City and Regional Planning

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.
Lily Cheng sitting on the steps going up to the front porch of her house
The Office of Professional Development and Career Services at Weitzman coordinates an annual externship program for students in architecture and landscape architecture; for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, externships were scheduled for January and March. Lily Cheng is a Master of City Planning student who completed a virtual externship with the Philadelphia-based planning and urban design firm Interface Studio LLC in January of 2021. 
Plan of southeast Philadelphia site showing location of urban farm system and public spaces.
A team of Master of City Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture students at Weitzman won an Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award from Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design. Asked to reimagine the 1300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site located along the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, the winning students proposed re-imagining the site as the hub for vertical farming and a food share system, new transit connections, and outdoor recreation spaces.
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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.
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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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Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning Tom Daniels is offering a new course on the science and politics of the climate crisis. The course, a complement to work being done at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, is focused on planning responses to climate change, with case studies on mitigation and adaptation. “The course really gets at the complexity of the climate-change issue,” Daniels says. “It’s not just a matter of: Let’s stop burning fossil fuels. There are lots of aspects, including how do we adapt to the effects of climate change, and what are the economics of making a transition?”
Ken Steif and cover of "Public Policy Analytics" book
As the world marks one year since COVID-19 upended everyday life, governments around the world have often touted that they are “guided by data” or are “following the science” as they close or open different sectors of the economy.
Megan Ryerson wears a helmet outfitted with clear eye-tracking glasses as she travels in a bike lane on a Philly street

Photo Thomas Orgren

Public transportation is a cornerstone of urban infrastructure, with agencies like the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) making millions of trips every year.

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