Half a century after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, American neighborhoods remain segregated by race and class, contributing to generational poverty and the racial wealth gap. In a new volume titled Perspectives on Fair Housing, edited by Vincent Reina, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the Weitzman School of Design, 14 scholars explore the “historical, sociological, economic, and legal perspectives on the critical and continuing problem of housing discrimination and offers a review of the tools that, if appropriately supported, can promote racial and economic equity in America.”
The Weitzman School has selected Peter Eisenman as the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design, and the City of Philadelphia as the 2020 recipient of the Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for GreenPlan Philadelphia. The recipients of the annual student prizes are Paul Germaine McCoy, in architecture, and Avery Harmon, in city and regional planning.
Today, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 2020 Professional and Student Award winners, which included three projects by Weitzman students and three projects by Weitzman faculty. The ASLA Awards are internationally considered to be among the most prestigious in the field.
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.
In response to COVID-19, cities all over the country have created small rental-assistance programs to keep the newly-unemployed from becoming homeless. A growing group of city officials—starting with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Baltimore, Oakland and Los Angeles—are working with the Housing Initiative at Penn, directed by Vincent Reina, assistant professor of city and regional planning, and Claudia Aiken to monitor their success and share best practices.
On Friday, August 28, as part of the Weitzman School’s New Student Orientation, teams of PennPraxis Design Fellows described the work they engaged in over the summer. One team of seven Fellows, all students or recent graduates of the Department of City and Regional Planning, worked under the leadership of Vincent Reina, an assistant professor of city and regional planning and the faculty director for the Housing Initiative at Penn, also based at PennPraxis, on a multi-city housing planning project for Atlanta, Baltimore, Oakland, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Philadelphia—six cities whose affordable and workforce housing was significantly affected by COVID-19.
Céline Apollon and Jazmin Diaz have been selected for the Moelis Scholars Program in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School.
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.”