The ability for anyone or any-body to appear in public space is determined by multiple conditions. At any given time and place, certain things are visible, audible, recognizable, and other things are not. How, why, whether, and for whom, people or things appear publicly is a political, social, economic, and aesthetic concern.
Using preservation as a partner in neighborhood revitalization. The full report can be read here.
Select student work from past Historic Preservation studios. Location of the site and the studio teams are indicated below each report.
For studio reports from the last 5 years (2015 - 2019) please see here.
Scenic Hudson is partnering with PennPraxis to stop the power plant that is proposed at Danskammer Point, a site on the edge of the Hudson River in the town of Newburgh, NY.
PennPraxis is working with the The State Gun Law Project, a research initiative that takes a data-driven approach to studying the relationship between gun legislation and gun violence. Praxis is performing geospatial analyses of The State Gun Law Project's gun crime data, a novel dataset that consists of decades of geolocated gun crimes and suspected gun crimes from 34 American cities.
Located in a poor, low-lying neighborhood in the City of Patna which is prone to debilitating floods, a heavily polluted nala (a low ground made into a drain), exemplifies a deep-seated problem with the infrastructure of cities in India. Driven to drain land of the heavy rain that comes with the monsoon each year, this infrastructure has made cities vulnerable to flood through drains that are choked with debris, polluted with sewage and toxic effluent, and encroached upon by unauthorized settlements.
The Boonton Preservation Project will develop a preservation plan for the Maxfield Engine House--a firehouse constructed in 1893. The firehouse occupies a prominent location in the center of Boonton, NJ’s Main Street Historic District and has served a variety of functions since the town’s fire engines became too large to use it.
Systems used to continuously monitor children’s heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen levels in hospital and home settings and generated alarms intended to warn caregivers— nurses in the hospital and parents at home— of conditions that warrant their immediate attention. However, these systems suffered from high rates of false alarms, which caused unnecessary sleep disruption, task interruptions, and alarm fatigue that “teaches” caregivers to ignore or respond slowly to future alarms.
Image: Camp for unemployed women in Atlanta, Georgia, ca. July 1934; via: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
This project establishes the first comprehensive inventory of sites associated with unemployed women during the New Deal (specifically, 1933 to 1937), sometimes referred to as “She-She-She Camps.” A counterpart to the male-centric Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), these residential camps were created by the Women’s Division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and its subsidiary state divisions to offer relief benefits to the many women on the relief rolls. They were championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and FERA’s Specialis
The Blue City Lab will be the first off-grid, community-based, floating climate lab in the US. The project is planned to be built in the Upper Bay of New York City in the Red Hook neighborhood. BlueCity will combine a climate laboratory, classroom and training facilities, a public gathering space and floating gardens. It is a model for climate-responsive architectural innovation combined with low-energy building systems and renewable energy harvesting. This project will tackle the threat of rising sea-levels by creating a resilient floating community.
The Detroit Tactical Preservation Program is a partnership between PennPraxis and the City of Detroit's Planning and Development Department that focuses on the partial and incremental reuse of specific spaces within a larger building. This effort also looks to efficiently move sections of buildings into new uses. Quick and swift reuse of buildings will catalyze further development and benefits for the community.
The National Park Service DC Small Parks Project aims to evaluate and manage change for the hundreds of parklets, roundabout circles, and other small parks created by or extended from the original L’Enfant Plan for Washington, DC by conducting detailed analyses of three prototype sites: Marion Park, Titanic Memorial Park, and a section of Fort Drive.
This project focuses on generating parametric models based on the fundamentals of 3D graphic statics. Using rhino, grasshopper, and python as the main tools, Professor Masoud Akbarzadeh and a team of Design Fellows will build these models from basic concepts of 2D form and force polygon representation of equilibrium that are migrated towards 3D spatial determinant and indeterminate truss designs.