Research

For her project Matter + Energy: Composite Façades, Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano led a seminar dedicated to the development of research protocols for the design of architectural facades, based on formalizing environmental exchanges between matter and energy.

In the spring and summer of 2018, PennPraxis worked with a group of community liaisons and residents of twenty-one neighborhoods across the city to create the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit – a guide for communicating more broadly and building a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia.  The project coincided with, but was not a part of, the Mayor's Task Force on Historic Preservation, convened in 2017.

Building off of a research project for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Assistant Professor Erick Guerra is examinining land use, transportation infrastructure, and commute patterns across Mexico’s 100 largest cities.

Photo: RCH

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts David Hartt’s multi-part installation “in the forest” continues the artist’s investigation into the relationship between ideology, architecture, and the environment by revisiting architect Moshe Safdie’s unfinished 1968 Habitat Puerto Rico project.

The Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program at PennDesign teaches at the intersection of data science and public policy. As part of the program, graduate students from the Department of City and Regional Planning and MUSA participated in the first annual MUSA/Smart Cities Practicum.

Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Matt Neff, director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program and former director of PennDesign’s Common Press, are key partners in an effort to preserve and revitalize the historic Mancos Times building in Mancos, Colorado. Together, the team is establishing a center dedicated to the printer’s art, while restoring and reusing the historic building as a new facility for students and graphic artists to live and work in Mancos.

In his new animated work, ‘Conservatory,’ Joshua Mosley builds on his previous stop-motion puppet animation (Jeu de Paume) and focuses on another moment in the same setting at the tennis court of the Chateau de Fontainebleau in France.

David Nolan Gallery presents “Parentheses,” a group exhibition curated by faculty members David Hartt and Sharon Hayes, featuring the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 MFA graduating class: Lauren Altman, Danièle Dennis, Junyuan Feng, Erlin Geffrard, Adrienne Hall, Jiayi Liu, Jiaqi Pan, Zoya Siddiqui, James Allister Sprang, Heryk Tomassini, Kasey Toomey, Monika Uchiyama, Eric Yue.

Principal investigator: Masoud Akbarzadeh 
Research team: Mohammad Bolhassani, Ali Tabatabai Ghomi, Andrei Nejur

Assistant Professor of Architecture Masoud Akbarzadeh and Dr. Andrei Nejur developed a new plugin for the Rhinoceros3d through the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL). PolyFram is a  geometry-based, structural form-finding tool for designers and structural engineers.

Photo by CC

In June of 2018, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Vincent Reina received a University Research Foundation grant to study the impact and effectiveness of the Los Angeles Housing Choice Voucher program, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Southern California.

Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis, the engagement and consulting arm of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has published a new white paper entitled Civic Infrastructure: Sustaining and Sharing the Value of Parks, Libraries, and Other Public Assets that calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships.

Students at work on Masonry Tectonics

“Beyond text, beyond image, there is a craft of making with masonry.”