Research

Mumbai, a dense, vibrant, and complex metropolitan region of 21 million inhabitants serves as the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of the country. The city aspires to emerge as a major global city in the 21st Century, but continues to face a variety of economic, social, infrastructural, and environmental concerns. Mumbai’s economic drivers and employment generators are shifting, economic inequality is growing, and its demand for affordable housing far exceeds its supply.

LA+LB 2050 is an ambitious, timely, and systematic plan to enhance the resilience of the Los Angeles and Long Beach waterfront over the next 35 years. This plan recognizes a need for robust resilience planning in the Los Angeles and Long Beach communities along the San Pedro Bay. As the home of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, the LA/LB waterfront is a critical economic engine for both the state and the nation. The communities neighboring the ports, however, are characterized by vast social, economic, and environmental disparities.

Cartagena 2040: Rethinking the Role of Tourism in a Dynamic and Growing City is a plan put forth by ten graduate students in the City & Regional Planning program at the University of Pennsylvania. This plan was created through the Resilient Waterfronts studio in the fall semester of 2015 with the guidance of Ferdinando Micale, a principal at Wallace, Roberts, and Todd, a design firm in Philadelphia.

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Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures explores the potential to shape a new public realm. Published in 2015 by Princeton Architectural Press, essays, roundtable discussions, and selected projects by WEISS/MANFREDI identify new terms, conditions, and models that insist architecture must evolve to create more productive connections between landscape, infrastructure, and urban territories.
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?
Dilworth Plaza. Credit: David Swift via Flickr

The constantly shifting concept of “public good” poses a challenge to designers, stewards and managers of public space, as well as to politicians, elected officials, community leaders and citizens. How are public-good ideals rendered and tended in public spaces, sites, buildings, infrastructure and institutions?  Praxis Dialogues offers an opportunity to discuss these questions in a series of public conversations.

Bruce Mau is internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics. His most recent work applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems. Mau’s current design consultancy, Massive Change Network, founded in 2010 together with partner Bisi Williams, is based on twenty-four principles that individuals or a global brand can use to set goals and achieve solutions.

North Brother Island, Credit: Christopher Payne

North Brother Island is a valuable historic landscape and a fragile reserve of significant ecological value. Following a long history as a quarantine hospital, the island was abandoned nearly 50 years ago and is now managed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as a wildlife reserve. As public land in the Bronx, North Brother Island (NBI) presents wonderful opportunities for preservation, education and community benefit.

The Undergraduate Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania presents the 2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition: O. The exhibition is the culmination of the Undergraduate Fine Arts major curriculum, and represents the senior thesis projects of sixteen students working in a variety of disciplines. 

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