Palazzos of power. Central station of the Philadelphia electric company 1900-1930

Cover photograph by Joseph Elliott

A collaboration of Associate Professor Aaron Wunsch and lecturer Joseph Elliott, recent book 'Palazzos of Power' examines Philadelphia power generating stations built by PECO between 1900-1930.

Voto Nacional Bogota, Columbia. A responsible urban renewal plan.

Executive Summary: A responsible Plan for Renewal


Crime and violence have defined the neighborhood of Voto Nacional for decades. In the heart of Bogotá, this once thriving neighborhood has experienced rapid economic decline. Once vibrant street life has been supplanted by violent illicit activities and concentrated poverty. This crime and violence radiates from a set of blocks, called El Bronx, located in the very center of Voto Nacional.

In the 1990s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited airport sponsors (local authorities managing airports) from diverting airport revenue to general municipal budgets and allowed the busiest airports to create air service incentive programs (ASIPs) to induce airlines to launch new air service. These incentive programs have not been evaluated, although planners need information on their long-term effectiveness. 

Two copies of pressing matters 5

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

Design object.

This video highlights student work from Lecturer J.D. Albert’s spring 2016 elective course, ARCH 638 Mechanisms for Design.

Map of emerging megaregions.

Source: Regional Plan Association

Megaregions are large networks of metropolitan regions that share environmental systems, topography, infrastructure, and economic implications. Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM-2) is a five-year project to conduct mobility research, provide education and workforce development, and deliver technology transfer for mobility enhancement and economic competitiveness in U.S megaregions. The project is funded by a highly competitive grant from the U.S.

Mall City. Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of consumption. Edited by Stefan Al.

Of all cities, Hong Kong has the densest and tallest concentration of malls, sandwiched between subways and skyscrapers. Its malls are also the most visited and have become cities in and of cities in and of themselves, accommodating tens of thousands of people who live, work, and play within a single structure.

Hatch is a collection of conversations that took place at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design during the spring of 2015. The conversations were led by a group of students and hosted one or two faculty members. The purpose of the conversations was to interrogate the current status of architectural discourse and the implications of the quick image within that status. Contributing faculty include Kutan Ayata, Josh Freese, Ferda Kolatan, Michael Loverich, Eduardo Rega, Andrew Saunders, and Tom Wiscombe with a foreword by Nate Hume.

In A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War (Oxford University Press), Assistant Professor of Architecture Daniel Barber revisits the solar-energy experiments during the Cold War and looks at how architecture has engaged with environmental issues. Combining the history of architecture with geopolitical considerations, the book illuminates current debates around energy, architecture, and climate.

A Landscape Symposium. Penn Landscape Dialogues

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design Department of Landscape Architecture is convening the first in a triennial series of symposia that brings together a range of emerging voices actively engaged in advancing landscape as medium of contemporary culture.

The event and corresponding publication promote work from across the spectrum of landscape-engaged practice, including, but not limited to: academic research, design research, design practice, policy, advocacy, technology and history.