City and Regional Planning

Blueprint of building in Germantown
The Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown has a long and colorful history of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist protests, the Underground Railroad, suburbanization, the Great Migration, and more.
Panel meeting for International house Philadelphia
Even as a decades-long population decline in Philadelphia has appeared to level off and rebound in the last decade, the city has continued to lose more native-born residents than it takes in. To put it another way, immigrants are central to the city’s rebirth.
Map of section of pay area with opportunity areas noted.

From BIG-ONE-Sherwood’s proposal in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (Watch video)

If Hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove home the threats to coastal cities in the U.S. from climate change—and the role for designers and planners in disaster prevention and mitigation—there was good news this month about efforts to storm-proof the West Coast.
Lisa Servon
Please welcome Professor Lisa Servon as chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning.
“The first time I came to Penn as a student in 1975, my department chair, Ian McHarg, had become infatuated with cultural anthropology. He saw human ecology as a local extension of plant and animal ecology and thought ethnography employed methods that could be useful for design and planning. As a result, Professor McHarg hired a group of anthropologists.”
Waterfront area in Camden NJ

Camden, New Jersey, is one of five Delaware River Valley cities that City and Regional Planning students looked at in a spring workshop on equity and sustainability.

Allentown, Reading, and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware: All five cities share high rates of poverty, a high concentration of shuttered factories, and a diminished resource base. With the Trump Administration expected to reduce federal support for areas like these, placing a greater burden on local initiatives, the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign took up the challenge of envisioning what those initiatives might be in a workshop for first-year students coordinated by Professor and Chair John Landis; students presented their proposals to their instructors on campus last week.
These graphs showcase a sequential comparison of 2030 residential energy-conservation scenarios for 11 metro areas. Red represents the baseline. The other three colors signify different scenarios, with and without the Clean Power Plan.

Penn and MIT researchers looked to the housing sector as one way localities could impact greenhouse gas emissions. These graphs showcase a sequential comparison of 2030 residential energy-conservation scenarios for 11 metro areas. Red represents the baseline. The other three colors signify different scenarios, with and without the Clean Power Plan. In the best-case option, CPP stays in place and cities adopt energy-conservation standards for new homes and retrofitting standards for existing home. Then emissions could potentially drop by 46 percent, on average. 

Worldwide, the United States is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. The Obama administration began efforts to drop those numbers by increasing vehicle fuel economy standards in 2011 and with its Clean Power Plan proposals in 2015. But even if implemented as planned, that two-pronged approach would still fall short of the country’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Local efforts in residential housing and transportation, however, could help make up the difference, according to new findings from PennDesign’s John Landis and Erick Guerra, and David Hsu of MIT.
(Left to right) Kirk McClure, Sandra Newman, Ingrid Ellen, and Alex Schwartz

(Left to right) Kirk McClure, Sandra Newman, Ingrid Ellen, and Alex Schwartz

 
The past 15 years have been the most turbulent for U.S. housing markets since the Great Depression. Governments at every level—national, state, and especially local—are facing a host of housing affordability, quality, and fair housing challenges.
Open edition of LA+ titled: America's Petrochemical Garden. By Billy Flemming
LA+ is the interdisciplinary journal published by the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Lisa Servon getting interviewed
Lisa Servon, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, was interviewed on the PBS News Hour about the surprising logic behind the use of check cashers and payday loans. Servon shares her experiences working at various check-cashing businesses in researching her new book, The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives.
Student after receiving diploma
Nearly 300 Master’s and PhD degrees were presented on Monday afternoon under a sunlit tent on Meyerson Plaza at PennDesign’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Capping off a weekend’s worth of festivities that began on Friday with a reception for the Year End Show for design graduates, the ceremony was led by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner, who shared the podium with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, who gave the Commencement Address; alumnus and Overseer Mark Gardner (MArch’00), who congratulated gradates on behalf of the Board of Overseers; PennDesign Alumni Association President Stuart Mardeusz (MArch’95); and the department and graduate group chairs.
Shiva Kooragalaya
Shiva Kooragayala came to study City and Regional Planning at PennDesign after graduating from Emory University and currently is working as a Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

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