Research

architectural conservation lab
Frank Matero is the Director of the Architectural Conservation Lab.
The Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is dedicated to training and research in the conservation of the built environment. This specialized facility provides a unique intellectual environment for those pursuing studies in architectural conservation and historic building technology.
Tamesna, Morocco

PennDesign assistant professor Christopher Marcinkoski, in collaboration with lecturer Javier Arpa, is developing An Atlas of African Urbanization — an exhibition and book project that documents and unpacks no fewer than 50 proposals for new towns and speculative settlement seen across the African continent since the beginnings of the global financial crisis in 2007.

PennDesign's Center for Research on Preservation and Society studies the relationships between historic preservation and contemporary social dynamics—particularly city planning, economic development, urban design and the interpretation of cultural values.
According to a recent United Nations report, 54% of the world's population lives in urban areas, and the proportion is expected to reach 66% by 2050. What form will the city of the future take? What new models have been produced by today's urban realities? What role will architects play in shaping the city of tomorrow?
City Specific Interiors: Environments of Light. Focus of this semester in the London studio aimed at articulating how light literally colors our experience of space by conditioning the physical space and our material perception of it.

Student: Ryosuke Imaeda

Disjunctive Continuity studied Haute Couture to underline its innovation, new techniques in production, provocative forms of presentation and cutting edge assembly. With a keen interest in fabrication and new materials, and contribution to the developments in the design and manufacturing of garments, the building combines the latest form, materials and technologies with a keen interest in continuity with difference and material qualities to provoke a new way of thinking of continuity in architecture.

By PennDesign Associate Professor Karen M'Closkey and Senior Lecturer Keith VanDerSys

eCrafting Circles is an online community and local group that brings together expertise from learning sciences, digital media design, computer science and informal science education.
This symposium was a forum for the discussion of the formation of a multifaceted American tradition of garden and landscape design that is based on the interpretation and adaptation of trends imported into the United States from the eighteenth century until today.

Hatch is a collection of conversations that took place at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design during the spring of 2015. The conversations were led by a group of students and hosted one or two faculty members. The purpose of the conversations was to interrogate the current status of architectural discourse and the implications of the quick image within that status. Contributing faculty include Kutan Ayata, Josh Freese, Ferda Kolatan, Michael Loverich, Eduardo Rega, Andrew Saunders, and Tom Wiscombe with a foreword by Nate Hume.