Research

In collaboration with PORT Urbanism, Ellen Neises developed an approach to the Highlands that works across many scales, from a broad communications campaign to increase understanding of rural areas and regional nature; to large-scale, multi-purpose infrastructure corridors and strategies.

PennPraxis has worked with several clients and communities in the Lehigh Valley on a series of design projects, including the design of parks and civic streetscapes in the South Whitehall area of Allentown, and collaboration with 11 towns to imagine new futures for slate quarries as heritage parks and other placemaking and economic development projects.

HUNTS POINT LIFELINES builds on assets and opportunities of regional importance, and a coalition of national leaders in community environmental action, business and labor, to create a flood protection park for a working waterfront that is a model of social, economic, and physical resilience in the poorest U.S. Congressional District.

The South End Neighborhood Study (SENS) centered on a deep engagement process with residents and stakeholders to analyze the opportunities for growth, development, and heritage preservation in Stamford’s South End.

The project surveyed the 108-acre Great Falls of the Passaic/Society of Useful Manufactures National Historic Landmark District for the National Park Service for the first time since the district was updated in 1986.

The Historic Sacred Places Project created the first comprehensive, field-checked inventory of Philadelphia’s 842 purpose-built historic sacred places. PennPraxis’ field survey findings were published in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2017 report, Philadelphia Historic Sacred Places: Their Past, Present, and Future.

PennPraxis conducted a survey-based evaluation process for the Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places / Civic Spaces project, a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places, with North 4th LLC as project managers.

Split Screen image. city skyline and farm

This PennPlanning Equity Initiative Working Paper takes a careful look at the current magnitude of rural and urban-rural divides across America.

Edited by Franca Trubiano, Ramona Adlakha, Ramune Bartuskaite

Analogous to Our Own
Thursday May 9, 2019-Saturday May 25, 2019
Icebox Project Space
Crane Arts Building
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Opening Reception: 
Thursday May 9, 2019 6pm-9pm

Featuring work by the MFA Class of 2019: Anthony Cerilli, Rami George, Nova Gothlin, Fields Harrington, Zachary Hill, Danielle Haya Kovalski Monsonego, Carolyn Lazard, Xiaoxuan Liu, Aaron Ross, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Mengda Zhang.

Curated by Sara O'Keeffe.

Emergy intensity of a census tract accounting for assets (stocks) and annual inputs (flows), sej/yr

Metabolism of Urban Location: Travel time and the morphology of cities

William W. Braham, CEBD, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Jae Min Lee, School of Architecture, University of Ulsan, Korea 

Throughout this evolution [of cities] there is only one factor which defines the extent of human settlements: the distance man wants to go or can go in the course of his daily life. Doxiadis, 1970

Kirigami cooling panel

NSF Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER):

Environmentally responsive, water harvesting and self-cooling building envelopes

Prof. Shu Yang, MSE CBE SEAS, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. William W. Braham, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Jie Yin, Mechanical Engineering, Temple University
Max Hakkarainen, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania
Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania

Water Vapor harvesting for self-cooling

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