Graphic Design students joined forces to generate collaborative exhibit pieces charged with placing visitors "in the place of" Specter and JFK during the assassination and subsequent Warren Commission to empirically understand the nature and gravity of the events. Led by professors David Kratzer, architecture, and Frank Baseman, graphic design, along with exhibition advising by architecture professor Donald Dunham, the collaborative student team focused on the graphic design and didactic content of the exhibit as well as three primary constructions. With the first, visitors can sit in an abstraction of the Continental limousine that JFK was riding in to experience, via camera, the differing directions of assassination shots and conspiracy theories. For the second, visitors can view through an abstraction of Zapruder whose film of the assassination became the iconic documentation and evidence of the assassination. With the third, an abstraction of Dealey plaza provides the centerpiece for the Warren Commission section of the exhibit. Students presented the graphic design language and interim constructions to dignitaries at the Groundbreaking including Specter family members. Students will complete the constructions over the summer as part of the PNC grant that primarily funded the project. The exhibit will open in October 2013.

Limo model puts visitors where JFK sat during assassination
April 25, 2013

By Aaron Moselle, @awmoselle

The exhibit will be held in the Paul J. Gutman Library from October 2013 through March 2014.

The single bullet theory, the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter's controversial explanation of the John F. Kennedy assassination, will sit at the center of an upcoming exhibit at Philadelphia University in East Falls.

Specter is often credited with developing the theory during his time as a staffer with the Warren Commission, which famously investigated the 1963 assassination.

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This entry was posted on April 25, 2013

Transitional Housing Booths Give Residents Needed Personal Space

Now that the transitional housing booths have been installed and in use for the past few months, residents are able to give their feedback.

Phila. U. students face challenge in designing women's shelter

By Hillary Siegel, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: April 14, 2013

Architecture students at Philadelphia University confronted an unusual challenge when they created a living environment for residents at the Women of Change shelter in Philadelphia.

The shelter, for women with mental illness who are chronically homeless, is meant as transitional housing.

The students had to solve this puzzle: How to create beds and a living area that were comfortable and provided some privacy, without making them too comfortable or too private - the shelter should not be so nice that residents never want to leave.

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This entry was posted on April 14, 2013

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