City and Regional Planning

As part of a new initiative from the Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign is launching a new series of working papers by faculty members and students who are working on issues related to equity.

Photo: Related California

Bill Witte (C’73, MCP’75), chairman and CEO of Related California, talks about the challenges and opportunities in the planning profession, and his motivation for establishing the $50,000 Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize at PennDesign.

Photo: Scott Spitzer via Penn Flickr

Three students from PennDesign talk about learning to navigate the world of policy as Graduate Associates at Perry World House.

Students: Kristen Nicole Scudder, Li Zhuang, and Yuyang Yin

This fall, for the second time, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Allison Lassiter led a class called Sensing the City, in which fifteen students from the City Planning, Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics, and Integrated Product Design programs used the prototyping platform Arduino to develop concepts for collecting data from and interacting with the urban environment.

In the introduction to Matt Miller’s 2018 dissertation, The Geography of Black Commerce and Culture, there’s a portrait of Georgette Powell, the owner of a Los Angeles restaurant called Mel’s Fish Shack, leaning on a counter in front of her kitchen with her head cocked to the right, smil

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.

Photo Tom Campbell, Design Workshop

In two recent articles, Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner looks at ecosystem services through two distinct lenses: in the context of ecological aesthetics and as a framework for design and planning in the Anthropocene.

Zhongjie Lin, an associate professor of city and regional planning who joined the faculty in the fall of 2018, talks about change in Philadelphia since he was a PhD student at PennDesign and his interest in utopianism.

The Spring 2019 travel studios will take students to at least seven countries and 18 cities on three continents. But the design challenges and cultural traditions they present are even more varied than the list of destinations suggests.

PennDesign congratulates faculty members Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra for earning tenure from the University.

Photo: Drew Altizer

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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