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PennPraxis supports design action and thought leadership to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn't typically serve. Praxis does projects that demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary design, art, planning, and heritage preservation to respond to the major challenges of the built and natural environments, and the communities that inhabit them. Our projects strengthen the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design as a school focused on high social impact design. We create opportunities "beyond the market" to help our students develop agency in the world, and we cultivate diversity among the next generation of leaders.

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Map of the United States marking six cities with composite of five Zoom meeting panelists

On Friday, August 28, as part of the Weitzman School’s New Student Orientation, teams of PennPraxis Design Fellows described the work they engaged in over the summer. One team of seven Fellows, all students or recent graduates of the Department of City and Regional Planning, worked under the leadership of Vincent Reina, an assistant professor of city and regional planning and the faculty director for the Housing Initiative at Penn, also based at PennPraxis, on a multi-city housing planning project for Atlanta, Baltimore, Oakland, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Philadelphia—six cities whose affordable and workforce housing was significantly affected by COVID-19.

a design of a public space in an urban area, marked with summer art class, grafitti wall, and submission and a sign over the cit

This summer, the Weitzman School partnered with the non-profit organization The Fresh Air Fund to launch a first-of-its-kind virtual design studio. Led by Design Fellows who were Weitzman students or recent graduates, Fresh Air Everywhere was an intensive seven-week program that introduced New York City high school students to the fields of art, design and architecture while fostering skills in imagination, drawing, modeling and communication.