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Landscape Volume 33, Number 1, 2015

In Spring 2015, graduate students from the cultural landscape studies course (HSPV 538) created an homage to J.B. Jackson and his Landscape magazine – a “new,” Philadelphia-themed issue of the long-defunct journal.

Model of section of a city.

LARP 602 Studio IV (Pevzner/Arpa/Born): Urban Design and the Working Waterfront: Red Hook Port District, Brooklyn, New York

Public realm studio 2016 Spring PENNDESIGN

Canal Redevelopment and the Public Realm: An Advanced Urban Design Studio in
Suzhou, China

A 2015 study by China’s Environment Ministry rated sixty percent of the country’s underground water, and one-third of its surface water, unfit for human contact. This is an especially big problem for cities that rely on canals for their cultural identity, such as Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East.” The city’s canals date back a thousand years and rank among China’s top domestic tourist destinations, on par with the Great Wall.

From the editors:

PANORAMA is a student-run journal that is meant to capture a snapshot of Penn's student work. This year, PANORAMA's mission has shifted from reflecting the viewpoints of only City and Regional Planning students to those of any student interested in urbanism, community building, history, theory, and practice of planning and design, as well as climate and disaster resiliency, et cetera, et cetera.

Gallery with art works on the walls.

Happiness Greens Our Irrelevance

Map of Sardinia Geo-mining park with certain areas highlighted and accompanying photographs.

Source: Valerio Morabito, Landscape Process- Processi di paesaggio. Aracne Editrice.

The former mines of Sardinia’s Geo-mining Park are the subject of a Landscape Strategy conducted by Penn Praxis and PennDesign Adjunct Professor Valerio Morabito that

Arts Building and Cloister at Nakashima house.

Arts Building and Cloister. Photo Credit: Architectural Conservation Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

PennPraxis was awarded a grant from the Getty Foundation to develop a conservation management plan for The George Nakashima House and Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania. 

PennDesign’s David Gouverneur and the Gensler Fuel Lab collaborated together to imagine a city of the future—Harare 2040—for the city of Harare in Zimbabwe. Harare was in need of a strategy to address its current housing crisis and equip it with the tools needed to work with stakeholders in many capacities related to land use planning, connectivity and accessibility, infrastructure and services provision, water management, etc.

Rendering of PennBike installed in front of the Fisher Fine Arts Library

Rendering of PennBike installed in front of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania. Image credit: Fierro & Sabin

Ever have a problem finding a place to lock your bike? Annette Fierro, Associate Professor of Architecture at PennDesign found the existing bike racks on UPenn’s campus lacking and overall dysfunctional. She joined forces with the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, PennPraxis and Jenny Sabin, then a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, and now Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University, to search for a better solution.

The National Concrete & Masonry Association (NCMA) has been contracted to work on Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M).

Spearheaded by PennDesign Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano, the TC Chan CenterFacilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) launched a project between 2013-2014 that would identify the type and scope of Building Information Modeling (BIM) resources that would affect future const

Old factory with trees growing around.

National Portland Cement Complex. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Preston Hull

The value of Lehigh Valley is visualized across its industrial landscapes where the architectural remains of quarries, kilns and mills from the last two centuries are part of the history of the nation’s great industrial era. During the 19th century and into the early 20th century, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania was a major player in the development of extractive industries including steel and cement production, coal mining, and slate quarrying.

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