City and Regional Planning

In collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Community Development Studies and Education Department, this plan sets forth a vision for a more equitable, diverse, and sustainable economic future for Atlantic City that gives special consideration to the needs of low and moderate-income families.  This focus on low and moderate-income families is paramount, as Atlantic City’s future has become increasingly uncertain.
Housing planners around the world are looking for new policy, design, and delivery models for social housing–loosely defined as subsidized housing for low-income households.  This multi-continent super-studio will look at the potential for rethinking and re-linking social housing policy, programs, and designs in Brazil (Sao Paulo: Professor Rose), China (Beijing: Professor Al), and Canada (Toronto: Mr.
In the northeastern United States, many cities feel that they are on the losing end of a stratified society, having suffered decades of job losses and out-migration with ever-declining industry.  But at the same time, citizens and leaders in these cities are doing the hard work of revitalization.  Their visions, planning, and building are starting to attract new people, activity, and investment.  What this studio set out to understand is whether revitalization- with all the public and private resources that it captures- can be a vehicle for reducing inequities for the broader
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 2011 High-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.
Working with Sao Paulo Urbanismo and the University of Sao Paulo, this second year studio set out to design an innovation district in the Mooca-Vila Carioca Urban Operations Consortium.  The studio examined case studies of innovation districts around the world.  It then combined these takeaways with an anaylsis of the social, economic and environmental aspects of Brazil, Sao Paulo and Mooca-Vila in order to create visions for the site.  For each vision, five different "What Ifs" were developed in order to identify specific measures neeed to implement the innovation district.
In the Spring of 2014, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) sponsored a graduate planning studio to investigate the opportunity to re-purpose an underutilized right-of-way- the Bay Ridge Line and New York Connecting Railroad-as a mixed-use passenger and freight transit route through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
The nine-county metropolitan area for which the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) plans, is regarded as an economic and cultural hub in the Mid-Atlantic region.
PanoramaPanorama is the annual academic publication of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. A student-run publication, it surveys contemporary planning issues and reflects the interests and mindset of the graduate master of city planning students at the university. Please click on a links below to view past issues. Past issues are also available in hard copy. Please contact Kate Daniel at katf@design.upenn.edu for requests.
2011 Studio The Schuylkill Yards, a 96-acre railyard serving Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, is located in a prime area 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 benefits Design
2012 Studio This 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 2010 If 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.

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