City and Regional Planning

Christopher Carlos Brzovic and Julian Turley
Christopher Carlos Brzovic and Julian Turley have been selected for the Moelis Scholars Program in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School.
Matt Miller
This spring, Matt Miller, a post-doctoral fellow who teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is better known as Dr. Matt, was appointed to the newly-created role of director of Justice and Belonging (JxB). His appointment, which began July 1, creates a focal point for work undertaken at all levels of the School to make Weitzman more welcoming, socially accountable, and intellectually transformative for current and former students, faculty and staff members. In the first part of a three-part interview, Miller talks about growing up in the Bay Area, his path to planning and to Penn, and his vision for a more inclusive student experience.
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A year ago, the murder of George Floyd – and so many others – amid a global pandemic shook our country and catalyzed many conversations about anti-racism in our Department. On this one-year anniversary, postdoctoral fellow and inaugural Director of Justice x Belonging Dr. Matt Miller shares his 30+ page report “Toward Justice & Belongingness in PennPlanning” recounting and memorializing our thoughts in the form of a collective vision and an emerging plan generated from dozens of generous thinkers. 
A group of women of various ages and ethnicities pose on the sidewalk outside a victorian home

Photo Eric Sucar

Over the last several years, students focused on housing and community development in the Department of City and Regional Planning have worked with Centennial Parkside CDC on strategic priorities for the West Philadelphia neighborhood of East Parkside. This spring, they put their efforts into three initiatives, exploring the expansion of a neighborhood garden, creating a community land trust, and making improvements to the commercial corridor. “They’re producing products that are really enhancing our ability to do the work we want to do in the community,” says Chris Spahr, director of the CDC.
Vincent Reina, an authority on housing policy who has advised cities around the U.S. on rent relief during the pandemic,  has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of City and Regional Planning.   
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Image: Dana Tomlin

Ahead of a virtual event celebration his impact on generations of students, Tomlin speaks about the evolution of mapping technology and its growing importance in daily life, using geospatial data to guide decision making, his split interests in the art and science of map making, and teaching at Harvard, Yale, Penn, and the Ohio State University.
An African American man and young girl seated in front of a black and gold mural

Miller describes himself as a photographer, storyteller, and geographer, and since 2018 he has published work on Instagram at @BlackUrbanism to preserve “the complexity in Black lives by visualizing the Where, When, and Why.”

This spring, Matt Miller, a post-doctoral fellow who teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning and is better known as “Dr. Matt,” was appointed to the newly-created role of director of Justice and Belonging (JxB). His appointment, which began July 1, creates a focal point for work undertaken at all levels of the School to make Weitzman more welcoming, socially accountable, and intellectually transformative for current and former students, faculty and staff members. In the second part of a three-part interview, Miller talks about how to approach anti-racist work on an individual level, the role for consensus building and design thinking in this work, and the need to move the conversation beyond diversity, equity and inclusion.
Robert Gerard Pietrusko and Jamaal Green
Pietrusko is expected to join the Department of Landscape Architecture as an associate professor on the tenure track beginning January 1, 2022, and Green the Department of City and Regional Planning as an assistant professor on the tenure track beginning on July 1, 2022. Green joined Weitzman as a postdoctoral fellow in 2020 and will continue in that role through the upcoming academic year.
A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation book cover
Tens of millions of Americans are at risk from sea level rise, increased tidal flooding, and intensifying storms.
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Three faculty members in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2021, in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting. The awards are given annually in honor of G. Holmes Perkins, an architect and longtime faculty member who was dean of the School of Design from 1951–1971, and based on nominations by students. The winners will be recognized in the printed program for the School’s 2021 Commencement Webcast.
Rendering of proposed design showing people looking at the greenery next to a path
Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency issues a “Campus RainWorks Challenge,” which asks college students around the U.S.

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