Research

Photo Stacey Rain Strickler, Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust

Francesca Russello Ammon, an assistant professor of city and regional planning and historic preservation, is helping to analyze the vast body of photographic work by legendary Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha for theGetty Research Institute (GRI).

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Vincent Reina is accepting submissions for The New Affordability Crisis, a symposium co-organized by PennDesign and Oxford.

Under the leadership of Professor William Braham, the Center for Environmental Building Design has developed building energy management plans for Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services.

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Assistant Professor Erick Guerra recently released a report that analyzes, maps, and develops a series of indicators to identify which parts of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area are affordable to lower-income residents, when accounting for the costs of housing and transportation.

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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.

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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.