City and Regional Planning

Professor of City and Regional Planning Lisa Servon was recenlty invited to talk about her new book,

Marcelo and Milton Roberto at the Edificio Marques do Herval, Rio de Janeiro, 1952; Photo courtesy Research and Documentation Center, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero

This winter, PennDesign faculty have been called upon by the media, cultural organizations and universities to share their expertise on topics from preservation in China to mid-century architecture in urban Brazil.

Eugenie Birch (right) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (center) at a meeting of the General Assembly of Partners at UN Habitat III

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers, and the challenges to both the public and private sectors are manifold. In working toward a coordinated global response, Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, led a 24-person delegation from Penn at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development held in Quito, Ecuador.

Vincent Reina, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, has received the 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) for his work at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Although the decades following World War II stand out as an era of rapid growth and construction in the United States, those years were equally significant for large-scale destruction. Francesca Russello Ammon's 

Can an 18-month old program hold its own with others that are decades-old? The answer is a resounding Yes, as Mark Alan Hughes and Cornelia Colijn discovered recently. The faculty director and deputy director, respectively, of PennDesign’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy recently joined their peers for the two-day University Energy Initiative Symposium at MIT co-sponsored by the Institute’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Clockwise from top left: Aki Sasamoto, A. Eugene Kohn, Dara Friedman, Steward Pickett, Carla Diana, Charles Renfro

Beginning Wednesday, January 18, PennDesign hosts more than 50 leading architects, artists, designers, planners, preservationists, and scholars in public lectures on the built environment and visual culture.

The Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Transportation honored Amtrak Infrastructure Planning Manager Natalie Shieh (MCP’09) as its “Woman of the Year.” The

On September 27, Crossways Professor and City and Regional Planning Department Chair John Landis testified before the Senate Majority Policy Committee (

Humans have always been influenced by natural landscapes, and always will be—even as we create ever-larger cities and our developments fundamentally change the nature of the earth around us.

Apprentices Ky and Robert learning about solar installation.

The PennPraxis Serenity Soular team (Laura Rigell MCP ’17, Cari Krol MCP ’17, Nikita Jathan MArch ’18, Margaret Gregg MArch ‘18) embarked upon the next phase of its collaboration with Serenity House and Swarthmore College in June 2016.

Erick Guerra, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, and Christopher Marcinkoski, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, have been awarded competitive grants from the University Research Foundation (URF) for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year.