City and Regional Planning

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PennDesign has received a $1.25 million gift from alumnus William Witte (C’73, MCP’75) and his wife, Keiko Sakamoto, Esq. to establish an annual prize for an outstanding planning student at PennDesign, along with a professional award for innovation and impact in planning.

PennDesign proudly congratulates city and regional planning faculty members Zhongjie Lin and Megan Ryerson for earning tenure from the University.

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Faculty and students in the City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture departments are working to address the problems facing Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 hurricane season, including those who relocated to Philadelphia.

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Writing in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Eugenie Birch profiles longtime faculty member Martin Meyerson, FAICP (1922–2007), “whose influence on the field is immense but understudied.”

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A newly launched website based on Francesca Russello Ammon’s research, “Preserving Society Hill,” tells the stories of more than 1,500 of those properties through an interactive map that combines architectural details, photographs, and oral histories for each site. 

Professor of Fine Arts Sharon Hayes, seen here in a work from 2009, is teaching a new course that will “explore the wide and expansive territories of art making that exist between live performance and mediated image.”

PennDesign is expanding its course offerings for Fall 2018 with new courses—including seminars, studios, and workshops—that reflect the School’s interdisciplinary approach to the built environment and visual culture. The courses offer students opportunities to explore the architecture of the hospital amid evolving notions of how the built environment impacts public health, work with local communities on projects that could improve the civic sphere, and examine works of art that challenge traditional ways of perceiving reality.

Jennifer Whittaker, a PhD student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs.

https://real-estate.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/wachter/One of a spate of timely research projects Reina is involved with, the Plan proposes goals for housing production and preservation to tackle issues from eviction and homlessness to construction costs.

Vincent Reina, assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign, is among the recipients of the 40 for 40 Fellowships, given by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).

It was 21 years ago that the concept of the megaregion was “discovered,” said Bob Yaro, the former president of the Regional Plan Association, during the CM2 Summer Forum at PennDesign in June.

PennDesign’s Fall 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. They’ll offer perspective on architecture as a catalyst, the politics of modern memorials, the impact of LGBTQ history on historic preservation, and more.

With the new Academic Year, PennDesign welcomes four new members of the standing faculty, subject to University approval; Dean Steiner has also named Megan Ryerson associate dean for research.

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