City and Regional Planning

2011 StudioThe Schuylkill Yards, a 96-acre railyard servingPhiladelphia's 30th Street Station, is located in a primearea for development. This studio examined the site's context in the neighborhood, city, and region, and provided recommendations for how to better connect and incorporate the Schuylkill Yards intothe surrounding urban fabric. These recommendations include design strategies, governance structures, green infrastructure creation, and community benefitsDesign
2012 StudioThis studio explores the feasibility of reimagining freeways in six North American cities: New Orleans; Washington, DC; the Brox; New Haven, CT; Toronto, ON; and Montreal, QC.Conversation about highway removal are in different stages in these cities. For instance, in Washington, DC, planners are developing a vision for removal, while New Haven officals have made the decision to pursue removal. The range of conditions and stages of the projects has allowed the studio to work to address a variety of solutions and potential outcomes.
Studio 2010If the United States Northeast Megaregion is to grow and prosper, its cities and states must work together to become a single, globally competitive economic powerhouse. This report outlines a bold new proposal for world-class high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor, which will transform the economic geography of the whole Northeast.
To some, the original Penn Station, designed by Charles McKim and operated through the first half of the 20th century, was the greatest train station not only in New York, but in the entire world. Its demolition and replacement with the existing Penn Station (in the basement below Madison Square Garden) has been cited as the origin of the historic preservation movement, and remains a sore subject for New Yorkers to this day.
Across the country, urban school districts have closed and continue to close significant percentages of their public schools. As a part of this trend, Philadelphia has gone through two rounds of mass-closings in the last two school years. On top of schools closed in previous years that remain unused, this will leave the School Distirct of Philadelphia with 32 vacant buildings at the end of the 2013
Studio 2011High-speed rail is more than just a means of travel. It is a powerful tool that can enable growth, achieve balance in a transportation system, and revitalize underperforming cities. It is the foundation upon which the Northeast Megaregion of the United States will shape its destiny in the coming years.

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