Map of UPenn campus with different types of buildings labeled.

University of Pennsylvania campus building map, utility connections labeled, Carbon Action Plan Report, 2012. 

Since 2006, when an initial Sustainability Plan was prepared for the University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Environmental Building & Design (CEBD), a faculty research and consulting unit located in the School of Design, has been at the center of the University’s environmental efforts.

Section of trail with river and trees in background.

New trail segment north of Bartram's Gardens will connect to renovated Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, working with its primary partners the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and the John Bartram Association (JBA), is leading a process to reimagine what it is calling “Bartram’s Mile,” which is one mile of currently vacant river frontage along the western banks of the Tidal Schuylkill between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street.

Two copies of pressing matters 4

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

Visualization of potential project on the Delaware River.

PennPraxis facilitated a civic engagement process and design and infrastructure plan for 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of the Central Delaware riverfront. In total, over 6,000 Philadelphian’s participated in the public process and played a crucial role in dening the future of the city’s riverfront.

Several boats in a harbor.

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 Balancing the global and the local in a working port environment
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

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.
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.