On the PennToday podcast “Understand This…,” Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning John Landis joins Robert Inman, the Richard King Mellon Professor Emeritus of Finance in the Wharton School, for a conversation about infrastructure in the United States—what it is, what it might look like in the future, and how to pay for it.
The Penn Weitzman Alumni Association announces new board president and vice-president. Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16) will be the new president and Suzanne Mahoney (MCP’14, MLA’14) will be the new vice-president.
The Weitzman School announces two new faculty appointments for Academic Year 2020-2021 in the Department of City and Regional Planning: Lance Freeman, a professor in the Urban Planning Program at Columbia University, as the provost’s distinguished visiting faculty fellow, and Jamaal Green as a post-doctoral fellow. “At a time when social justice has moved to the center of our national conversation, we need to better understand the ways in which housing policy supports or hinders our progress,” says Lisa Servon, the Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and chair of city and regional planning.
Following a successful fundraising campaign, this summer, over 80 students and 30 faculty members representing almost every Weitzman program—including architecture, environmental building design, landscape architecture, city planning, urban spatial analytics, fine arts, preservation, and Integrated Product Design—and several labs are working on projects that are led by PennPraxis or led by faculty and supported by PennPraxis.
When spring semester study moved online in mid-March, suddenly Zoom or Blue Jeans or Panopto was as integral to teaching at Weitzman as the mastery of a subject and a commitment to students’ learning. Design Weekly asked six faculty members in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, and Historic Preservation talk about adapting their courses for the screen, and the rewards and constraints they found in the process.
Ashley Hahn, a city planning and historic preservation alum who received a new prize from the American Academy in Rome, talks about the experience of public spaces in Italy before and after the coronavirus pandemic.
The McHarg Center at Weitzman is partnering with The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) to launch The Green New Deal Superstudio, an open call for designs that spatially manifest the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal with regional and local specificity.
A team of four students–Camille Boggan, Emily Kennedy, David Seunglee Park, and Kate Sutton–from Weitzman’s Department of City and Regional Planning has been selected as the winner of ITS America’s Emerging Leaders Program Global Challenge for the America’s region.
Dean Steiner will co-chair a new working group to study campus names and iconography. The Campus Iconography Group will engage in broad outreach across the University and advise Penn leadership on further steps to “ensure that the placement and presence of statues and other prominent iconography better reflects our achievements and aspirations to increase the diversity of the Penn community.”
Housing affordability is a growing issue for Pennsylvanians, and renters, low-income households and minorities are disproportionately burdened by housing costs, according to a study shared online today by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The Pennsylvania Comprehensive Housing Study, as it’s called, was co-authored by Vincent Reina, assistant professor of city and regional planning and faculty director of the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP), HIP Director Claudia AIken, and city and regional planning students Jane Christen and Jason Schunkewitz, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
As faculty across the Weitzman School have adapted their courses for webcams and computer screens this semester, they’ve found new ways to connect with students and make assignments meaningful.
In Designing the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale (Island Press, 2020), Jonathan Barnett, retired professor of practice in the Department of City and Regional Planning, describes how to redesign megaregional growth using mostly private investment, without having to wait for massive government funding or new governmental structures.