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Newport is predominantly surrounded by water, and the city’s identity has been shaped by its connection to the sea.  Serving as one of the major ports during the Colonial Era, infamous for being a prosperous trading city, Newport later became a place for wealthy Southerners to enjoy cool summers by the sea. Furthermore, Newport has housed a major Navy port for the US military, which is now slowly moving away from the area in order to consolidate in existing hubs in Virginia.

Vincent Reina and Claudia Aiken have conducted a detailed study about access to housing assistance in Philadelphia’s Asian and Latino/a communities.

Vincent Reina and Claudia Aiken, with research assistance from Jane Christen and Jason Schunkewitz, are preparing a comprehensive housing study for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

The Community-Wide Housing Strategy is a community-driven housing plan for Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Housing for Equity is Philadelphia’s first-ever housing plan. It sets production and preservation targets for the next 10 years and outlines a set of actions that the City will take in concert with partners in the non-profit, for-profit, and philanthropic sectors to achieve those targets.

Residents of Austin, Texas, located in “flash flood alley,” are accustomed to dry landscapes and intermittent rising waters. Similar to other cities along inland waterways, Austin has long battled periodic inundation. However, pressures from climate change and rapid population growth, coupled with historic inequality, present a newfound urgency to find solutions. Austin needs to create a culture of resiliency and equity that can support residents through the new extreme weather reality.

On February 7, 2019, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey (MA-07) and New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) introduced a House Resolution detailing a sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 and achieve a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Commonly referred to as a Green New Deal, the 14-page non-binding resolution lays out the goals and aspirations of the program, upgrading efficiency and sustainability for national infrastructure and creating millions of jobs in the process.

This studio focused on the sub-barrio Machuchal, located in the center of San Juan’s densest neighborhood, Santurce. The goal was to create strategies for Machuchal and its residents to overcome the impending change brought on by touristification. Touristification is a phenomenon that takes place when development pressures and other impacts of tourism can cause an area to change dramatically. With housing, services, amenities and appearance of a touristifying area becoming catered to tourists and neglecting the needs and well-being of local residents.

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations resulting from the Fall 2019 Decongesting New York Studio at the University of Pennsylvania. The semester-long studio was convened to advise the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) on the design and implementation of a new tolling program set to launch in Manhattan in 2021. The studio focused on strategies to ensure that the Central Business District Tolling Program would achieve its primary outcome of achieving a legislated revenue target of $1 billion per year.

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Weitzman School of Design students Noah Yoder (MSHP'20) and Joe Bacci (MSHP'20) finalize their conservation treatments during a two-week field program over winter break at Tumacacori National Historical Site outside Tucson, AZ. At top, Center for Architectural Conservation project supervisor Courtney Magill shows Superintendent Robert Love new discoveries of painted decoration.

Pipeline along a canal in a grassy field

Scenario Journal is a digital publication focused on the next generation of urban landscapes, dedicated to fostering conversation between design and the sciences. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplinary perspectives, each issue of Scenario explores a topic where collaboration, translation, speculation, and new modes of inquiry are needed.

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