City and Regional Planning

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.
Vincent Reina
Vincent Reina, assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign, is among the recipients of the 40 for 40 Fellowships, given by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).
Researchers from four institutions came together at PennDesign for the CM2 Summer Forum
It was 21 years ago that the concept of the megaregion was “discovered,” said Bob Yaro, the former president of the Regional Plan Association, during the CM2 Summer Forum at PennDesign in June.
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.
Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, 2017

Photo: Air Force Magazine on Flickr

Faculty and students in the City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture departments are working to address the problems facing Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the deadly 2017 hurricane season, including those who relocated to Philadelphia.
Martin Meyerson

University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania

Writing in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Eugenie Birch profiles longtime faculty member Martin Meyerson, FAICP (1922–2007), “whose influence on the field is immense but understudied.”
Francesca Russello Ammon

Photo: Eric Sucar

A newly launched website based on Francesca Russello Ammon’s research, “Preserving Society Hill,” tells the stories of more than 1,500 of those properties through an interactive map that combines architectural details, photographs, and oral histories for each site. 

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