City and Regional Planning

Cypress creek swimming area, Blue Hole Regional Park, from “The Wisdom of Looking Forward Trough Ecological Design and Planning”

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
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.
Graduate architecture students in the L.A. River channel for a studio led by Florencia Pita, 2017
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.
Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra, newly-tenured associate professors at PennDesign
PennDesign congratulates faculty members Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra for earning tenure from the University.
William Witte and Keiko Sakamoto

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

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.
A Perry World House event with Samantha Power, former United States ambassador to the United Nations,

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.
Rendering for Crossing Guard, an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tag system for vulnerable pedestrians in busy urban areas.

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.
Urban storefront area with pedestrians hanging out
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
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.
Row houses in Philadelphia
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.

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