Research

Black and white image of group seated on sofa in wood paneled room

Source: Vienna (Austria), University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Art Collection and Archive, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Papers, “Chinareise,” 1934, Photos, F/CJ/1.

In the 1930s and the 1950s China recruited thousands of foreign "experts” to consult on programs to modernize the country. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897–2000), an Austrian architect and postwar member of the Communist Party, was invited to participate in these programs in both periods. Today Schütte-Lihotzky has been canonized in this history of architecture for her interwar contributions to modern housing and educational institutions in Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Turkey.

cover of Panorama journal

Welcome to the 29th edition of Panorama, the Weitzman School of Design’s City and Regional Planning student journal. The work included in this year’s Panorama explores critical planning across a diverse set of environmental and regional contexts – preparing for the multifaceted global climate crisis, confronting legacies of colonialism in planning traditions and built environments, and building more responsive and equitable transportation systems.

Tali Flatte operating a total station at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

"This internship provided the opportunity to experience working at a National Park and to observe how cultural resource management functions in real time."

Tali Flatté (MSHP '22) shares their summer internship experience. 

Drawing depicting a floating wood structure on a concret hull with small diagrams of orientation optimization study

Dorit Aviv

Floating structures for urban waterfronts are a potential adaptation strategy to sea-level rise, but how do you provide energy and water to these off-grid buildings? For the past year we have been working with on energy and water self-sufficiency strategies for waterfront buildings.

Read more about this research in the recent issue of the Water Exchange

drawing depicting a floating wood structure on a concret hull with small diagrams of orientation optimization study

Dorit Aviv

Floating structures for urban waterfronts are a potential adaptation strategy to sea-level rise, but how do you provide energy and water to these off-grid buildings? For the past year we have been working with on energy and water self-sufficiency strategies for waterfront buildings.

Read more about this research in the recent issue of the Water Exchange

cover of Grays Ferry Plan for Advocacy report

Philadelphia has a rich history replete with stories of incredible triumph by community organizers and grassroots organizations. Grays Ferry has continued to play a key role in organizing, especially as issues of environmental injustice bubble to the surface of wider public consciousness – leaving lasting legacies of disparate health outcomes, residential segregation, and correspondingly fewer opportunities for economic mobility.

cover photo of Aquidneck Island Studio Report

The Rhode Island Sea Level Rise Studio analyzes the risks of Aquidneck Island, RI, due to sea level rise and proposes 5 projects to improve the island's resiliency and sustainability.

A radiant cooling pavilion with orange-painted steel frame and panelize walls in a site in Singapore

Eric Teitelbaum, Kian Wee Chen, Dorit Aviv, Kipp Bradford, Lea Ruefenacht, Denon Sheppard, Megan Teitelbaum, Forrest Meggers, Jovan Pantelic, Adam Rysanek

Hands holding a piece of a filter with plants to be inserted into a building opening

Daniel A. Barber, Ahu Aydogan, Dorit Aviv, Marta Gutman

In this piece, architects Ahu Aydogan and Dorit Aviv along with the architectural historians Daniel A. Barber and PLATFORM’s Marta Gutman discuss air quality during the pandemic. Daniel, a historian of architectural environmentalism, convened this discussion inviting Ahu and Dorit, designers and researchers specializing in the fields of energy and ecology, and Marta, an historian of children’s spaces, to the “table.”

SMART Sensor and MaRTy Cart on Temple campus in Philadelphia

Dorit Aviv, Hongshan Guo, Ariane Middel, Forrest Meggers

Instruments measuring the outdoor radiant environment are limited spatially. They aggregate observations to singular points, eliminating variations from surrounding surface temperatures. Computational methods can characterize the heterogeneous outdoor radiant environment, but spatial validation with accurate tools remains difficult. We use two novel sensing platforms (MaRTy and SMaRT) and an innovative computational validation method to explore Mean Radiant Temperature (MRT) spatial variation outdoors.

Three researchers with clipboards, masked and distanced, face the camera posed against a brick building

Maggie Sollman, Rohan Lewis, and Kecia Fong survey the hospital's north facade during the summer fieldwork season. (Photo: Starr Herr-Cardillo)

PennPraxis and the Center for Architectural Conservation are developing a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Pennsylvania Hospital, located in Philadelphia’s Center City. Over the summer, the project team had the pleasure of working with Praxis Fellows Rohan Lewis (MLA ’21) and Maggie Sollman (HSPV ’21). Rohan and Maggie assisted with field work, including archival research and documentation. They synthesized research findings into illustrative graphics showing the evolution of the site and structures over time.

Diagram of Philadelphia region

Diagram of Philadelphia region illustrating the benefit received by two different locations, an exurban center, Norristown CBD, and a rural township, Bass River, NJ. Each receives some benefit from each of the other 1,378 census tracts, but the UME of Norristown is double its EAB, while that of Bass River is reduced to 70%.

William W. Braham and Jae Min Lee

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